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Old 05-17-2016, 11:48 AM   #21
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Yesterday I put together my granddaughter's doll house. No words in the manual.....just exploded diagram. But the pictures were similarly too small. The small dowel looked identical to another small piece and it took me probably twice as long to put together as I had to triple check that I was using the right part at each stage.
My daughter doesn't know, but I ended up with three extra small dowels. I re-read the instructions and still don't know where they were to have gone.
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:53 AM   #22
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Reading the instructions first takes all the fun out of assembling your purchase. Yeah right!!
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:55 AM   #23
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One of the good things, no the only good thing, out of being near-sighted is that now that I am old I can still read something held to 18" from my face.

Have not worked with tiny electronic components lately, but as of a few years ago I could read the values imprinted on 0603-sized components by bringing them to a few inches from my nose.

I am going to try to see if I can still read values of 0805 components, the next physical size up. I hope I will continue to be able to work with modern electronics as a hobby, instead of reverting to old electronics with tubes.

See Web photo of various component sizes, as samples put on the head of a match stick.

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Old 05-17-2016, 11:59 AM   #24
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Seniors should never forget that great golfer and philosopher ChiChi Rodriguez who said "The older I get the better I used to be". At 69 I forget many things on a regular basis and I even take memory pills when I can remember to take them.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:19 PM   #25
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Clam shell packaging with heat welded edges is a PITA. Be careful too or you can slice your fingers up good.

I have many magnifiers around the house, kitchen, bedroom, office to read the small print.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:31 PM   #26
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My (failing) eyesight is my problem, no one else's. But packaging? OMG, I don't care if you are 24 years old, you should not need to go get a Sawzall from the shop to open a heat sealed USB stick you bought for $4. PISSES me off.

I do know, BTW, why they do that. Packaging engineers are designing for the retailer (security) NOT the consumer. But there are still a whole bunch of packaging engineers that I want to slap...
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:39 PM   #27
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I read somewhere that many of the Christmas time ER visits are due to someone trying to open packaging and instead open themselves.

Another thing that gets my goat is all the damn buttons (50+) on the Comcast remotes, I use about six at the most. arggggghhhhhh !!!!!!!!

And don't even get me started on my iPhone and plethora of apps that I don't use and can't get rid of.
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Taking the lid off of Costco jars of sun-dried tomatoes. Too big for most of the assistance devices.

Trying to read the score on the game on TV when it is covered by their news feed (or other things). I use binoculars to see the tennis scores sometimes.

They flash the twitter feedback and, by the time I focus, it is gone.

Siri gets to talk to me much more than I want. Usually I just say "check email" to get rid of her!

Why are remote controls all laid out differently?

(I have lens implants and so I can read anything with a bright enough light.)

But why do people put green lettering on a green background etc (you choose the color combo)?
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.......In an attempt to foil mice and meal moths, I store all cereal and similar dry goods in lidded plastic containers saved from the box store. The containers for Orville Redenbacher popcorn are particularly good for this: wide-mouthed, with built-in handles. If the item is going to take a long time to use up, I store the plastic container in the freezer......
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.......I always keep cold cereal in the freezer to keep the bugs out. This is a habit that I learned from my dear departed mother back when I was a teenager living in Hawaii, where bugs abound. I don't live in Hawaii any more, but old habits die hard and it is so easy to just toss the cereal box in the freezer.
Since the invasion of the meal moths episode, DW repackages all pastas, flour, etc. into plastic containers with snap-on lids. Cereal boxes are a weak link still, but repackaging that would be a big pain, and in our side by side refridge, spare freezer space is about nil. In fact, an avalanche of frozen bags of chicken, vegetables, etc. often greet DW when she looks for something. I, on the other hand, settle for whatever is on the top of the pile, rather than tempting fate
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Since the invasion of the meal moths episode, DW repackages all pastas, flour, etc. into plastic containers with snap-on lids. Cereal boxes are a weak link still, but repackaging that would be a big pain, and in our side by side refridge, spare freezer space is about nil. In fact, an avalanche of frozen bags of chicken, vegetables, etc. often greet DW when she looks for something. I, on the other hand, settle for whatever is on the top of the pile, rather than tempting fate
Sometimes life just fights back, doesn't it! Oh well, best of luck in your battle to keep the bugs out of your cereal.
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Now, if someone could come up with am affordable wireless lighted keyboard my world would be complete.
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I have been very happy with this app:

Magnifying Glass With Light - digital magnifier with flashlight

It's remarkably useful in a dark restaurant to read the small print on a menu.

And another feature is if you're trying to see something not easily accessible, you can hold your phone as needed to take a lighted, magnified photo of it, then read it easily afterward.
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Old 05-18-2016, 07:06 AM   #33
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Taking the lid off of Costco jars of sun-dried tomatoes. Too big for most of the assistance device.
Same here I use a can opener to pop the seal first, than I am able ro get the lid off.
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Same here I use a can opener to pop the seal first, than I am able ro get the lid off.
Does the can opener pierce the lid?
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Old 05-18-2016, 09:08 AM   #35
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Incomplete index at the back of the 3 book Honda car manual. Yes they give you 3 books and unlike Saturn, the index doesn't list some of the most basic items (like how to get the service now message off). What's even more frustrating is that when you call them, they can't tell you how to do it over the phone and don't know where it is in the manual either!
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Rant, OPP

A few more OPP pet peeves:

Tiny font on OTC medication labels.

Background music in movies and TV shows that drowns out the dialogue.

White font on Black on a TV screen.

User manuals printed in tiny font in 4 languages. How about giving me ONE, in legible font, in English?
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Does the can opener pierce the lid?
No, I use it on the edge to lift the lid enough to break the seal and release the vacuum, usually they just turn right off after that.

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No, I use it on the edge to lift the lid enough to break the seal and release the vacuum, usually they just turn right off after that.
Thanks. That should save my wrists!
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You can also take a picture with your cell phone and expand it.

+1. I do this all the time.
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Restaurants that combine hard to read menus with dim lighting.
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