Why is it that every new electronic device has to announce its presence with a musical chime? Computers, mobile telephones, microwave ovens – as soon as they are switched on they ululate. The world is plangent with digital tintinnabulation. These devices really are insignificant on the worldly scale yet they burst forth with magniloquent fanfaronade.
I recently purchased a snapshot camera. It is called the Nikon Coolpix. Here we see it in its resting state. When I switch it on, it broadcasts a musical chime. Why? What is the purpose of this melody? Is it to tell me that I have switched it on?
Here is a picture of the camera now that it is switched on. Can you see the difference? Not only is there a green light flashing on top, but the lens has deployed itself like a telescope. Am I likely to not notice this?
I can understand a light controlled pedestrian crossing having an audible warning so that blind persons can know when it is safe to cross the road but why does my camera have an audible warning? Surely it is not for blind people?They would not be using the camera on account of their deficiency in the one sense that is needed to ensure successful photography.
And then I browsed the instruction booklet. Under the title Troubleshooting, I found the following observations:
It would seem that the Nikon Coolpix is not so cool.