I think it’s because of smart phones and other personal devices that they have brought them back into our lives. The first one I remember was the eternal blinking clock light on the VCR’s then every appliance since the 1980’s came with a clock that no one could figure how to set. Until you could navigate through every room in your by using “Ghost Lights” all over your house.
Yes they are back, last week as I wrote in my article (LiP 11-05 Microwaveable Medal Spoons) I sallied forth the day after the demise of my microwave to purchase a NEW 3D Brand oven. I found it and noted the price had come down in the 10 years since the last one $93.00 Na Lang!
But there it was, the blinking Ghost light where the clock I never wanted should be. Yes I own a smart phone, which I call, and text with, but nothing else. It’s still a virgin when it comes to turning on the Wi-Fi, but I still tried to set the clock on the new oven and had a classic fail moment. But then I remembered all the power fluctuations on the mountain here in Bataan and figured I’d be setting the clock a few times a day and said; “To hell with that!”
Buttons and more buttons, I believe the microwave has APPs installed to do most things but set the damn clock, why can’t simple be the law of the land. Also why are the instructions printed in micro print, or did I just figure out why it was named a Microwave?
Oh I can preprogram it to start in the morning, but then they told me I could also do that with my drip coffee maker too, once more they lied to this consumer. But as I thought about it, I wondered why someone would need to preprogram their popcorn anyway, as I could not think of anything else that function would be used for.
Then as I scrolled through the instruction manual, there was all the knowledge needed to cook your Thanks Giving Turkey in a microwave. I stuck a sticker over that section and wrote, “They serve a complete with all the trimmings, Thanks Giving Turkey Dinner at the Sit-N’-Bull restaurant in the Barrio every year, plus 6 or 7 other places I know of.
Here is what I have learned in all the years as a microwave user; “Push the power button, set the time, push the on button, wait the appropriate time, and your done” Is there really anything more you need to know? Oh wait, there is still no medal fork or spoons allowed while nuking!
To sum it all up, for those purists who would never own a microwave, disregard this entire article, and I’m sorry that you had to read this much that doesn’t apply to you. And for the rest of us you’ll be happy to know that the microwave has remained as simple to operate as they have always been (Except for the clock is back) All this 500 plus words are “Just an Observation” on my part trying to ease our life in the Philippines,
Disclaimer: I am not a cooperate shill for the 3D appliance company, but if they feel the need to send me a few peso’s…