Posts Tagged ‘Usability’

Ever since my phone decided to go quiet and I became dependent on my earphones, I end up being frustrated every single time I have to attend or make a call!

No matter what I do, however neatly I fold the wires, every time I take the earphones out from my pocket, they are horribly messed up, with the wires entangled into such complicated knots, that untangling them is, I’d say, at least as challenging as, if not more than, solving a complex mathematical puzzle.

I wonder how these knots form!

One plausible explanation that I can think of is Entropy. My line of reasoning is similar to the one generally adopted to explain why things tend to break: There is only one way for the earphones to remain untangled but an infinite number of ways for the wires to be entangled.

I find it a bit strange, and funny, and yet awe inspiring!
Think of it, as if it’s God – the ultimate developer – proclaiming that all the chaos in the universe is ‘By Design’. Imagine if the developers at Microsoft (used here as a placeholder … it could have been Google or Adobe or Yahoo… 😛 ) could say something similar. Something like, “All the chaos in the software is by design, and it will only increase over time!” (Some people may argue that it is, in fact, already true, but I am discounting those protests here 😛 ).

If everyone realized that ‘chaos’ was unavoidable, the ultimate truth, God’s doctrine; we could perhaps save trillions of rupees, dollars, euros etc which are being wasted on futile efforts to overcome chaos like forming governments, putting in place ‘Law and Order’ systems, recruiting (and this includes the medal winners at the Olympics from Haryana!), transferring and dismissing policemen….
These funds could then be put to more meaningful uses like feeding the hungry and designing and manufacturing better earphones which don’t get entangled easily.

Coming back to my original problem, while it gives me some comfort to know that it is not a targeted attack to frustrate me but just another manifestation of a universal phenomenon, I wouldn’t mind somebody gifting me a pair of retractable earphones or a bluetooth headset. It is at the top of my wishlist as of now!


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Why can’t I charge my mobile and listen to the music stored on it simultaneously?

For that matter, why can’t Sony Ericsson provide a separate standard 3.5mm stereo socket instead of forcing me to use an extension cord with the stupid ‘all-accessories-go-in-here’ socket that they provide on their phones?

(Which, in any case, starts sucking after about an year of use such that you need to hold the charger at wierd angles to charge the phone! And this is not a one off case – its a fairly common problem with all the sony ericsson phones I and some of my friends have used till date. That means at least 5 different models. In tech-speak, it’s a fairly consistent repro!)

I love the Joystick control and the sound quality of my walkman phone (I’d rate it at least at par with the i-pod on sound quality) but I guess these irritants have got the better of me. My next phone, most likely, won’t be a sony 😦

Sony! you are about to lose a loyal customer!


My current phone is a W700i. This is my second sony. The last one, which I had all through my college, was a T230 – my first mobile ever.

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