Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Now that I have a roommate, and we differ in…
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
Now that I have a roommate, and we differ in our waking hours, and I use dialup to access the Internet, I've turned my modem volume down to zero. I wish I could continue listening to that sweet, familiar melody every time I get online, especially since it helps me diagnose difficulties, but I'll give that up if it lets Paulina stay aslumber.
The last time I turned my modem volume down to zero was in high school. As I told my classmates, I sometimes wanted to go online without waking my parents. Robin Yamaguchi told me that he stuffed cotton balls in the speakers of his CPU. I eventually found the "modem volume" dialog box and didn't take his suggestion.