Keeping up with the latest technology is something I find very hard. The complex web of smartphones, laptops and tablets have grown quite a lot since our time. The problem is, household appliances have also entered this race. To interpret the manual of these gadgets you probably need to have a PhD or something.
Once, my husband had an absurd wish for listening to the radio. As I pushed certain buttons on the stereo, I realized that there was no manual button for turning it on. It took me ten minutes to find it's remote, which had somehow made its way in the sock drawer. Even with the remote found, I could not figure out how to turn the radio on. So, I took the manual booklet out. I tried to do exactly what it said, still no success. The stereo tried automatically to find radio stations but had no luck. As I gave up in despair, my husband was already listening to the radio on his mobile phone.
As a housewife, I face the dilemma of dealing with modern technology every single day. Yesterday, I tried to adjust the thermostat of our refrigerator as it was not working properly. This was written on the refrigerator:
For normal coldness in both compartments set (A) to MID and (B) to MID.
For maximum coldness in both compartments (A) remains at MID and set (B) to HI.
For freezer to be colder than normal set (A) to HI and (B) to HI.
For refrigerator to be colder than normal set (A) to LOW and (B) remains at HI.
The Paindo Productions have forgotten to mention which compartment is A and which one is B! I simply ask my husband to buy a new refrigerator.
"You want to buy a new refrigerator because you don’t understand it's instructions! Look at my mother's refrigerator. It is thirty years old and still works fine. I am not buying a new refrigerator." He was exasperated. He actually has a point.
Few months ago, My grandfather bought a deep freezer. It said that it will keep food frozen up to 100 hours without electricity. Living in a country where we have power outages after every hour, we do need something like this. After a month, my grandfather realized that there is something wrong with the freezer. Either that or the morons forgot to install the thermostat. The compressor of the freezer never stops running. Then, my grandfather got infuriated over who was going to pay the almost doubled electricity bill.
Don't get me started on air conditioners. Every AC in my house is of a different company and has different settings. I don't know exactly how my children manage to change the settings of AC every single day. In the good old days, there were only three options for coolness of AC, low, medium and high. Now, I don't require AC to give out air that is clean, fresh, strong, dusty, healthy, fungus proof or ionized. I only want it to cool the room. And then come the modes; sleep mode, swing mode and timer mode. For setting temperature, options are auto, cool, dry, feeling and heat. My head starts to spin by the time I manage to get the AC running normally.
Do I need so may options to operate these gadgets? Technology was supposed to make our lives easier not the other way round. The solution is make devices which are easy to use, and can be operated by anyone despite their age and level of intelligence to make our lives more comfortable.
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