Microsoft's hardware group, makers of keyboards and computer mice, this morning put out a press release about a survey the company commissioned.
Brace yourself for some of the mind-boggling highlights:
- "nearly two-thirds of respondents perceived repairing their mouse and keyboard to be more difficult than repairing a flat tire."
Maybe that's because your car comes with a spare tire and instructions to install it – a computer mouse has some tiny, hidden screws and is often glued shut. The more amazing fact is that one third of computer users see themselves unscrewing a computer mouse or keyboard to make repairs. I've tried it all, and I can vow that replacing a flat tire really is easier.
- "Eight out of 10 computer users believe that high-quality mice and keyboards have an important impact on their ability to be productive at work." In other words: 80 percent of computer users believe that they need a keyboard to type and a mouse to navigate their computer screens. I am tempted to make some demeaning comment about Microsoft finally realising that users want to use Microsoft products instead of having to stare at blue screens, but that would be stating the obvious, much like this survey.
As always: read the fine print. "The survey was conducted by InsightExpress, and fielded to more than 200 full-time or part-time office workers in the United States who use computers regularly." As a rule a "survey" has to be conducted among at least 350 subjects to qualify as an official "survey". This piece of rubbish isn't even worth tearing apart.
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