Jason Lindquist (jlindquist) wrote,
Jason Lindquist

Your printer is out of paper, motherfucker!

As many hardcore Macintosh folks know, System 10 is a direct descendant of the old NeXTSTEP operating system. Interface elements like the open/save dialog and the tree view of the Finder windows are similar cousins to what you found on a NeXT. Several of the system beeps (Basso, Frog, Funk, Ping, and Tink) are direct carryovers. Unfortunately, they left a few things out in the transition. NeXTs shipped with "Ni!" and "Doh!" system beeps (Ni and Homer, the two most popular user settings in the old UIUC NeXT labs,) and a printer driver that verbally warned you of error conditions--the infamous NeXT Printer Bitch.

Nothing was more infuriating than being in a lab with an empty printer and no paper to reload it with. All night long, the system that printer was connected to would complain, in a snotty female British accent, "Your printer is out of paper."

One of my long-running, low-priority projects has been to find a way to get those sound files off an old NeXTSTEP 3 install CD I swiped out of the DCL NeXT lab many years ago. (The labs had all been upgraded, and each license included a media pack. There were literally hundreds of them stacked in the lab. Who would miss one?) For the record, mount -t ufs -o ro,ufstype=nextstep-cd /dev/scd1 /cdrom is your friend.

I've stashed all the sound files I could read over here. Notable collections are the system beeps and the English printer errors. The printer errors in other languages are present. Some play in my version of sox, some do not. These are still in the original NeXT .snd format. Sometime I'll convert them to .aiff, but I don't have time right now. :-)

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