The more I
look at listen to Windows Vista, the more I like its new sound mixer.
It really is refreshing to crank up some music without also cranking up the annoying sounds from an IM program. Being able to control sounds individually is a good thing.
And although the fuss and secrecy over the sounds (created by Robert Fripp) was ridiculous, the sounds themselves are very soft and subtle and cool in a smooth jazz kind of way.