Beep! Beep! Using the Bell to Locate a Server

I got a message from a datacenter recently.  They were looking for a server.  Apparently the location information was mis-recorded (or forgotten).  They asked me whether I could make the computer beep so it could be located.  The DOS bell is CTRL-G.  Typing CTRL-G (ASCII 7) was easy in DOS days, but is a little challenging in Windows land.  I solved this by dusting off the WordPerfect Editor (see post here).  The resulting batch file beep.cmd loops the bell until you break or close the window.

You can also create a file from the command line with the bell:

copy con bell.bat
@echo off
echo ^G


They found the server pretty quickly.

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