“Sometimes I think the companies that make cell phones, gadgets and PCs never actually use their own products. In particular, one of my biggest complaints is how these vendors put annoying little lights on everything but fail to illuminate their products in ways that are actually useful,” Mike Elgan writes for Computerworld.
“My PC and other computing equipment make my office look like a jet cockpit. I have two LCD monitors, each of which has two indicator lights that flash even when the PC is turned off. The attached sound control has a light on it. My keyboard has multiple lights. The power cord has lights, the printer has lights, and the power button is illuminated. My cable modem and Linksys router flash like crazy all the time. Together, these useless lights create a visual cacophony of blinking, multicolored lights that make me feel like I’m taking part in a NASA stress test for astronaut candidates,” Elgan writes.
Elgan writes, “Worse, my PC, a Dell XPS system, features a decorative blue light in the front bright enough to actually read by. Dell’s XPS gaming laptops cast the most hideous red lights through vents, which you can dim but not turn off. Clearly, the vendor thinks bright, decorative lights are cool. You know what would be cool? Hire a case designer with good taste. That would be cool.”
Elgan writes, “It’s only a matter of time before Apple produces a TV ad showing the guy who says, ‘Hi, I’m a PC’ covered in Christmas lights.”
Full article, including Elgan’s “Gadget Bill of Lights,” here.
We don’t know about you, but we can’t drift off to dreamland without our MacBook Pros’ pulsating sleep lights. As for other lights, we totally agree with Elgan.