I just finished (well, just started too… it didn’t take very long) a little program to take care of a problem I have had with my computer for a very long time. I have a computer in my bedroom and occasionally in the middle of the night it will beep, twang, squeal, buzz, speak, or make some other noise that will wake me up. Some nights I do remember to turn down the volume before I go to bed, but most nights I just forget. So I created IdleVolume.
It’s just a little program that turns down the volume on the computer when it has been inactive for a period of time. Similar to the way your screensaver kicks in or the computer turns off your monitor when you haven’t used the keyboard or mouse for a while. But with sound.
It sits in your notification area waiting for you to do nothing. Literally. You set the amount of time that it waits, and also the volume level for when that period of time has elapsed. Then it turns down your volume. Then when you come back to your computer (or your cat walks by) and move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard it sets your volume back to where it was previously. Easy peasy.
This is one of those “duh! why didn’t someone else think of that?” things that I wish someone else had taken care of years ago, but nobody has I guess. So I did. You can thank me later.
I wrote this program for me, but thought others might find it useful, so I’m making it available for free. No charge. Costs zero. No advertising. Without any catch, because it’s something everybody should have. Just go to my company web site and download it. And enjoy. And tell your friends.
It requires a version of Windows newer than Vista (so it works with Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, and 7), so XP and Mac users need not apply. It won’t work. And I don’t plan to write an XP or Mac version either, sorry! Too much work for too little (“no benefit to me”) in return.