Monday, July 21, 2008

Bad Engineer,. . . Bad (#2)

I have a microwave oven with a rotating table. Supposedly this helps making the cooking more even. The keypad input has some "one-button" short cut keys. If you press 1 thru 5 you get 1 to 5 minutes of time at high.

There is also a button at the bottom corner "add 30" which adds 30 seconds of high to the end of whatever program it's running or like above starts the oven with a setting of 30 seconds on high. These keys are great, I love one push initialization.

Now here's where one engineering department didn't talk to the other: the turn-table rotates at 3 rpm (revolutions per minute). Now think about that. You pick up your coffee cup by the handle and put it in the oven on the front of the table and press "add 30" to warm it up. It goes bing, you open the door, and. . . the cup is at the back with the handle the opposite direction.

I know it's a small thing, but I find it annoying. I'm peeved that some engineering didn't think this through before saying "good enough, send it to production". A simple programming change to "Add 20" or a change in the size of some plastic gear for 2 rpm.

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