Yes, everything is an interface problem.

Smoke alarms should be rebranded as “this device is broken and needs to be replaced” alarms, to better reflect their most frequent use case.


  1. August 10, 2008 – 12:10 pm

    They’re handy devices which beep loudly to tell you that you’re making toast even thought you know you are making toast because it was you who put the toast in the toaster.

  2. August 10, 2008 – 4:52 pm

    Those three long minutes between bread and toast are plenty of time to get completely distracted by something shiny on the internet, so I do appreciate that function.

    They’re also handy at reminding you that you put a pot of water on the stove to boil, but that was three hours ago and all the water has since boiled off and now the non-stick coating is burning.

    Not that I would know.

  3. August 12, 2008 – 1:27 pm

    To paraphrase Mitch Headberg: You don’t have a smoke detector so much as a really efficient double-A battery draining device.