It's years ago -- so far back that, at this pilot fish's company, PCs don't routinely come with sound cards, but just small speakers to let the PCs beep.

"I found a bit of code that allowed the PC speaker to play actual sound clips," says fish. "I distributed it to everyone in our IT department, along with some sound files to play.

"One of the most popular uses for this was email notifications -- you could assign custom sounds to different users so you knew who sent the message and whether you should stop what you're doing and look at the message."

One day fish's supervisor -- who's also a good friend -- suddenly storms into fish's cube, punches him in the arm and begins swearing at him.

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