AIB a post on another message board:
* Any electronics designed to be placed on a table -- i.e. not portable -- that you have to grab on to if you're actively using it. Clock radios with front and side-mounted switches are a classic example, and even then, if there's a tough sliding switch on the top, one still has to grab onto the radio to switch it. I've seen clock radios with front-mounted snooze buttons that are impossible to press unless you're holding on to the back of the radio; otherwise, the radio is just pushed away.
* Blindingly bright blue LEDs. Yeah, blue LEDs look nice, but when they're so intense one can practically read by them ... what's the point?
* The growing usage of confirmation prompts in EVERYTHING for actions that aren't potentially destructive or damaging. Pretty soon, a company will release a television where, when you change the channel, will prompt you with "Are you sure?"
* My cell phone has a camera button on the side that activates with a very light touch. Practically every day, I'll hear several consecutive "chuur-chink" sounds coming from my pocket. There's no key lock function to prevent accidental photos. Deleting a photo from the phone takes four steps, including an "Are you sure?" prompt.
* The same cell phone will have a battery strength reading that shows three bars (full). After about four days, the display drops to two bars. After 12 hours, the display drops to one bar, and the phone screams like a banshee, telling you "OMG BATTERY TIME IS TEH LOW PANIC NOW!", even if the volume is turned down completely, or the ringer is set to vibrate. About 30 minutes later, you can't make any calls.
Anyone else got any similarly dumb home electronics?