How to put Homestar on your computer.

And, another word that looks funny when you write it a lot. Or twice: Should.

If you're a Mac user and a Homestar Runner fan, you may enjoy this tip. About a year ago, I modified my computer to make Homestar yell "Baleeted!" when something is dragged to the Trash. He also says, "Email," when I get a new email, but that's another lesson.

Here's how to do what I did:
1. Download the audio file here, which I have conveniently shortened and converted to AIFF for you. The original file can be found in the "System Sounds Pack" from the Downloads page.
2. Unzip, which should expand to drag to trash.aif
3. Replace the existing drag to trash.aif file in System/Library/Components/CoreAudio.component/Contents/Resources/SystemSounds/dock with the one you just downloaded.
4. Restart and drag something to the trash. It should play Homestar's voice. If it doesn't, I dunno, make sure you're not muted by testing other system sounds, then try again. If it still doesn't work, umm, check your permissions or something. If that doesn't do it, well, uh... Well, it SHOULD work!

I realized that some of you (or other users on your computer) may get tired of the sound, so I've put the original up here for download.

Posted: Tuesday - March 15, 2005 at 01:35 AM