This page tells me how to set my watch. You might think that’s kind of unnecessary, since watches are pretty simple, but I’ve got a story about that.
Back when I was working at Motorola, I was standing in the break room and one of the engineers there asked me what time it was. I said “Ummm, let’s see, umm, 2:30 pm,” and he asked what took me so long. I explained that I kept my watch set on 24-hour time but didn’t know how to change from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time without my instruction manual; I couldn’t find it, so I was subtracting for DST and 24-hour time simultaneously.
There were several other engineers in the break room along with my friend, and when I said that I didn’t know how to set my watch, all six of them headed straight for me—“Let’s see it!” they said.
Peter, Pat and Martin Kane, and several Gould Computers
This photo copyright © 2005 Patrick E. Kane, all rights reserved
I had no choice but to turn my watch over to them; they messed with it for 20 minutes or so, scratching their heads and pushing button after button. You know, I never knew it was such a complicated watch until these high-powered software engineers, with years of experience and many published papers, gave up.
“Well,” they said, “You’ll have to find the instruction book.”
“Yes,” I said, “I knew that.”
Anyway, here are the instructions so that I’m not completely hosed if I lose the hard copy. For the benefit of anyone else out there who’s trying to index this site, these are instructions for the Casio Model 844 Fishing watch.
The Long-Dead Fishing Watch
I don’t fish, but I think it’s the only kind of watch a calendar freak ought to have—it shows the phases of the moon.
Email received 21 April 2006:
My name is Zaid Balushi and I am an 18 year old student from Oman. I have just finished reading your site on the Casio 844 manual. Sir you are my hero. I am using this watch since 1994 (over 12 years!), I have lost my manual when I was six and your manual saved my life. I love my old simple watch and now I can use it with all its functions. Again thanks to you. I hope that you read this e-mail and reply back. Who would've known that after all these years your manual could help some one.
I finally bought a new watch; unfortunately, it doesn’t show the phases of the moon, but it does, at the click of a button, show me the current time in any timezone in the world. It also shows UTC time; the best part is, I don’t even need the instructions because it has little LCD displays in it that tell me, at all times, exactly what the buttons do in whatever state the watch is in. I think that’s pretty nifty, myself. But I’ll keep this instruction book on-line, for anyone else out there who might need it.
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