Update: Both of these devices have since stopped working… again. The alarm clock still turns its alarm off, and the keyboard’s “B” key is faulty (just make sure you never buy any of these products, especially the keyboard). I’ve switched back to my old, boring alarm clock with a very long sleep period and I sometimes use my iPhone, and I’m back with my rubbish Dell keyboard for the time being. Maybe I’ll buy a better Microsoft keyboard at some point.
…and here we are, you and me, on the last page.
Well, not really. Since I stole part of a quote from Doctor Who, I just had to steal the rest. In reality, I hope to have many, many years left on this planet and I’m only half way through the book I’m reading currently. Moving on.
I’ve recently started using two old, ‘faulty’ products that have since been replaced. Products I never thought I’d use again. But I have, and I’d thought I’d tell you all about it. I must have such a boring life…
Exhibit number 1: faulty alarm clock
A long time ago, an alarm clock turned its alarm off automatically and so was replaced. Its replacement worked fine for many, many months. But there was a problem. There was only (shock horror!) one alarm on the replacement. Terrible for dog walking mornings. Also, there was no custom sleep time (the time before the alarm goes off again after you hit the sleep button on those early mornings). It was stuck at 5 minutes. And 5 minutes is long enough so that after pressing it a couple of times, you’ve lost half your reading time. Sorry, Kindle. So I recently decided to look at its predecessor, with two alarms and a custom sleep time (I choose 1 minute so at most I lose 2 minutes of reading time). To my surprise, the alarm hasn’t turned off by itself even once! It’s amazing what time can do to an item.
Exhibit number 2: (still) faulty keyboard
I actually wrote about the fun I was having with my Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 a little while back. Look there before reading here. So I replaced it with a basic Dell keyboard. But I’ve really missed the curve and the keys – they don’t press down as much and are a lot nicer than the Dell’s. Same story as the alarm clock’s – I dug it out recently, and checked if it worked. The caps lock is still dodgy, but Shift exists for a reason. I actually think that the Caps Lock should be removed from keyboards altogether – unless you’re really one for SHOUTING on Facebook, it’s just not needed. Anyway, you might think why switch from a working keyboard to a dodgy one? Well, I type quite a lot. Whenever possible, I type my homework (and not just because my writing can be terrible) and I also type on Facebook (more than you might think). Not forgetting here on All of Time and Tech. So the keys are just important, and I’ll use this keyboard for as long as possible – at least until more keys stop working. It’s a well known problem that this model of Microsoft keyboard has problems.
Well done! You’ve reached the end of the possibly most boring post I’ve ever written. And that includes Hi World, written back in September 2010 (!). As a reward to your patience, I shall leave you to do other things. But before that, comment this: have you ever re-used a ‘broken’ item again because it’s not so bad after all? Or do you just put up with the replacements, no matter how much worse they may be?