Quiet on the Set: Software I Wrote to Keep Calvin From Turning Up His Windows PC Too Loud
Calvin has an obsession over two specific songs: Since You’ve Been Gone and Fireworks. I’m not complaining about his musical taste, but I am complaining about how loud he loves to listen to it. He’s just not always self-aware of how loud music impacts other around him.
Here’s what would happen at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning: Calvin would wake up and start listening to music with his headphones on. Halfway through the song, he would unplug his headphones and then turn up the volume as loud as he could . . . blasting the rest of the house out of our slumber with the candy pop vocals of Katie Perry. As a software developer, I decided to take action.
I wrote a Windows program called Quiet on the Set (I’m very proud of the name). It’s a very simple program that lets you set a maximum volume for a Windows PC and it won’t let the volume go louder than that level.
Unfortunately, Calvin quickly figured out how to unlock and exit the program, so I added an optional “password” option which you can use to lock/unlock the volume. But keep in mind that this is not really a secure password–it’s just a phrase you need to type to unlock the volume, so don’t use a real password.
You can download it for free here.