There is no such thing as a free lunch. Everything comes at a cost. There are probably many more cliches that mean the same thing. Every step of progress forward entails a cost or what I call the "nuisance factor."
I got to thinking about this recently when I ordered a portable wet/dry vac from Dewalt that uses the same battery as my drill. I have nothing against the company and both the vac and drill work well and are convenient. However, the owner's manual? Now that's something else. Those of you reading this who are old enough to remember maps, (as in real paper-not Google or Apple), might recall how daunting it was to fold and unfold these for use in the car. Well the vacuum manual was the same. It was folded into about 16 squares of paper with tiny font and no beginning or end. The pages were not numbered and it was in four languages. I couldn't get past the two pages of ridiculous warnings like don't use the drill in the pool or bathtub. Really? In frustration I stopped reading it.
I suppose I should feel lucky since so many companies don't even give you a manual. Just go on-line, download the PDF and figure it out. The on-line manual however is just an electronic version of the same junk with two pages written to prevent lawsuits and the rest unorganized. What has happened to us for the love of Pete?
Here is where we get into the gained and lost idea. Yes class action suits and plaintiff attorneys have helped to identify bad products. But in the interim it has raised the cost and complexity of everything we buy and own now. Take a simple ladder for example. Have you bought a new one lately? There must be at least six stickers plastered on it now with gloom and doom warnings. It's dangerous to use the top step for support. Geez, really? I didn't know that. Anyone dumb enough to stand on the top step anyway isn't going to pay attention to the warnings, but the ladder company's ass sure will be covered from an moronic lawsuit.
I could go on and on and in case you don't know it, look up on-line the annual Stella awards. The real namesake is Stella Liebeck who is 1992 successfully sued Mcdonalds for burning herself with their hot coffee. Yes, that is why your steaming hot cup of Joe tells you it is hot. Since then the most ridiculous lawsuits get annual awards. Like the lady who was driving a RV drunk and sued the manufacturer for damages after an accident.
The internet is convenient but also frustrating. As good as Google searches are there are still roadblocks and detours when looking something up that takes you what seems like forever to find. More and more websites don't have phone support and I am sorry; although I am retired, I don't want to read your product's community forum to find out an answer to a simple question. I did this in something called the library, (remember those?), when I was growing up.
Any way enough of my rant. I have to go back on-line now to tell the Dewalt company that their owner manual really sucks.....