Ran across a very funny letter by a Design News reader on the reliability of moden appliances.
Here it is (forgive the copying). ---- Ted
HEAR ME NOW? Here's my story: My original (or first two to three) analog cell phones
worked reliably when the battery was charged. When cell phones went digital, they started
doing strange things. About every three to four months, I had to go across town to stand
in line at a real cellular store (not the mall kiosk where you buy them) and get the
“echo” function turned off. They had no idea why I would get a 3-second delay of every
thing I said played back loudly in my earpiece. (Note: I was never good at the Row,
Row Your Boat rounds.)
Recently, my husband decided to solve the problem by getting
me the master of all cell phones. It's that popular flip style with the glitzy name.
He even got the top brand wireless earpiece with it. This was not a cheap shopping trip
for him either. The ear piece worked for a month or two, and then it started cutting
off five minutes into every call. Next it started activating the amazing function on
the phone to dial the number of the name you speak into the phone — in the middle of
calls. Before cutting your call off, the phone screen would repeatedly demand you to
SAY NAME NOW. Thank goodness I didn't have Mr. Goshdarn programmed in, because the demand
repeated until I turned the earpiece completely off. That required removal of the battery,
because the single “off/on/redial/volume up/volume down” button didn't always perform
the specific function I wanted. That too, passed. Now, even with a new battery I can
lay it on top of the cell phone and the phone says “Weak signal.” I'm now holding this
fancy dancy phone to my ear, because even after years of yoga I still can't safely secure
anything THAT thin with the shoulder to the ear. Do my arms get tired? Absodanglutely
not! I now have to change ears/hands when I turn to the south. The reception is fine
if I'm facing due north. It starts getting static at east and west and totally inaudible
It's not like I'm technically incompetent. I'm an engineer and
thrive on high-tech gadgets. Right now I'm shopping for the most sophisticated hammer
that money will buy.
Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:36 am
Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:27 am Posts: 25 Location: Dallas, TX
I'm now holding this fancy dancy phone to my ear, because even after years of yoga
I still can't safely secure anything THAT thin with the shoulder to the ear.
There's no way Rebecca could be an engineer . . . who has time for yoga?!