by Michael Fisher | June 6, 2012 2:56 PM
I think Samsung is hip to the fact that no one reads the manual anymore. For the cynical, burned out, or jaded, it's become something of a tradition in message boards across the internet: respond to an obvious question with "RTFM," or "read the frackin' manual," in Battlestar-speak. It's a predictable, dated response, but it's also become something of a joke on itself. The reality is that not a lot of users read instruction manuals anymore. Most manufacturers have stopped including big, bulky printed booklets, making their user guides available as PDFs to download. It's anyone's guess just ...
by Michael Fisher | May 31, 2012 5:30 PM
There's a sign that's been hanging on a wall in my childhood home for about twenty years. It's a souvenir from the San Diego Zoo (which I've never visited, so it must've been a gift) and it's basically the longest do-not-do list in the history of man. It reads as follows: "PLEASE DO NOT annoy, torment, pester, plague, molest, worry, badger, harry, harass, heckle, persecute, irk, bullyrag, vex, disquiet, grate, beset, bother, tease, nettle, tantalize, or ruffle the animals." I transcribed that from memory just now, having apparently spent too many mornings lying in bed reading the sign's ...
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