The Mis-Adventures in Technology of an Old Dog Learning New Tricks…


Space buffs like me are sure to get a kick out of this one: NASA has released a score of historical sound bites from the space program for use as ringtones or system sounds.

I ask you, what could be more appropriate to herald an error on your PC than Jack Swigert’s “Houston, we have a problem” from Apollo 13? Or, alternately, what better way to celebrate a successful boot than listening to the ground crew celebrate Apollo 11’s liftoff?

The sounds on offer range from bizarre (like Saturn: Radio Emissions #1) to funny (the guys on Apollo 12 really had a sense of humor) to heartwarming (think Apollo 8’s “Merry Christmas” to the planet earth).

While I appreciate NASA doing a solid for all us smartphone users, and as cool as it is to have snippets of history on your phone, only a few of the sounds really have…

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