I started this thread becuse I really need to vent and realized that this is one of my biggest pet peeves at work!! Mute the damn computer. I do not want to hear your IM alert everytime you get pinged. I don't understand how they don't find it annoying with the constant ring of a something like a bell. Similarly in meeting, email alerts with sounds or really any sounds enabled for clicking or whatever just is too distracting. I am already usually very distracted at meetings and these "alerts" just add anger to my already distracted state!! Rant over.