Whatever comes to mind, and then the interesting directions that thought will take you on the web.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

US Airways 1549

From flightaware.com, the tracklog of US Airways 1549.  

TimePositionGround speedAltitudeFacility
Eastern TZLatitudeLongitudektsFeetLocation/Type
03:26PM40.80-73.871511800 level New York TRACON
03:27PM40.83-73.871742800 climbing New York TRACON
03:27PM40.86-73.881943200 climbing New York Center
03:28PM40.88-73.902022000 descending New York TRACON
03:28PM40.86-73.932151600 descending New York Center
03:29PM40.83-73.951941200 descending New York TRACON
03:29PM40.82-73.971911300 climbing New York Center
03:30PM40.78-74.00189400 descending New York TRACON
03:31PM40.75-74.02153300 descending New York TRACON

The 03:31PM Location seems a little south of where the NY Times has the location of the crash.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The World's Most Complicated Alarm Clock

I once stayed at a hotel in Pittsburgh. I needed to be up early the next day, so decided to set the alarm on the clock radio in the room, in addition to using the wake up call.

The clock was branded "Philips Magnavox".

Whatever I tried, I could not work out how to set the alarm. Being very persistent, and contemplating a fairly amusing blog post, I decided to search for the clock's instruction manual on the web.

I found it on the Philips website.

So, what was the trick to get the alarm to work?

Well, the clock has a feature called "Weekend Sleeper" (stops the alarm on the weekend). In order for that feature to work, the clock must know the day of the week. So, needed to set the day of the week, and then the alarm could be set.

This is an example of a non-intuitive user interface. There was no way I could work out how to perform a fairly simple task without reading the friendly manual.