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Monday, October 09, 2006

1:03 PM

There are few things which irritate me more than anything else. I get obsessed with them. They are the features which can never be switched off once enabled. How incompetent? How foolish were the designers?

There is no option to turn off the photo on Orkut profile once we enable it. There is just a choice to replace it but no choice to disable it. The best choice that we have is to upload a blank photo. But there is no going back to "no photo". I can live with this but not the one below.

My Timex watch irritates me every day at 1:03 PM. I just cannot take it anymore. One fine day, I will kill it. I will just pull the plug. Just to keep it quiet. Just to stop it from going off in the shrillest alarms in alarm clock history everyday at 1:03 PM. That's the problem with machines. They just don’t understand. They just cannot be made to waver from the routine. Once they are taught what to do, they will do it religiously everyday till they die. Till the last milli-watt of power is left in their batteries, they will not stop. When will they learn that if they have any illusions of replacing the human beings on earth, they should understand chaos. The pure beauty of randomness. The pure fun in unpredictability.

It all started like this. I had to get up at 6 AM one day and I set up the alarm in my watch. It went off at 6 AM sharp and I was happy. The trouble started next day and continuing for 6 months now. It just went off every day at 6 Am. My heroic efforts to switch off this feature have gone waste. My watch has 4 buttons, 2 on each side. I am pretty sure that one of them is just to switch on the light and has no other feature associated with it. So I am left with 3 buttons to accomplish my goal. Let go by the combinations. Each of them can be pressed individually, together and for varying amounts of time. So the number of combinations are 3 (individual) + 3 (2 at a time) + 1 (all three together) + 3 (individually press and hold for longer time) + 3 (press and hold 2 at a time) + 1 (press and hold all 3 together) + 3 (press and release 1 while holding other button. 2 at a time) + 3 (press and release 1 while holding other 2) and so on and so forth. Approximately, there were almost 30 possible combinations. And I tried all of them to switch off the alarm. Nothing worked!

Then I thought of a simple way out. I know it is blasphemy for any Electronics Engineer to read the manual. But I was far more irritated for that. So I tried to commit sacrilege. But it did not help. I had misplaced the manual.

But one thing I could do was to change the time. I moved it to 9 AM and found that it was still irritating me. Obviously I cannot set it anything after 9 PM and before 8 AM. So I was just left with the lunch time. Somehow 1:03 has held on. So every day my watch performs its duty. Exactly the way it was programmed. To shout at the top of its voice for 30 seconds at 1:03 PM.

Now I won’t believe that its 1:03 PM even if all the atomic clocks in the world come together and provide testimony. I will believe it only if my watch says so. Yes, at the top of its voice to wake up all those lazy people who are in for a siesta after an intoxicating lunch. Long live 1:03 PM. Long live the battery!

Did you note the time of this post? Do you understand my frustration?

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:: posted by Venkat C, 10/09/2006 01:04:00 PM

11 Comments:

ha ha ha ..
Hey.. Try Reducing the volume to zero.(No repeated alarm until u stop it)
Blogger KP, at 1:22 AM, October 10, 2006  
Its just a wrist watch. No volume control :)
Blogger FJ, at 9:00 AM, October 10, 2006  
You could get a new wrist watch :)
This is one good reason to go shopping :P
Blogger A penny for my thoughts?, at 10:07 PM, October 10, 2006  
HA ha..I have another one :D..but this one is a special(... ...) one.. :D..
Blogger FJ, at 10:17 PM, October 10, 2006  
Special one eh? *wink wink*
Then it leaves you with no choice except to grin and b(w)ear it :D
Blogger A penny for my thoughts?, at 2:36 AM, October 11, 2006  
"One fine day, I will kill it. I will just pull the plug. Just to keep it quiet."

You cant *wink*
Blogger KP, at 2:48 AM, October 11, 2006  
@Nas
will bear it but wont waer it :D

@kp
future tense is always vague unless a deadline is set.
Blogger FJ, at 2:57 AM, October 11, 2006  
Put it under twenty-five pillows and one sumo wrestler!
Anonymous Phoenix, at 10:01 AM, October 11, 2006  
25 pillows is manageable but one sumo wrestler :D ..No way I can feed him.
Blogger FJ, at 3:51 PM, October 11, 2006  
I understand what you mean. I can relate to the orkut thing.

Have you tried looking for your Timex watch manual here - http://www.timex.com/html/watch_instructions.html ?
Blogger Tarun, at 8:40 PM, October 12, 2006  
Thanks Tarun!!
Blogger FJ, at 8:52 AM, October 14, 2006  

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