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Things would be simpler if there were more universals



Forgive me if I’m entering my cranky old man phase, but I can’t help but think how much easier things would be if more things were standardized. When we check out at the store, why does every pin pad have to be different? Wouldn’t it be easier if they all worked the same way? Do I swipe it or slide it in? Do I remove it in five second or ten? It would be easier if television remote controls were all the same. Ever try to fiddle with one at someone else’s house? Suddenly you’ve turned on the DVD player. And on television, why can’t the game information displayed on the screen during sporting events be the same everywhere? Fox, CBS, NBC and the rest all use different graphics to tell the score, the number of outs or how much time has elapsed. Does that graphic say two outs or the bottom of the second? The sound on television should be more standard. By law. Congress passed a law some years ago dictating that the commercials not be so much louder than the programming. Seems no one is enforcing that one. Keyboards should all be laid out the same, and should include a button for www and another for dot com. How about universal phone chargers, so I don’t accidentally buy the wrong one? I don’t mean to complain, but it seems so many things could be simpler if we just adopted more universal standards.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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