This is my fourth logbook entry for my Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) course.
A few weeks ago on a Sunday morning, a piercing, ear-splitting din pervaded my apartment: the fire alarm. This is not anything like your typical household smoke detector: smoke detectors are merely loud. This sound causes pain. We managed to scoop up the cat and shove her into her carrier and head outside. Fortunately, it was a false alarm: workers in the restaurant on the ground floor of my building accidentally triggered the alarm system.
The fire department arrived and confirmed that, indeed, there was no fire. However, they did not have the code to turn off the alarm. Neither did the employees at the restaurant. I called the maintenance number for our building who relayed the top-secret code that would reset the alarm: 1-2-3-4.
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