Wake up. Boot Up. Log in. Hack. Shut down. Wake up. Boot Up. Log in. Hack. Shut down. Wake up. Boot Up. Log in. Hack. Shut down. On repeat for weeks until the problem is cracked. Anything from hunting bugs in a program to breaking into another secure computer. Forget to eat? Redbull and vodka. Forget to sleep? Redbull and vodka. This is your life now. You haven’t shaved in weeks. You thrive on the numbers and strings. You breathe binary. You know no other life. Wake up. Boot Up. Log in. Hack. Shut down.

Thus is the daily grind of a programmer. Now, I do have to say, most real programmers use GNU/Linux (or at least some other *nix like macOS or BSD), but the Windows XP sounds were so believable. And dial-up is so outdated, but what better way to convey getting online? I mean, if I’m using a decade year old OS, why not throw in a two decade old technology too? Splicing these tracks together in Audacity was no problem.

Sound effects can be found listed below:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN3xp8uOVL4
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsNaR6FRuO0
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxDQWtXSVpA
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nQ2oiVqKHw
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb2jGy76v0Y

4 thoughts on “Hack

  1. I really enjoyed this! The story behind it was great, and gave a great look into the tiring life of programmer. The sound effects worked well to convey what was happening in your story.

    The only critique I might have was that the keyboard tapping went on a little too long by itself; I found myself wondering after a while if something else was going to happen or if that was it.

    Great job!

    1. I do appreciate the constructive criticism, but the length was deliberate, as the coding seems endless.

  2. I love how familiar all these sounds are and yet I was somewhat startled each time the windows jingle played. It was a quick paced sound bit that was very well matched by the choppy syntax in your description. Well done!

    1. I’ve avoided the windows theme by just switching to Linux! Well, that’s not the actual reason, but it’s not like that loud start-up sound was doing anyone any favors.

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