Design faults in everyday objects.

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25/02/2013 at 17:15

@Eggy and Run wales.

RunWales, all you need to do to turn the skybox itself on is to press the sky button - so Eggy is right there.

BUT to get the picture from the sky boxto show on the TV, you may then need to press TV - and then help until the TV is showing the correct signal, and then press SKY again to control the skybox.

So you're both right, but talking at cross purposes.

25/02/2013 at 17:18

Anyone remember the Young Ones episode where they manage to make toast in the VCR, cos they followed the wrong instructions to fix it?  So technically, that was a horizontal-slotted toaster.  And I've never seen my brother laugh so much before or since.  I think he fell off the sofa.

25/02/2013 at 17:20

Look away now if you're squeamish about poo.

Not to lower the tone, but the toilets at my work are terrible. The pan is contoured in such a way that the poo inevitably hits a bit of the pan that the water jumps over when you flush- so it never flushes away properly. I can't believe anyone could design anything so poorly for its primary purpose.

They're very elegant but utterly rubbish.

25/02/2013 at 17:28

you have to lift the on switch our kettle on. It's position means that if there is a plate/ saucer next to the kettle it is possible to turn it on by accident and it will not turn off because the switch is held in the up positiobn.

 

25/02/2013 at 19:54

Im impressed musketeer has cup and saucers

25/02/2013 at 20:10
Rob Walker 12 wrote (see)

Look away now if you're squeamish about poo.

Not to lower the tone, but the toilets at my work are terrible. The pan is contoured in such a way that the poo inevitably hits a bit of the pan that the water jumps over when you flush- so it never flushes away properly. I can't believe anyone could design anything so poorly for its primary purpose.

They're very elegant but utterly rubbish.

In Austria they eat so much pork that the toilets are designed so that you can inspect the faeces for signs of tape worm, before flushing.

25/02/2013 at 20:15

Blimey Canute how does that work? Is there a magnifying glass attachment or what?

 

25/02/2013 at 20:32

I know Rob, the mind boggles!

25/02/2013 at 20:36

Maybe she thought it would make a nice pet?

 

Blisters    pirate
25/02/2013 at 23:22

If I want to turn my computer off, I have to press the tab labelled "Start".

Have you ever tried drinking from one of those classic triangular martini cocktail glasses? Try moving without the entire contents jumping straight out.

Ladder style heater towel rails? It takes the patience of a Saint to thread a towel onto them.

Modern draught proof letter boxes? They are impenetrable to letters, yet still allow freezing cold draughts to permeate.

The buttons on a Blackberry phone. You need two hands to operate it to get the upper functions, and most human fingers cover an area of 9 buttons anyway.

25/02/2013 at 23:51

My legs.  Don't move quickly enough and refuse to take hints from training or instruction.

 

26/02/2013 at 07:54

those metal tea pots at service stations/little chef etc, its impossible to pour them without it going everywhere,

26/02/2013 at 08:48

+1 with 40mins (how ya doing fella?? long time no see)

someone on the radio this morning said "you have to listen to your body" - mine keeps telling me to feck off....

27/02/2013 at 11:53
27/02/2013 at 12:30

KK - Me being slower than you may fit your definition of fine...

FB - Doing fine thanks.  I keep getting links to your recruitment of interesting-sounding people on linkedin.  Only problem at the moment is keeping up with that kitten!

 

27/02/2013 at 13:28

most of the doors in my office are fitted with alarms that emit a high pitched tone if they're open for more than about 10-15 seconds. This is to prevent doors being left open and unauthorised people walking where they're not permitted. They're all slightly weighted so they close by themselves, but the one nearest my desk also has a catch that allows it to stick in the open position, which means about half the people who go through it open it the full way, hitting the catch, followed by a high pitched squeek about 10 seconds later. This, all day long, about every 10 minutes.

27/02/2013 at 13:33

My Garmin 205... where it is just too easy to accidentally stop the watch or start a new lap when adjusting my sleeve.

27/02/2013 at 13:43

Speaking of watches...

Why do most watches (men's analogue ones anyway) seem to come with a bunch of tiny dials set into the watch face? Seems like you'd struggle to read them, even if you knew what they were for.

28/02/2013 at 12:00
goldbeetle wrote (see)

Im impressed musketeer has cup and saucers

Of course we have got saucers - what else would we drink from?


 

28/02/2013 at 20:29
Tom77 wrote (see)

Speaking of watches...

Why do most watches (men's analogue ones anyway) seem to come with a bunch of tiny dials set into the watch face? Seems like you'd struggle to read them, even if you knew what they were for.

i'm not a fan of chronograph either (used to be), but you dont actually need to read them on the fly, its a stop watch of sorts, my breitling has chrono but i'm selling it to buy a nicer clean faced omega, 

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