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TECHNO BABEL, AND ON-LINE ONLY OWNERS MANUALS

Techno babbel and on-line ONLY owners manuals

Yes, I am furious, about technology. Why?

Because, in the past, when I purchased printers, each unit package contained a CD-based owners manual, and the entire owners manual, including directions, for re-sizing documents/photos, were ALL presented, in clear, people speak language.

Nowadays, however, the major manufacturers, of home electronics, not only expect customers to have computer technology degrees, in order to operate even home-based equipment, but worse.

Manufacturers believe that "1984" has arrived, and that ALL citizens have home internet access.

Result, those of us, who grew up using pen, paper, envelopes, and stamps (not iPads, and laptop computers), are being faced with "attempting" to "operate" this tech, with no idea of WHAT our machines are telling us.

Take myself, for example:

Even when all I want to do is enlarge pictures, and documents, into a more easily readable size, but, do printers have a "click here", to "change photo/print size", anymore? Nope!

In fact, my printer does not even have a "selection" page, period.

Truth be told, I have no idea WHAT my printer is telling me, when I want to change the size, of documents/pictures.

I must wonder if manufacturers have, completely forgotten that, MAYBE 2% of the world speaks "computer".

The rest of us, who only speak English, French, German, Russian, etc, have no idea what this tech is "telling" us.

Why do corporations bother marketting machines, to the general public, when these machines are delivered with neither operating instructions, on CD, nor are the on-line directions presented, for HUMAN understanding?

(The SAME goes for web-site creation "tools")

WHY do computer marketting companies bother marketting products, to the general public, when 98%, of the general public has no understanding of what this "techno-babble" means?

Why should not these "techno-geeks" LIMITED their "target market", to the 2%, of the population, which, actually UNDERSTANDS the content, of these "directions"?

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I know why!!!

Your question is: "Techno babbel and on-line ONLY owners manuals

Yes, I am furious, about technology. Why?"


MONEY. Plain and simple. As to the techno babble we can discuss that a little later but to include manuals that start from the beginning and work their way up to the computer language would cost more than the product itself.

So here we are and I can get a new printer for 50 bucks. When I bought my last printer with a good one inch thick manual that printer was over 600 bucks. I did not claim the costs were all in the manual but it is costly. Not only in production but in sending out updates and corrections.

Given the costs involved, no. We are not going back.

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My $800 printer

My $800 printer that I received yesterday did not have a manual either. They have a useless comic book pictorial guide that is impossible to understand.

Apparently the bean counters at Konica Minolta have been working overtime.

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Why don't you just give up?

You've posted numerous threads here about your upset and often confusion over computer and internet related things, it seems maybe there are other things you might find easier to deal with? There's a point at which tenacity, backed up by continual failures, starts to look more like foolishness to continue with it. Maybe take up a hobby, like fishing, or horticulture, etc.

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If it's fishing just don't get a electronic fish finder...

Because the owner's manual is probably online as well. Wink

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Re: manual

Even for the shaver and the bicycle I bought recently the owners manual was only online. I wonder what novelist thinks about that. Maybe he grows his beard and only walks because of it. Wink

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Do I dare? Yup.
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LOL !
Devil
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And even that is incomplete...

...it doesn't tell which end to put to the ground!

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Re: change size of documents and pictures

I've never seen a printer that does this. And I don't know what a "selection" page on a printer should do.

My printer prints what the program (say Excel for spreadsheets, MS Word for documents, Internet Explorer for websites, Foxit reader for pdf's, Irfanview for pictures) shows in the print preview, and that's it, unless I change settings (like two sided, or 2 pages to 1 page, or color/grey tints) in the settings before printing.

Post was last edited on February 21, 2017 10:50 AM PST

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Robert, right on target

Just like auto makers as a comparison, when $X bucks can be saved and then repeatedly over X-number of cars, you get to save money. Not for you maybe but the manufacturer loves to save money. On electronics and such, it has become common now to lessen anything not required up-front, as most electronics are "turn-key ready" for use. The basics are done but any fancy tweeking or such isn't required too often thus they get away from that. Sorry, but it's not going to get better. Though, some electronics do have "LED displays" which allow easier access to setting or quick set-up provided the user has a clue on how to proceed. Of course, if you're 9-10yrs. its a snap. Heck, I've been doing this for 40yrs. and still have to re-learn things again and again. -----Willy Happy

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A better question.

Why do 98% of the people buy things they can't use?

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I know one reason.

Some of the best sales persons ever!

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I think there is more to this.

First off, if there is an online manual and you want a CD manual, why nor just download the web page to a CD and you will have what you want? Incidentally, I would suggest a USB stick, rather than a CD, in the t the stick is writeable and you can add your own notes and reminders where you feel necessary. Also many PCs now don't have CD drives and this is an increasing trend.

But diverging from the specific manual issue, while James makes a point, if somewhat bluntly, I don't think it is a realistic option. Whether we like it or not, technology has become an indispensable part of our lives and we should get used to that. I've had my "three score and ten" but am still learning about so many things. I regard the day as worth getting up for if I learn something new.

Let's use an analogy, (I'll assume you don't speak Icelandic - if you do, substitute another country where you don't). Now suppose you decide you are going to move to Iceland and live the rest, or at least a significant part, of your life there. I suspect one of your first priorities would, indeed, be to learn to speak Icelandic. And so for anywhere else you might choose to live. Isn't this exactly the same as the world of technology? To get the most out of it, you need to learn the language.

Incidentally, as with most technology people (I've been in the industry for half a century) many of us lived by the adage "When all else fails, read the manual"! That's how we learned our trade.

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