Bad design is everywhere

apple-keyboardI just got a hand-me-down Apple keyboard.  It’s wireless.  It has a power button which can be momentarily depressed.  When you push it, a tiny little light shows up to let you know that the keyboard is on.  Apparently, it shuts itself off automatically, or the manual alleges it can be turned off using the button.  Pushing the button never does anything other than cause a tiny little light to show up letting you know the keyboard has been turned on again.  How do you turn it off?  The manual doesn’t say, but it does say that it should be turned off to save battery life.  It’s maddening.  (The answer I found on a bunch of web pages from 2007.  You have to hold the button in until the tiny little light turns on, then off.)

I have an alarm clock which automatically sets itself to atomic time.  This is great, I thought.  Now I’ll never have to set the clock manually by hand.  Unfortunately, this feature worked once and then has slowly started drifting since then.  My atomic clock is now off by four or five minutes from real time.  There is no way at all to correct the time — the hour and minute buttons don’t work at all.  I unplugged it for a month and took the batteries out.  Nothing worked.  When it starts getting to be ten minutes off, I’ll have to throw it away.  Also, it’s so damn dim, you can’t even read it except in the dark anyway.

And don’t get me started on the new Snapchat.

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