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Gadgets that don't need manuals/CDs etc

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USB mouse: Does it really need a fold-out A3 sheet and an installation CD?!


No wonder the planet is in such a state!
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USB mouse: Does it really need a fold-out A3 sheet and an installation CD?!


No wonder the planet is in such a state!
You've cracked it, phone the UN
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I'd wager that the instruction page is as a result of some government regulation somewhere. Without that interference, they'd at most include a little piece of paper stating the basic operation of the gadget.
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Complain, complain complain.

Look it's better to get manuals (even if they are for simple devices) then to not get manuals when the items definitely require them. I'd rather companies err on the side of providing more information than less.
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I went to the bike show at the NEC in Brumigham this weekend , and bought myself a new crash helmet . and very nice it is too , should think so for the cost !!!

In the box is , the helmet , a helmet bag , a visor anti fog insert and another small poly bag with a few other sundry items and not one but two instruction manuals and a loose addendum 8 pages of relatively unnecessary info in about 2 dozen languages in each booklet .

why ?????
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Steam irons - you put water in, it gets hot and comes out as stream in varying streams when you turn the knob.

No - I don't need a 4 page manual complete with safety warnings informing me that steam may scald me should I decide it might be a good idea to iron my hand.
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No, but you may need a manual to tell you what is the preferred method of descaling the tank in the iron, or the best type of water to use (mine prefers distilled). The manual can also come in handy (if it's written properly) when you're troubleshooting an issue (Oops, I used tap water, will it hurt the iron? Why is the light red instead of green?) or when you need to order parts or get warranty work done.

Let me guess, you're all the same guys who put together Ikea shelving without looking at the instructions, right?
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Let me guess, you're all the same guys who put together Ikea shelving without looking at the instructions, right?
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Let me guess, you're all the same guys who put together Ikea shelving without looking at the instructions, right?
I've just assembled some Ikea stuff and it was clearer to look at the parts rather than the pictures supplied.
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How many leftover pieces did you have?

(For the record, I have never purchased or owned any items from IKEA so I honestly have no idea how bad or good the instructions are. But it seems to be enough of a universal reference to work here. Sometimes I'm not sure what references carry across the oceans. Such as my Sgt. Schultz reference from the VW thread.)
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I'll be honest, I don't know who the hell Sgt. Schultz is...so now you are just going to have to tell us!
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Stop pretending to be young by trying to tell us you don't know US TV characters from the 60s.

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Totally inaccurate my garlic-sniffing friend, no-one is a bigger Sgt. Bilko (Phil Silvers) fan than I!

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How many leftover pieces did you have?

(For the record, I have never purchased or owned any items from IKEA so I honestly have no idea how bad or good the instructions are. But it seems to be enough of a universal reference to work here. Sometimes I'm not sure what references carry across the oceans. Such as my Sgt. Schultz reference from the VW thread.)
Their instructions are actually extremely good. Just pictures, no words - I assembled a whole kitchen using IKEA units about 20 years ago with no problem.

We recently bought a table and chair combination for one of the grandchildren and I remembered the basic construction technique - such simple but effective fixings utilised throughout their range.

I am old enough to remember the sergeant too!
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OK...serious question: as is so often the case, actors who later become big stars on the silver screen, started on US TV shows, playing bitparts.

What's the name of the guy sitting on the LHS of the table from 17.40 onwards? 'Mrs Whitney, no kidding...'

Starred in various films, including westerns I think?
 
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Here you go, MAX.
The scenario is during WWII a bunch of prisoners are running an underground railroad/escaped prison transport and espionage operation out of a POW camp in Germany. Schultz is the head guard.
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Thanks Tor, appreciated

But, unashamedly showing my age (take note, Frenchster Tata), not only is that in colour, the audience track is so obviously dubbed-on afterwards that I find it almost unwatchable! Bilko was filmed (yes, on FILM - 'Telecine' in the trade, love), and it was performed before a LIVE audience!

Bilko is the real-deal for us old guys .

*Technical note: Ampex videotape recording machines hadn't become (widely?) available at the time of Bilko. So stuff was recorded on film and then played back on a telecine machine to extract the video signal for transmission.
 
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I'll be honest, I don't know who the hell Sgt. Schultz is...so now you are just going to have to tell us!
"I know nothing!".
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