Recently I was trying to fix a problem with someone’s pc. The pc had mysteriously stopped sending system events noises (email beep, start windows, stop windows…) through the speakers and would only make the rather unpleasant beep that comes directly from the computer speaker itself.
It turned out that it resulted from an entry that a downloaded program (the Weather Channel client) had made in the registry. Eventually I discovered this and deleted the entry.
The amusing thing for me was the stuff that showed up when I was searching. I was putting in words like “windows xp beep system events registry key” in various combinations, but when I searched with one of those combinations what were the first entries?
Stories from alt.sex.spanking. I have no idea why.