Having an advantage over the competition isn't always technological...
My main gripe with technology today is how complicated the design engineers have made things.
As a young Airman in the US Air Force I happened to be in the right place at the right time and had access to a MIG-15
I was amazed at how simple this aircraft was built, it was leading edge technology but every aspect of the aircraft was made for simplicity.
One of the things that US aircraft (fighters) had that always caused the maintenance tech's problems was the landing gear and the braking systems. They were (in my opinion) over engineered.
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But that MIG had the simplest landing gear and brake system I have ever seen.
The Russian engineers knew that when the aircraft was deployed to remote
airfields that the level of maintenance would not be as sophisticated as it
would be at the factory and took this in to account when designing the aircraft.
Their advantage was their
motto it was: KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid
Not because the Russian Air Force (or the other branches) personnel were
stupid (far from it!) but because simple makes for more robust and dependable systems.
So it would behoove the computer design engineers to take a look at the Russian way
of doing things and cut out all the 'extra' junk they add to their programs.
I needed to find out what video chip set was in a laptop then download the
drivers for a new installation of Windows 7.
Noooo, can't let the owner of the device know what is in the box. It took me
over an hour of searching to find the type of video chip set in the laptop and I
did not find that information on the manufactures web site either, ASUS your web
site is junk = Fail!
As an avid fan of ASUS I think I may be looking for a new supplier of
motherboards and laptops if they can't dejunk their web site.
Did I get the laptop video fixed?
Yup, but I didn't find out from ASUS what chip set was in the laptop, I had
to go to NVIDIA's web site and ran their video ID program. Very nice NVIDIA.
(Maybe ASUS should look at NVIDIA's web site to see how a great site is setup?)
I do believe all that if a web site takes a long time to load, the fonts are
hard to read, and the use of flash vs. images will cause readers to only browse
them one time.
The simpler and faster loading web site will have a large advantage over
them. At this time I have stopped using five very popular web sites because of
these very reasons. I hope my web site fits my description of KISS...
My $0.02 about finding drivers and the lengths today's
to keep that information from us.
engineers = FAIL!
Web masters and developers: If your reader (visitor) can't read your fancy
font why come to your web site? Can you say "bounce"??
Last year my Wife said: We have a little extra money after all the Grand
Children's presents were bought, would I like a new laptop (She received a new
ASUS Flip laptop - the type that can be a laptop or a tablet- for her birthday).
So my answer was YES! of course. The choice was a low end laptop for about $700
or a refurbished laptop with all the specifications I would like: i7 3GHz CPU,
16 GB ram, NVidia video, 480 GB SSD (settled for a 250 SSD). All that for less
than $700, comes with one year warranty and for a few dollars more a three year
extended warranty. All is good for about two months... Then if failed, the
motherboard went bad. After sending it back to the seller for diagnostics and
repair (long process of about two months!) it was returned. After another four
months it failed again, after checking with the seller I decided to use the ASUS
warranty. This is where I found that the ASUS web site had been redesigned, much
better however the flash is still there and there are a few irksome menu items
but over all better, so ASUS does read their reviews... By the way the laptop
when returned has bee operational for over a year...