Wasted Data Entry on my Microwave – Why Enter the Date??
March 11, 2012 — daylight savings time starts and it’s time to revisit this post from August 2011… and to set the date and time on my stupid microwave.
I’ve heard it as a good data collection rule of thumb – for surveys or software: don’t collect data unless you are going to use it.
My GE microwave violates that rule!
When we have a power outage, we have to first enter the time before the microwave can be used. OK, fair enough, I guess. The time display is helpful, but it’s hardly necessary for cooking as long as the timer still works. I can live with entering the time.
The danged thing ALSO makes you enter the month, date, and year. That’s crazy.
The data entry looks like this, as it’s prompting you to enter MMDDYY.
There’s zero reason, that I can tell, for the microwave to be greedy about being fed with a six-digit date.
The microwave never displays the date. I don’t think you can pre-program the microwave to start at 6:00 PM next Thursday.
@LeanBlog Sensors record what you're eating at what time and send the info to your insurance company… you didn't know?
— Kevin Meyer (@Kevin_Meyer) August 5, 2011
I’d be a cynic and think the microwave is programmed to break and stop working on a certain date (apparently in the future). Planned obsolescence and more sales for GE, perhaps?
Channeling Jerry Seinfeld on Saturday Night Live – “who is the ad wizard who came up with that one??”