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Offline TheDirtyTopic starter

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Owned by HP's marketing Dept.
« on: February 18, 2010, 03:24:08 am »
This is just an amusing thing I found recently and I think this relates to one of Dave's vblogs about interface design.

I've owned this HP1012 laser for about 5 years now.  I've used it a lot for Toner Transfer PCB's and general printing and it's worked pretty well for a cheap Laser.  I've used the buttons on the top for their intended uses; green is the Go button, red is the stop/cancel button (I actually just checked the printers manual to verify what these buttons are called).

I had a problem with the printer recently, so I opened it up to find that both of these buttons are actually only one button.  It doesn't matter which button you press it only has one physical switch.  You can see the pics.  They both go to a single plastic actuator that presses one button on the controller PCB.  It doesn't do any partial pressure switching, the button is just a simple momentary contact.

I guess marketing decided that it would look much more feature rich with two function buttons on the top and possibly confuse people less, but now I feel like an idiot for all those times I made sure I was hitting the correct button.

Side note, but why is the 198KB attachment limit per post rather than per individual attachment?  Pics are hosted on my home server now, so if they are slow, it's because I'm using the line for other things. *cough* *cough*

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Offline DJPhil

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Re: Owned by HP's marketing Dept.
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2010, 04:39:33 am »
This made me smile. :)

I relate to stuff like this as though it were art. It's like a sign that warns you not to hit your head on the sign.

, and . Admittedly it doesn't have it's roots in marketing, but there's something appealing about it's pointlessness.

I will build one some day, and place it prominently in my home.

Offline Ferroto

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Re: Owned by HP's marketing Dept.
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2010, 08:15:53 pm »

That's like me trying to get out of bed in the morning :D

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Re: Owned by HP's marketing Dept.
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2010, 08:55:12 pm »
Clearly a "Mom"-function.

"Yes... press the red button to abort printig 100 for stop vs. green for the traffic lights, mom..."

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