From the Multnomah County Library
The Multnomah County Library (http://www.multnomah.lib.or.us/lib)
serves over 1.5 million people in the Portland Metropolitan Area here in
beautiful Oregon, USA. Our Central Library in Portland, and 15 branch libraries
throughout the area, currently provide over 250 computer search stations to the
public. A portion of these stations are what we call "Kids' Computers" which
offer close to 20 networked educational and entertaining CD-ROM products. The
Gresham Regional Library, for example, has eight of these stations clustered
together in the children's area. We needed to find a way to better control the
spikes in sound, which at times could have shattered the windows. In addition,
some of the CD-ROMs allowed users to turn down or mute the volume from within
the program, thereby affecting the volume level for all the other programs.
After searching high and low on the Internet, I discovered Complete Software
Solutions and NoiseNak. The programmers at Complete Software Solutions were
quite generous in working with me to develop a solution. NoiseNakPlus is the
result of their efforts. With the option to hide NoiseNakPlus from the user, we
continue to provide seamless access through our Netscape shell under Windows NT.
Users can still control the volume to some degree using volume controls on the
speakers in the monitor (which we find desirable). NoiseNakPlus is launched via
our logon script and uses the settings we setup as local administrator on the
workstation. The user sees nothing, but any attempts to change the windows
master volume or the wave volume levels through a program are disabled. Audio
output is now consistent and controllable.
NoiseNakPlus has many other features we have yet to explore. Through line
command control we have the ability to customize the volume settings for each
program as it is launched. Under some applications, as with stations where
headphones may be desired, an on-screen button bar with volume up and down
controls is available. With NoiseNakPlus we are ready to move forward and
experiment with offering Internet audio resources on our other public search
stations. NoiseNakPlus offers us the flexibility, security and control we really
need if we are able to offer audio in a public library.
Great job and thanks for a terrific program!
Multnomah County Library