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I knew I was justified in skipping instructions all these years! - The Rancho Commons — LiveJournal
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I knew I was justified in skipping instructions all these years!

She got it at 75% off, so I didn't expect much, but it is a neat little toy. I figured, worst case (the way I evaluate everything), the boys could use it and learn a little about photography without touching our good camera. Well, the picture quality is VGA (640x480 pixels) which is pretty grainy. I opened up a document entitled "Important Safety Instructions" thinking, how dangerous can it be to use this camera that is barely larger than a pack of gum? These are worse than those awful translations of Chinese instructions you get with cheap toys. It starts like this:

1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings. (Okay, now I'm startin' to get nervous)
4. Follow all instructions.

...Here are a few examples of things that don't even apply to this camera.

7. Do not block any of the ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the instructions. (No ventilation openings)
8. Do not install near any heat sources. (Install? It's a camera!)
9. Only use attachments/accessories specifed by the manufacturer. (There are none)
10. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the maufacturer... When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.

Instruction #12 is all about the batteries. Installation, disposal, which type to use/not to use, etc. It has an internal battery that is recharged when you plug it into your computer's USB port so you never touch the batteries.

On the other side is a warning about using headphones while driving!

Fortunately, however, these instructions come in numerous languages so it won't only be English speakers like me that are confused.

And women wonder why men put the instructions aside when assembling a new purchase? Sheesh.

Current Mood: Incredulous

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mygyzmom From: mygyzmom Date: February 24th, 2004 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Skipping instructions...

Okay, so maybe you can skip SOME instructions, but you should always make it a habit to at least LOOK at the instructions first! Even YOU have had some experiences where reading the instructions FIRST would have saved lots of time and frustration--mine and yours!
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