Thread Number: 33947
Superiority of American Appliances
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|Post# 510022   4/7/2011 at 16:10 (4,629 days old) by joe_in_philly (Philadelphia, PA, USA)  || |
I hope that people can see this is supposed to be a humorous piece, and not take offense or feel the need to defend one side or the other.
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|Post# 510031 , Reply# 1   4/7/2011 at 17:04 (4,629 days old) by supremewhirlpol ()  || |
That is pretty funny. I do have a Ariston W/d combo, to which I have no clue what the symbols stand for without having to stare at the pull-out guide.
|Post# 510069 , Reply# 2   4/7/2011 at 20:10 (4,628 days old) by Mrx ()  || |
Sounds to me like the curse of the crappy rental apartment. The quality of appliances in some apartments really leaves a lot to be desired on both sides of the Atlantic. My impression of US appliances is horribly tainted by a under cheap microwave, a dishwasher that seemed straight out of I Love Lucy, a stove that just burnt everything and a washing machine that had a seriously ineffective agitator.
Your own home appliances are invariably hand picked and better quality. Never a great idea to base your impressions on cheap apartments or student accommodation :)
indesit washer dryers are the ultimate in cheap landlord junk lol
|Post# 510133 , Reply# 3   4/8/2011 at 01:52 (4,628 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)  || |
Most dificult standard: TEMPERATURE KNOBS. The famous C and F.
Up to today I have to guess the temperatures when I'm reading american recipes or using american ovens. I have some dificulty to even understand some threads where people say they wash a load at 100 and something degrees F. as all my life my natural reference was Celsius. (ok, I know how to calculate, but it's not an automatic action. I have to stop and use my brain to convert F to C or C to F.
I'd love a global washing machine with the universal "Cold" sign or a blue mark for cold, an yellow mark for warm and a red mark or a flame for hot.
Same happens with taps. H and C in english, F and C in spanish, F and Q in portuguese. what a mess! Isn't easier to have a blue and a red dot? Even chinese people would understant the blue is cold and the red is hot. (I china was even worse. The taps had the hot and cold information written in CHINESE! I can speak chinese but i'm not fluent and also I don't know how to read or write... (well everybody know this information is unuseful as we can simply open the tap and feel the water temperature, but it's annoying when we can't understand simple information.
Other wierd thing I saw in China: Elevators.
Even retarded people know that the upper button is to call the elevator when we want to go up and the down button to go down. Internationally, the signs are the obvious arrows.
Well, some elevators in china have the buttons side by side and without the arrows. What should I do? Well, after some time I discovered the left is up and the right is down. It wasn't a big thing at all but I would feel more comfortable if I could understand it immediatelly. a simple arrow or even the position of the buttons would be much more efficient.
The point is. for some things globalization is great. signs that can be understood at any language are great, but some companies try to create new signs and they are completelly ununderstandable. The problem isn't the lack or a word, but the lack of information or the excess of creativity.
That's the reason the international signs are there for. Everybody would recognize a handicaped sign (wheelchair) in NY or Paris or Sao Paulo or Beirut or Hong Kong.
Everybody understands the "STOP" traffic signs everywhere in the world, even if inside it it's written "pare" or "Alto" Why they don't use the same sign on appliances everywhere? Everybody would understand a button with that sign is supposed to stop or cancel the operation.
The only sign i see almost all manufacturers sharing is the "power" sign (circle with a bar). computers, cell phones, cars, washing machines, everything uses it. Simple, isn't it?
The most ridiculous signs I've ever seen were in a chinese OEM washing machine sold in paraguay... the wool cycle had a "sheep" sign... I took a few months wondering what the hell was that ridiculous animal until I discover it that was a sheep, and a few more seconds to connect the information "sheep produces wool... WOOL CYCLE!" (of course you can imagine how loud were my laughs). And before you ask, No, I'm not blonde! Don't ask me what sign the same machine had to identify the spin only. That was easy to guess, but even more funny........ Ferris wheel, duh
|Post# 510135 , Reply# 4   4/8/2011 at 02:05 (4,628 days old) by dj-gabriele ()  || |
Hahaha, that was the most fun article I ever read! :)
Give me "dry" and "more dry" any time of year ;) haahhaha but please never take my "900W" microwave away nor my "60°C to 90°C" wash :) ahahahhaa
|Post# 510138 , Reply# 5   4/8/2011 at 02:55 (4,628 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)  || |
|Post# 510140 , Reply# 6   4/8/2011 at 04:43 (4,628 days old) by dj-gabriele ()  || |
Well, in the USA, one might use btu/hour instead of watts... :)
1 btu/hour = 0.29307107 watts
1 watt = 3.41214163 btu/hour
After all the international system is not enforced nor liked there! heheheh
|Post# 510149 , Reply# 7   4/8/2011 at 06:43 (4,628 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)  || |
|Post# 510209 , Reply# 8   4/8/2011 at 11:23 (4,628 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)  || |
One thing the world would create is a washing machine load standar that's really "standard" everywhere.
Exactly the same 5kg capacity machine in Brazil is sold as 5.5kg in argentina and almost 7kg in some european countries.
That's odd. 1kg is 1kg everywhere in the world.
Worst. why use weight instead of volume to measure capacity? 1kg of denims isn't the same as 1kg os wool.
Why can't all the countries use the same standard that everybody would understand easily?
|Post# 512512 , Reply# 9   4/19/2011 at 22:45 (4,616 days old) by Toggleswitch (New York City, NY)  || |
Quote: Up to today I have to guess the temperatures when I'm reading American recipes or using american ovens.
use these approximations
200*C = 400*F and
175*C = 350*F
163*C = 325*F (meats at 25 minutes per pound, usually)
that will take care of 90% of your cooking needs.
*F -32* x 5/9 = *C
Takes two seconds on the calculator.
*c x 1.8 +32 =*F
(where 1.8 = 9/5)
-40 *c = -40*F
0*C = 32*F
37*C = 98.6*F Body temp
40*C = 104*F (fever)
60*C = 140*F
80*C = 176*F
100*C = 212*F
175*C = 350*F (Roasting and baking) moderate oven
200*C = 400*f Medium-high oven
285*C= 550*F super-hot oven
1*C change = 1.8* F change