Simple Technology, Yet Scary

Last weekend The Curmudgeon painted his bedroom, and to make the job easier, he cleared the room of much of its furniture.  (By the way:  have you ever moved a queen-sized mattress to another room by yourself?)  One of the things he removed was a night table, and with it, a clock-radio.

The following day, when the paint fumes cleared, he began bringing furniture back into the room.  (By the way:  have you ever moved a queen-sized mattress back from another room by yourself?)  Among other things, he brought back the night table and clock-radio.

He plugged in the clock-radio with a bit of trepidation:  he had dropped it while unplugging it the previous day.  So he watched the face of the clock, and within about ten seconds, the clock cycled through a series of numbers and then stopped – on the correct time.  All by itself.

While The Curmudgeon suspects this is not exactly electronic wizardry, it’s still pretty impressive.  It’s also a little scary that a mere twenty dollars buys that kind of technology.

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