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Old 05-13-2019, 06:08 AM
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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I had a 7 day programmable thermostat. You couldn't just key in the settings; you had to key in the settings and then push <Enter>. Quite annoying until I got the hang of it. When it broke, I decided that a programmable thermostat was more trouble than it was worth.

My current and favorite thermostat is the Honeywell round digital model. No programming. I just flip the setting from heat to cool as required. I have mine set to display Celsius rather than Fahrenheit.

The problem with software is that it is not written properly. Write it as though every mouse click costs someone $10. Routine tasks should be able to be performed with one screen and a minimum of mouse clicks.
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:15 AM
Location: Washington state
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Originally Posted by in_newengland View Post
Alexa is one thing that I own that is user friendly and intuitive. I know some people don't like being spied on. I don't care though. I can tell that thing to time the meatloaf for an hour and she complies. I can tell her to get a different radio station and she does. I can tell her to turn the radio off in the middle of the night if I wake up. And she does. No need to fiddle with buttons or dials or complicated anything. Just order her around.

NOTHING on my car is intuitive. This is an older car too, but not old enough. There is so much extra stuff and so far I can barely turn the windshield wipers on. Will be practicing the lights once I get the wipers figured out. (Probably never get the rear windows and I know I will never find the gas cap lock thingy. )
It's the creepy things Alexa and Siri say that finally made me decide to never get one. But knowing that someone could be listening to a private conversation I'm having is just one more reason I'll never get one in my house. I can time my own meatloaf for that. LOL

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Old 05-18-2019, 12:08 AM
Location: Gulf Coast
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And I thought I was the only person who was so frustrated by the way things are made. Every single thing that is simple to use...ceases to be simple as soon as the next model comes out. We went from XP to W10 and I am appalled with what they did with some of it. One click to do something on Excel now becomes 3 or 4 and in a different screen. What are they trying to prove, that they are smart enough to make things this complicated?

We recently had to change our thermostat. The simple one we had isn't made any more. Husband went and bought one that was programmable. I thought he knew better. We were trying to figure it out when the A C people showed up and put a simple one back in. Success!

You'd think with the aging population things would be going in the other direction. If the aging thing continues, does anyone think good design might eventually be more normal?
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