Friday, November 23, 2012

More examples of BAD engineering in the electronic world:

1.  Android OS - Contacts applet - No provision made to enter a new contact.  You cannot start from zero -- you cannot CREATE a contact.  All you can do is (a) IMPORT a set of contacts from certain compatible pdm-type systems (eg, GoogleMail) or (b) SAVE a phone number you're already using as a new contact.  INTELLIGENT DESIGN:  Always have a Contacts option along the lines of "Contact - New".

2.   Various electric appliance designs:  No off button.  No way to stop using electricity or to shut the machine off short of pulling the plug.  I used to encounter this in software, too:  Windows defaults set to "Standby" for the power button (hint:  a Power Button should be an ON/OFF toggle for the POWER).
Built-in energy-saving modules & their firmware are great - but once again, a fundamental of all appliances has been left out in favor of bells & whistles that no one needs.  Perhaps PG&E had a hand in such designs?  Or the idea is that only millionaires and tech-savvy-istas will be the ones to use hardware in the cyber-junk age?  INTELLIGENT DESIGN:  Always incorporate a prominent OFF Switch. 

3.   Back to Android:  A media player that cannot be paused, except by hunting thru various levels of the album's track displays until you find the precise track in the precise album that's playing and pull it up.  INTELLIGENT DESIGN:  Always have (when audio or video medium is being played) a PAUSE button or link visible.  ALWAYS.

4.   For media players in general - Windows, Android, whatever mainstream mess we're looking at: Players that, while wanting to catalogue everything on your device, fail to offer any File Browsing capability. INTELLIGENT DESIGN:  Always allow "File-Browse" for a media player, so you can hunt up files, check their properties, save them to playlists, etc., without having to second guess the various and confusing ways the media player's own software catalogs files.

And so on and so forth.