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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • My family's first microwave, obtained in the late 80's, had the best interface I've seen. It had two dials and a button. The top dial set the power from one of five or six settings. The bottom dial set the time to cook. I believe it went from zero to ten minutes, with marks every thirty seconds. When you turned that dial, it immediately began cooking. When you pushed the button, it stopped cooking and the door opened.

    Every other control I've seen has been superfluous and confusing.
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    rjbs
    • We had one like that too and I agree that it was great. One of the things designers often fail to remember is physical memory and how it can act as interface shortcuts. For instance, back then I knew that cooking a hot dog was 45 seconds, and that if I put the dial between the tips of my thumb and forefinger 45 seconds was about the distance for my thumb to roll to the first knuckle of my forefinger. So I didn't even have to look -- just dial and wait for the ding. (I ate a lot of hotdogs back then...)

      That microwave also had handle on the door which wouldn't open unless you pushed a button located about where your thumb would naturally land. And once you pushed the button with your thumb the microwave would stop cooking. Easy easy easy.