The Most Annoying Gadget Flaw

August 26, 2010 at 22:21:43
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What do you think are the most annoying gadget flaws? My current pet peeve is the inability to view Flash based content on the iPad. The other is the inability to program the fast forward on the DVR to skip through the commercials so one has to press buttons multiple times which requires excessive energy expenditure on my thumbs...Hey, I just want to vegetate and not actually have to pay attention and actively press buttons that's just asking for too much.

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#1
August 27, 2010 at 05:44:41
My current pet peeve is the inability to view Flash based content on the iPad.

I still say that sounds more like a feminine hygiene product than electronics.......lol.

Personally, you couldn't give me one. I have no interest in a glorified, oversized iPhone. I suspect that it's due to it's limitations that it can't view flash. But I bet if enough people complain, the next iteration of them will be flash capable. Of course, that means present owners would have to go out and buy new ones........

other is the inability to program the fast forward on the DVR to skip through the commercials so one has to press buttons multiple times which requires excessive energy expenditure on my thumbs

Actually, it could be even simpler than you think. Consider this. Any/all syndicated shows go to multiple TV stations across the nation, if not the continent (North American) and in some cases, around the world. So, in each and every TV show at each commercial break there's a signal that tells the TV stations "Insert commercials here" and then when the break is over, another that says "Ok, start the program again". Why not a DVD recorder that recognizes the signal and pauses on the first one and continues recording on the second?!?!

No muss, no fuss and best of all no commercials at all! This incidentally, has been a pet peeve of mine for some time.

I'd heard some years back there was a VHS recorder that did that, but as much as I tried to find one, I never could.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
August 27, 2010 at 08:51:46
I still say that sounds more like a feminine hygiene product than electronics.......lol.

So true. What an unfortunate product name. Of course I get it, it's like a notepad and yaddi yadda, so stick an 'i' in front of it and the naming is done.

I'd heard some years back there was a VHS recorder that did that, but as much as I tried to find one, I never could.

So did I! And to this day, I'm searching for the gadget that allows programmable commercial skips...it needs to be programmable because some shows have gotten sneaky and now do these faux content where they do tiny snippets of out-takes embedded in a sea of commercials...just to make sure that my thumbs don't gain weight.

I left out another gadget flaw. My toaster probably has crumbs from the turn of the century. You could probably start a sourdough factory from the wreckage forever trapped in the heating elements. Yes, it has a slide-out pan on the bottom, but that only gets the few crumbs that actually make it to the bottom. So I also have to invert it and shake really hard. I guess if I really got tired of it, I could coat the bottom slide out tray with some sort of adhesive and call it a Roach Motel.


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#3
August 27, 2010 at 14:30:39
So did I! And to this day, I'm searching for the gadget that allows programmable commercial skips...it needs to be programmable because some shows have gotten sneaky and now do these faux content where they do tiny snippets of out-takes embedded in a sea of commercials...just to make sure that my thumbs don't gain weight.

Ahhh, you mean like when the show ends, they roll the credits and show next week's teaser in a small square at the top corner of your TV while the other 90% of the screen gets the freaking commercials.........LOL

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
August 27, 2010 at 15:06:16
The A/C dims most of the lights when it starts. It sometimes manages to trip its own breaker, which is kinda sad considering it has its own FORTY AMP circuit. It's way too easy to stop a Trane.

The router's slowly dying. This is my 4th router to start fading away after just 18 months of (ab)use.

HDTV compression artifacts. Why are they still using MPEG-2?

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#5
August 27, 2010 at 20:17:32
Cells phones that drop calls for no apparent reasons.

Time Warner's new Navigator software. We know it sucks and they know it sucks.


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#6
August 27, 2010 at 20:41:07
@Curt_R

Yes, that is exactly what I am talking about...that plus now I am finding that throughout some of these reality shows that I follow, there are these vignettes that run for about a minute that look like it is part of the main story line, but it is not...it is only there to break the thumb pattern of hitting fast forward five times...argh


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#7
August 27, 2010 at 20:55:06
PS @Curt_R

I was thinking the same thing about the iPhone and iPad...now I am flippin' addicted to the iPad...since I got it, the laptop and all of it's annoying boot up time and clunkiness seems so Paleolithic. Still using the desktop for all the heavy lifting. I think of it as my ink free way towards accessing a plethora of news and information...no dirty piles of newspapers to recycle...and as the most convenient way to connect instantly to the Internet.


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#8
August 27, 2010 at 21:01:00
@jackbomb

The A/C dims most of the lights when it starts. It sometimes manages to trip its own breaker, which is kinda sad considering it has its own FORTY AMP circuit. It's way too easy to stop a Trane.
HDTV compression artifacts. Why are they still using MPEG-2?
PCI slots on modern motherboards. More PCIe x1, please!
Justin Bieber on anything with a color LCD panel and/or speaker.

Too, too funny! Heck yes and amen to that buddy!


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#9
August 27, 2010 at 21:05:44
@DerbyDad03

Yep, I have gotten so used to random dropped calls that I have resigned myself to expect it to happen every so often...kinda like when you have a construction project, expect that it will go beyond the time estimate and something will go wrong.


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#10
August 28, 2010 at 05:51:00
Radix-64

I was thinking the same thing about the iPhone and iPad...now I am flippin' addicted to the iPad...since I got it, the laptop and all of it's annoying boot up time and clunkiness seems so Paleolithic. Still using the desktop for all the heavy lifting. I think of it as my ink free way towards accessing a plethora of news and information...no dirty piles of newspapers to recycle...and as the most convenient way to connect instantly to the Internet.

I've looked them over but have no use for it.

I know they work for some people but I don't even own a laptop and don't want one. I work with computers and have for 15+ years so when my day is done, I don't carry one around with me and never plan to. I guess you could say, I've had enough.

We do take my wife's laptop (supplied by her work) with us when we go on vacation. But that's solely just so we can dump pic's from the camera. I won't touch it when on vacation.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#11
August 28, 2010 at 07:04:16
@Curt_R

I can totally understand your vantage point. Having some sort of separation from work is a healthy approach.

Another annoying gadget flaw...anything with too many bells any whistles...dig cameras, remotes come to mind...


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#12
August 28, 2010 at 10:25:35
IPad = feminine hygiene product connected to the net. I am guessing this is for light flow days as it relies on battery power for the most part.

Air compressors do wanders for toaster crumbs. Also sraying a little Pam in them after cleaning helps.

Umteen years ago an uncle brought home a vcr from the philippines with a harddrive. The way it worked was on a delay. It would record to the harddrive and as it hit commercials it would delete them and add the content to the tape. My uncle said after recording when you hit the stop button it would still appear to be recording for about ten minutes and you could do nothing. After that you could watch the vhs tape with no commercials. He said as far as he knew after the recording went to the tape the content auto deleted from the harddrive and he knew of no way to access the drive.

I don't have any teenage girls in the house so what is a Justin Bieber?


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#13
August 28, 2010 at 12:12:01
"I don't have any teenage girls in the house so what is a Justin Bieber?"

She's just another teen idol, but what really sets her apart is that she doesn't know what German is.

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#14
August 28, 2010 at 14:20:11
She?                                        


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#15
August 28, 2010 at 21:34:29
Shim? (she-him?)

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#16
August 28, 2010 at 21:40:02
IPad = feminine hygiene product connected to the net. I am guessing this is for light flow days as it relies on battery power for the most part.

@harrddrocker

Ha, ha, now that is witty and true. With the iPad you can have that stay fresh feeling without the bulkiness.
It is so thin and light, you will forget it is there.

The Pam idea is brill.


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#17
August 28, 2010 at 21:50:00
Has anyone driven a car that has a remote key that does not make a chirp when you press the remote lock, leaving one to wonder if the car is really locked? That is annoying.

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#18
August 28, 2010 at 23:40:18
"Shim?"
Nope.

"She?"
Yep. Unless my sound card is buggy and speeding up the audio. :-o

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#19
August 29, 2010 at 20:21:50
I assume you're kidding.

He be a he or this is porn.



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