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October 12, 2007  |  Volume 4, Issue 41

 

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Planned Obsolescence
>> TechTip: JavaScript Made Easy, Part II—Is Caps Lock On?

Feature Article - Commentary
 
Planned Obsolescence

Ever hear "They don't make those anymore!" when trying to get something fixed?


A few years after we moved into our house, the drive belt on our electric clothes dryer broke. The new belt was a bit too snug and kept popping off the idler pulley. The instructions for the belt recommended replacing the idler pulley assembly when replacing the belt, so off I went to the appliance parts store. The guy at the counter took one look at the idler and said, "They don't make those anymore!"

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Feature Article - TechTip
 
TechTip: JavaScript Made Easy, Part II—Is Caps Lock On?

With JavaScript, you don't have to reinvent the wheel. Someone has always been there before you.

Sometimes you discover things that make you say, "Well, that's clever!"


If you have ever monitored a help desk, you know that Mr. Clumsy may have accidentally turned Caps Lock on when signing into Windows. If this happens, a message pops up stating that Caps Lock is on and that it might prevent the user from signing in correctly. I think this message is very clever, and I am sure it has saved a lot of calls to help desks.


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