Computers in Things (was Re: Ecommerce web sitebook recommendations [signed]

4 Jan 2006 - 12:16am
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Luis Silva
2005

Robert Hoekman, Jr. said:

>I don't see a chip-equipped dishwasher as a computer. I see it as a better
>dishwasher (depending on how easy it is to use, that is).
>If only computers worked the same way. I'd like to see my computer as a
>better way to get things done, but so far, it hasn't been proven (can you
>say "productivity paradox"?). As aresult, my computer makes me cringe
>sometimes. My dishwasher never does.

Well I have a new micro-wave machine fully digital and I presumed equipped
with a(some) chip(s) (at least for the LCD screen) and guess what?! it's a
pain in the...in my old analogue micro-wave I just had to rotate the knob
and close the door, now I have to press several buttons (including set and
reset...) and go through several options... I just want to warm my
food...every time I have to use I look like a donkey looking to a palace
(Old Portuguese saying), and I call myself an advanced computer user...

Regards

Luis Silva

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4 Jan 2006 - 12:48am
Ian Chan
2005

What other machines are there that we recognize by their failures? Funny how
many of us think of computers and frustration in the same thought bubble...
A machine that does what it's supposed to do must be an automatic machine; a
machine that requires user intervention, confusion, discombobulation and
discussion is a computer....

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>
> Robert Hoekman, Jr. said:
>
>> I don't see a chip-equipped dishwasher as a computer. I see it as a better
>> dishwasher (depending on how easy it is to use, that is).
>> If only computers worked the same way. I'd like to see my computer as a
>> better way to get things done, but so far, it hasn't been proven (can you
>> say "productivity paradox"?). As aresult, my computer makes me cringe
>> sometimes. My dishwasher never does.
>
> Well I have a new micro-wave machine fully digital and I presumed equipped
> with a(some) chip(s) (at least for the LCD screen) and guess what?! it's a
> pain in the...in my old analogue micro-wave I just had to rotate the knob
> and close the door, now I have to press several buttons (including set and
> reset...) and go through several options... I just want to warm my
> food...every time I have to use I look like a donkey looking to a palace
> (Old Portuguese saying), and I call myself an advanced computer user...
>
> Regards
>
> Luis Silva
>
>

4 Jan 2006 - 11:27am
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

I miss the old microwaves as well - they were so much simpler. Lo-tech was
definitely the way to go on that one.

Maybe we just need to focus more on becoming advanced microwave users.

-r-

On 1/3/06, Luis Silva <luis_v_silva at exemail.com.au> wrote:
>
> Robert Hoekman, Jr. said:
>
> >I don't see a chip-equipped dishwasher as a computer. I see it as a
> better
> >dishwasher (depending on how easy it is to use, that is).
> >If only computers worked the same way. I'd like to see my computer as a
> >better way to get things done, but so far, it hasn't been proven (can you
> >say "productivity paradox"?). As aresult, my computer makes me cringe
> >sometimes. My dishwasher never does.
>
> Well I have a new micro-wave machine fully digital and I presumed equipped
> with a(some) chip(s) (at least for the LCD screen) and guess what?! it's a
> pain in the...in my old analogue micro-wave I just had to rotate the knob
> and close the door, now I have to press several buttons (including set and
> reset...) and go through several options... I just want to warm my
> food...every time I have to use I look like a donkey looking to a palace
> (Old Portuguese saying), and I call myself an advanced computer user...
>
> Regards
>
> Luis Silva
>
>
>

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