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last weekend I had bad experiences with humor in technical writing. I
bought a new Agfa scanner (1236s) with a new scanwise driver, and it has a
very humoresque picture each time, it starts. The scanner itself is fast,
but the start time is very long. It waits and waits, before starting.
Before I had a mustek scanner, it has a simple interface, it is easy to
use, but I gave it my daughter.
Each time, I start the program, it shows me happy people, for a lots of
But I had a lot of problems to get the scanner to work. In the end I did
not use the delivered adaptec scsi controller.
In the shop, they wanted to sell me an additional controller, they said my
computer would be working with.
In the end, I used an own controller, and another computer.
I became more and more angry about the picture with the happy people.
When I tried to switch to gray scale, the software crashed. Happy people on
This problem I could solve by downloading a new driver version from the
Agfa home page.
Happy people again. Why do they do this?
I want to scan pictures, not to see pictures on their software.
Later, there are little animations, but no opportunity to store set up options.
So I have to type in again and again the same number for resolution in dpi.
After selecting another device for output, it is lost.
So I ask: do they laugh and dance because of me?
I would recommend, never to use such pictures.
What do you think about happy people pictures on software surfaces?
Is the software surface a technical writer issue?