Beep Central

The worst thing about stopping at a McDonald’s, even worse than the food, is the noise pollution. 100% of the time there is at least one machine in the kitchen area beeping and being ignored.

I hate that. I imagine the workers have all gone noise-blind, don’t even notice it anymore.

It reminds me of all the false or misconfigured alerts we get at work. Endless noise we have to sort thru just to find the few that are reporting actual important problems.

My boss will tell you he believes in “no inactionable alerts” and in the next breath justify why we setup application alerts on new servers the day they’re built, long before the app is installed, instead of closer to their go-live dates. Also, at least 70% of our documentation is left empty, particularly when it comes to listing the actions our team is expected to perform when an alert goes off.