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consumer electronics = special olympics

I get a new laptop and there's tons of bloody little stickers below on the area below the keyboard.
And they sure don't skimp on the glue when they put them on.
WTF is the point of making a nicely designed laptop and then stick a big ass MADE FOR WIN XP sticker on it? A sticker that takes strength, stamina and gasoline to get rid of?

And on a similar note. A ran over the cable to my headphones with the office chair and they started glitching. So, I pick them apart, to replace the cable. Inside the headphones, there are no soldering points, the big cable just sort of deteriorates in to two hair thin leads that go directly into the speaker element..which in turn is encased in plastic.
No soldering for you, buddy!

And these were no el cheapo headphones. How retarded is the average product designer in the area of consumer electronics, I ask.

Severely retarded I suspect.
Permalink Eric Debois 
January 11th, 2006
I had the same problem with my laptop -- no fewer than 4 stickers, all clustered exactly where the ball of my left wrist rests whilst typing, and they were made of some sort of plastic foil and apparently spot-welded on -- any attempt to peel them off was doomed to fail, and made on of them worse -- the foil creased at the corner and then wouldn't lie flat again. A few months worth of bodily fluids (Sweat and oil from my skin! Stop sniggering in the back!) seemed to do the trick, though, and I'm now blessedly free of the stupid things...
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 11th, 2006
You should bottle it, Matt! I'd buy some...
Permalink Colm O'Connor 
January 11th, 2006
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002043FG/
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 11th, 2006
"Goo Gone is a combination of Citrus Power and scientific technology designed to eliminate the very toughest problems."

Scientific technology? It *must* be good! :)

http://www.organize-everything.com/googone8oz.html
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 11th, 2006
I didn't know it had scientific technology in it.

SWEET.

I just thought it was citric acid, oil, 10% pure evil.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 11th, 2006
Here's a fun thing to do at fancy dinners. Take the orange or lemon rind from your tea or that's served as a pallatte cleanser at the end of the meal, and squeeze it in the direction of the candles. The oil that squirts out will cause the candle to spark a bit.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 11th, 2006
Goo Gone will permanently stain some plastics.
Permalink Mark Warner 
January 11th, 2006
Better, if you squeeze a lemon peel in the direction of someone's eyes, it will cause them to shout and dance around the table. That's even more entertaining ;-)

(jk)
Permalink Ian Boys 
January 11th, 2006
Yeah, I suspect as much for the plastics. But since it was Eric's plastics, I didn't really care.

(jk) I'd assumed he'd read the label and proceed accordingly. Yes, I know that's a big presumption on my part (that he can read), but since he is posting here...
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 11th, 2006
Damaged plastic don't bother me. Even if it got seriously fucked up it would be preferable to the stickers. Gasoline works ok though. Plus, it makes you dizzy in the legs. :)
Permalink Eric Debois 
January 11th, 2006
citrus is good but I believe napthalene is the ticket... won't harm paper but it may discolor plastics.
Permalink Sassy 
January 11th, 2006
Naphthalene - as in mothballs? I suspect you mean naphtha, which though similar sounding is quite a different substance. Though for many purposes gasoline/petrol is an equivalent solvent to naphtha and perhaps more readily found.
Permalink Ian Boys 
January 11th, 2006
GooGone? Hah! Try this one: http://www.jaypinkerton.com/blog/archives/001418.html
Permalink Mr. Wumpus 
January 12th, 2006
I think Goo Gone would be more helpful for most nerd's keyboards.....
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 12th, 2006
UrineGone is also a semen remover...
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 12th, 2006
A urulogically incontinent dirty old man's dream product then.

Which would not be me, if I have a resolution this year it is not to be old. Bring me some jungle music to listen to and tap my foot in 3/4 time.

It is a very long time since I've been dizzy in my legs, thankyou Eric for that.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
January 12th, 2006

This topic was orginally posted to the off-topic forum of the
Joel on Software discussion board.

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