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We wanted a monkey butler and bought one off eBay. Imagine our surprise when we found it was just an ordinary monkey with rabies. Worse: It had no butler training at all. Tell us about your duff technology purchases.

Thanks to Moonbadger for the suggestion

(, Thu 29 Sep 2011, 12:51)
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Two different blokes I know
Spent vast wads of cash on fancy wristwatches. I wear a 12 Casio, so it's not really my thing, but I can understand the appeal, and I like a fancy bit of technology as much as the next man.

However, what I really don't get is that they bought watches which charge themselves from your body's movement - you wear them and they use your motion to recharge. Excellent.

AND THEN THEY SPENT HUNDREDS OF POUNDS ON SPECIAL BOXES WHICH WIGGLE THE WATCH AROUND FOR YOU, WHEN THEY COULD JUST WEAR THE FUCKING THING.

Both of them are a bit thick, to be fair.
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 11:18, closed)
This
made me do a lol. I bet the special boxes use far more battery power than a battery-operated watch ever would.
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 11:24, closed)
I'd never even considered this
but it's an entirely legitimate point
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 11:55, closed)
In my opinion watches are time-telling devices which are made to be worn.
I don't understand why people buy expensive watches then never wear them -- that's defeating the object of a watch.
Personally, I did spend a few quid on a fancy watch -- but it's a G-Shock and only leaves my wrist at night. It is a useless gadget in itself though, as it tells me my altitude -- provided I calibrated it in the same atmospheric conditions.
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 11:28, closed)
A related lol
Back in college during a maths session (not a euphemism) one lad was bragging about how awesome his watch was.

Bragger: "... And it's waterproof to 200 metres, which is really important when I go diving."
Other boy: "Where do you go diving?"
Bragger: "At the swimming pool."
Other boy: "Do you often get to 200 metres in a swimming pool?"

Chortles ensued.
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 11:37, closed)
Surely it's a good idea to have your watch be waterproof
to a depth beyond that which you'd normally do down to? Or do you have a different watch for each dive?
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 13:15, closed)
General rule amongst actual divers
is that devices which are waterproof only as a secondary feature are only reliable up to about 10-20% of the stated depth. So a 200m normal watch might be useful for a normal 30m dive or might implode, while a 50m divers watch will probably work to 50m.
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 13:54, closed)

Divers watches are the dog's because they're tested doing what they're designed for. Watches which say 200m would probably be ok sitting in a static tank at 200m equivalent, but when you're swimming about and knocking it off your diving tank the actual pressure your watch sees varies quite a bit. I've got a Tag which has 200m on it and I wouldn't take that deeper than snorkeling.
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 15:55, closed)
Mmm
I have a watch which is water resistant to 30m. Apparently, that translates to "Don't submerge it in water"

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Resistant_mark
(, Sat 1 Oct 2011, 10:51, closed)
But what if you have a collection
You can't wear your nice automatic watch all the time. So you have to have a watch winder to keep them fully charged/wound. I can't wear my nice watch at work so I bought a watch winder.
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 12:45, closed)
Can't you just
wind it up and set the time when you want to wear it? Takes about 30 seconds....
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 14:31, closed)
Why can't you wear it all the time?
Especially if it's an expensive waterproofy type thing. My watch only comes off for sexy times, and only then because the straps a bit crap and might scratch my missus' back/front/ladyparts.
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 15:33, closed)
Can't you just
move it up your arm a bit, so it doesn't?
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 22:29, closed)
fnar...

(, Sat 1 Oct 2011, 18:28, closed)
clearly...
the sort of person that would buy that is enough of a wanker that the wrist action should keep the watch perfectly wound....
(, Fri 30 Sep 2011, 14:22, closed)
Casio F91W
This is all you need:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casio_F91W

Cheap, reliable and puts you on an FBI watch list.
(, Sun 2 Oct 2011, 19:32, closed)
I have two
This probably means I'm the new leader of Al Qaeda.
(, Mon 3 Oct 2011, 9:56, closed)

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