Some appliances consume quite a bit of power even when they are switched off. In the following table "soft off" means that it is turned off using the remote control or soft button. "switch off" means it is turned off using the (apparent) on/off switch. ApplianceOnSoft offSwitch off Sharp TV 1452424 Samsung 22 inch TV… Continue reading Power consumption hall of shame
Griffins suggests that you should serve two macaroons, one with a bite taken out of it, along with half of a miniature fresh coconut: Tip top suggests that you should serve icecream by placing a ball of it on the table, and inserting two whole vanilla beans to look like a moustache. Then draw a… Continue reading Stupid serving suggestions.
What should a power user's microwave oven interface look like? Not like My panasonic one Two vertical touch strips, one linear power 10% to 100%, the other logarithmic time. Touch the power to set power, touch the time to set time and start the cooking. The controls have lights behind to show current power setting… Continue reading A Better Microwave Oven UI
Dan Randow recently asked "Is Email Killing Collaboration". He concluded This preliminary investigation has confirmed my hunches that people are stuck with email and that email is not great for collaboration. But they seem not to be bothered by that. This raises more questions than it answers." I'm going to describe the situation at the… Continue reading Email collaboration?
Now I really have something to bemoan. I took some photos of our house, and some of our neighbours. As you can see, all things considered we are not badly off.
Microwave oven user interfaces suck.
My lovely brother gave us a Navman S35 GPS navigator for Christmas. Cool! It works great in the car (its intended purpose). However, he suggested we might enjoy some geocaching. Hmmm. Not so fast. On the surface this thing has some serious shortcomings for non-car navigation small battery (<3 hours runtime away from the car)… Continue reading Navman S35 GPS