Relaxing sounds from your computerQ. I have purchased many...


February 15, 1993|By Knight-Ridder News Service

Relaxing sounds from your computer

Q. I have purchased many items about which you have written that relate to computer stress. I now use a wrist rest, a special back support and an anti-glare filter. What else can I get to help me through my computer day?

A. Environmental science has shown that sound can contribute JTC to your state of mind. So it was a natural leap to make the computer generate relaxing sounds to soothe you throughout your business day.

Zounds is a little background program that plays your choice of relaxing sounds while you use your computer. It comes with a collection that includes Aviary, By the Bay, Hearth, Swamp (complete with frogs and crickets), Harps and On the Farm.

Each contains a variety of sounds, so things don't get monotonous. It's Raining, my favorite, varies the intensity of rain along with gentle thunder and an occasional thunder crash.

If you are the more productive type, you might like Zounds' Italian, which repeats commonly used Italian phrases. I don't think Zounds will teach you to speak Italian, but it sounds nice.

So, relax, take a deep breath, activate On the Farm, and listen to those chickens.

Zounds is for the Apple Macintosh and sells for $49.99. It's also from Digital Eclipse Software: (800) 289-3374 or (510) 547-6101.

* (Craig Crossman is the host of a weekly radio show, Computer America, heard nationwide. Send questions in care of Business Monday, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla. 33132. Please include your phone number.)

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