Monday, July 21, 2008

Bad Engineer, Bad.... (#1)

I've always wanted to relate the stupid things some Engineers come up with. Bad engineering has always been a pet peeve of mine. So here's the start of a ongoing series.

When running a DVD when you want to pause you press "pause". When you want to resume playing you press "play".

When running a VCR you press "pause" to pause, but to resume playing you hit. . . "pause"?

What idiot came up with that? I can only assume it had something to do with toggling a state switch (pause, unpause) (pause-ON, pause-OFF). But why does the input have to follow the function of the electronics? If they corrected the scheme when DVDs came on the scene, why didn't they reprogram the newer models of VCRs also. Even if the hardware is required to remain the same for some reason the programming of the logic control would be the simplest thing I could imagine. Why?... I ask you WHY?

1 comment:

Gordon R. Durand said...

It's like the old Windows joke:

"OK, how do I shut it down?"

"Click the Start button."

"No, really."