Made by Monkeys: Documentation Reviews

Android finds Recalls.gov mobile app

Here’s an interesting one. Recall Corner has proved a popular element of Made By Monkeys, and here’s a way of accessing a whole lot of data about the details of a whole lot of product recalls. The mainstay of many Recall Corner entrants, the US Consumer Product Safety…

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Needless Math: That "Handy" Half Gallon Measure!

Engineers are great with calculations, but needless math can be really irritating. Take Jon Titus’ experience with this bottle of fuel stabilizer and the instructions for mixing it with gas: “Before I fueled my new snow blower I mixed some “fuel stabilizer” with the 2 gallons of gas I got…

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Road Sign Design by Committee aka Faulty Directions

You want to go where? The Boston Globe’s article Street Smarts? illustrates perfectly why even locals are flummoxed by the exploding number of increasingly ambiguous road signs around town. But now at least we know why — they’re designed by a committee…

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Warning: Mist Maker May Cause Local Pains

I bought this Chinese-made mist maker for Halloween from a mail order catalog, excitedly planning how I would awe party goers by creating “a magical mist from water in seconds” — or so the promotional material promised. Submerged in water as directed, the unit did not produce the highly anticipated…

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Freescale MCU Dev Kit Doc - In a Word, "Aaaaargh!"

Engineers buy and use development kits and evaluation boards to minimise their risk and speed the design cycle — many say they expect to get something working on a new board in a mere 30 minutes or less. So when the documentation sucks, often contradicting itself or leaving out critical details…

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