Last modified January 9, 2020
The Silent PC was added to the World Wide Web in November 1998. At that time there was little written on the acoustic aspect of information technology ergonomics, and there were few signs of any market for acoustic comfort. At the same time were many people, the site author included, heard complaining about the noise emissions from their computers. It was also early recognized that building very quiet computers wasn't too complicated, or too expensive: It was obvious that industry lacked incentive to produce quiet products. These were the four main reasons for creating a web page on the IT noise issue.
The first single page was in November 2001 for to improve readability divided into several ones. May 2003 the site was transferred from home.swipnet.se/tr/silence.html to www.silent.se. I realized that the url without www better conforms with my strive for simplicity, and with the intention to enrich the domain silent.se with more subjects The Silent PC April 2013 moved to the subdirectory silent.se/pc
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We have since 1998 seen an enormous increase of interest in noiseless computing. Where there used to be little to find when searching the World Wide Web for the subject, can we now find hundreds of thousands of references. Low levels of noise emissions are today often regarded a natural aspect of IT ergonomics, and in most IT related magazines and at most IT related web sites is it at this point possible to find hardware reviews including products' acoustic aspects, and advertisements for quiet PCs and components for to build quiet PCs. There are now several most initiated hardware reviewing web sites specifically focusing on low-noise computing.
Acoustic comfort is also clearly becoming a product and service differentiator in other areas than for IT equipment: The automotive, air-conditioning, home appliance, building, hotel, train, heavy equipment and aircraft industries are just a few examples of business fields that nowadays invest a lot money to achieve low levels of distracting sounds, and in sound quality engineering.
The Silent PC web site main goal was in the early 2000's fulfilled, and it is since about 2005 rarely updated. The site is kept for historical reasons and as a reference.