Caps Lock is the Joe Biden of the keyboard: it's generally believed to be needed, but screws everything up when it tries to do anything.
There's no need for Caps Lock. When used unintentionally, it tends to wreak havoc on passwords and get you locked out of websites; when used intentionally, IT MAKES PEOPLE SHOUT ANNOYINGLY or worse still lOOK lIKE cAPTALIZATION hAS gONE wRONG.
I propose ripping off it's plastic lid or - less violently - using the little CapsLock Be Gone application that disables it forever.
So effective that when you accidentally knock it over due to its amazingly-obvious design defect, you can turn your carpets white. You'd think it would be a Federal law that all extremely dangerous chemicals have a lid...
So clam-shell packaging is the stuff that retailers use to protect "high value" inventory items, like razors, DVDs, batteries - or practically anything actually - from what they euphemistically call "shrinkage".
While it's understandable for "loss prevention", it also seems somewhat unacceptable that I should need a box cutter whenever I buy an SD card, and a pile of bandages for the inevitable injuries that follow.
Commonly seen at airports and a growing number of public facilities, these devices have the laudable purpose of cleaning the toilet bowl when the average, lazy, voting-card-carrying citizen can't be bothered.
Presumably, the configuration of these things must be Ph.D.-level complicated, since most are programmed to activate exactly when you're comfortably positioned on the throne. Timing, as they say, is everything.
For the unfamiliar, this is an espresso machine without a single label on any of the buttons, levers, knobs or other operational elements. As an added bonus, it also features two lights without labels, thus operating more like a computer from some 1960s TV show. It's a totally mystery how this thing works.
Among many of the issues that billions of humans haven't been able to agree upon, the "which side is the gas cap?" conundrum continue to haunt drivers across the world. Manufacturers have been unable to decide upon whether the left or right side is optimal, and I certainly don't want to enter the debate.
But wouldn't it be nice if every car on the road had the little triangle thingy on the fuel gage that at least gave us all a head start on where to look. Instead, I end up getting it wrong about 50% of the time.
Amazingly, the engineers in the food storage business clearly have lower GPAs than the same guys in the soda industry. The food guys continue to think that this is a great design for a can:
Apparently, it's all part of the fun to require a can opener to make razor-sharp jagged lids just to reach $1 of beans. Meanwhile, there are a few people who escaped the soda business and brought over their can-opening innovations that made the whole thing much simpler and less dangerous.
Seriously, I've been on aircraft where the pilot has fewer buttons. This actually looks simpler than it is, too, since I first have to figure out which AV channel is connected to AUX2, so I've missed whatever I wanted to watch by the time it works.