What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:03 pm EST

Lately, my computer has been emitting a rather shrill noise. It bugs me once in a while, but it’s really been bothering Edo, so he took the whole thing apart this past weekend and determined that it’s coming from the power supply. He couldn’t fix it, so that will have to be replaced. Oh well.

Fast forward to last night: I was minding my own business, not hurting anyone, when my ears were suddenly attacked by one of the most obnoxious noises I’ve ever heard.

“What the hell was that?!” I yelled.

“Oh, so you could hear that?” Edo replied.

“Yes, I could hear it! Now what the hell was it?!”

“It’s a high pitched tone ringtone that kids have been using since most adults can’t hear it.”

*Noise starts again*


“Wow, so that really bugs you. Kate, I can barely hear it, especially now that I’ve lowered the volume. I must have lost a little of my hearing range.”

“Edo, that noise is intolerable. I think I would kill anyone who put that on their cell phone.”

Seriously, the noise was like torture, and it even gave me a bit of headache. I can’t believe anyone would willingly listen to that.

The weird thing is that now my computer is bugging me more than ever! It’s actually becoming intolerable. So I wonder, did my computer get worse, or have my ears become temporarily hypersensitive to high frequencies? Or (more likely) is this all just in my head?

Further Reading:
-A Ring Tone Meant to Fall on Deaf Ears [NYT]
-I am officially old [The Trouble With Spikol, via Philadelphia Will Do]

4 Responses to “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”

  1. Heather Says:

    It just means you’re a young whippersnapper with decent hearing, still. HA!
    I heard about that the other day, actually.. WEIRD.

  2. daveT Says:

    your mutant powers are finally developing…

  3. Lushy Says:

    Our computer also does that on occassion. Sadly, I think we are just getting used to it, because I don’t notice it nearly as much these days.

  4. Kate Says:

    Mine is constant, and only seems to be getting worse. I just discussed it with Edo, and we’re going to replace the power supply ASAP.