This past Saturday night, my part of the world switched back to daylight savings time. This twice annual changing of the clocks always reminds me of how much poor user interface design we all put up with in so many products, and particularly anything with a small LCD screen ... and in this case, clocks (or anything with a clock). Over the next week I will slowly but surely move through the house with a sense of dread. After 25 years in the same house, it's amazing the number of clocks which need to be reset.
When I was younger the process of resetting clocks was easy. Find the knob, and turn until the minute and hours hands show the correct time. Today, I fear my approach to every device. The users manuals have long since disappeared. So here is my scenario:
- Approach device with trepidation.
- Does the device have one or two switches to set the time?
- Are the switches labeled?
- Start pressing and hope something on the display makes sense.
Now just in case you think this guy is dumb (i.e. me). I've worked at a corporate R&D center for the last 25 years. I'm considered a senior technologist. This stuff should not scare me!
Thus, I issue my challenge. What clock do you fear on this twice annual time change!? I've included a photo below of one clock I did NOT have to change. Why? Last Fall, I gave up and left the clock on daylight savings time. As of Sunday, this clock is now correct again! It's part of a bookshelf stereo system by Boston Acoustic which has great sound, but the clock ...
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