- Why can't I order TV channels a la carte, so that I just pay for the ones I want?
- Why do the signal-strength bars on my cellphone change when I'm standing still?
- When we are put on hold, we offered numerous options--"press 1 for sales," etc. Why not an option to press for "Mute this annoying music," or maybe to select different types of music?
- Why is there a Maximum Weight notice in an elevator, and what are we supposed to do about it? How are we supposed to know how much we collectively weigh?
- Why is the numeric keypad on a computer (7-8-9 at the top) upside-down from the numeric keypad on phones (1-2-3 on top)?
- Why aren't elevator buttons double action? Press once to go to floor, press again to cancel. It would save all those "OOPS!--I hit the wrong button" moments.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
David Pogue, the NY Times tech columnist, gathered these questions from readers. Number 3 is a fabulous idea!