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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese Silver badge

Workplaces are quieter now. No longer do you suffer the scream of dot matrix printers or tweedling of fax modems, let alone digital squeaks. I miss these sounds a little, possibly because they seemed, I dunno, organic.

Quieter? I really wish that was the case. According to the crude decibel-o-meter app on my phone, I'm currently in the sonic equivalent of heavy traffic. Dot matrix printers and fax machines may have gone, but they've been replaced by a multitude of other noises in this open plan office.

I literally have to put in earplugs when I need some peace and quiet in order to concentrate on anything

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