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April 25th, 2006

Made in USA!

At work we have a new water dispenser. Its control panel lets you get cold water or hot, which requires pressing two buttons at once, presumably to avoid accidental scalding.

What I enjoy most about this dispenser is the display. It rotates between four messages:

  • Pure Water!
  • Made in U.S.A.!
  • For service call…
  • Total consumption: 148 gallons

While the service number and the total consumption are somewhat interesting or useful, the first two items are pointless… especially the second. “Made in U.S.A.!” “Well, good! I’ll trust this to supply me my drinking water because it’s not one of those foreign units!”

According to the site, this machine “[p]rovides a level of performance and programmability never before seen in a point-of-use drinking water system.” You know what that means: it must be hackable.

Any suggestions for replacements for the first two messages?

Posted in Consumer Commentary

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday April 25, 2006 -- 10:36:25 am
"Now mit iodine!"

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday April 25, 2006 -- 11:02:38 am
"Just say NO to acid rain!"

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday April 25, 2006 -- 11:46:30 am


FROM: Steve A
DATE: Tuesday April 25, 2006 -- 3:40:41 pm
To expound on Cat's message, which I found truly hilarious.. how about, "Pee free for __ days." ???

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday April 25, 2006 -- 8:09:29 pm
"Who farted?"

It's always funny, I don't care.

FROM: Mike
DATE: Tuesday April 25, 2006 -- 10:23:19 pm
The water is pure, but 'that guy' who doesn't wash after handling his junk when using the restroom accidentally rubbed his finger against the water dispenser, negating all of our purity efforts.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday April 26, 2006 -- 10:24:17 pm
Hmm. What brand is it? Searching on those phrases didn't turn up much.

I had to learn to hack our office phone system when they started getting lazy about fixing the time after DST switches and about keeping it in sync with the computer systems. I rely on it as my clock! Luckily there are administration manuals online, and they never bothered to change the default password...

FROM: lol
DATE: Thursday April 27, 2006 -- 6:10:05 am
"u are ugly"
"drinking water not help"

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 27, 2006 -- 9:46:07 am
Whoo, looks like "lol" is a nice little spambot tester.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 27, 2006 -- 4:48:56 pm
What brand is it?

Pure Water. The links in the entry point right to it.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday April 28, 2006 -- 10:22:04 pm
Ryan: *sigh* On behalf of my sleep-deprived self, I apologize profusely. I'll bang my head into the wall as well, if that will help.

I'll just go hide in this corner of the internet now...

Ryan April 25, 2007, 1:40 pm

I’ve been meaning to note since I wrote this Ping that some clever co-workers did indeed figure out how to edit the text on the screen (it wasn’t terribly difficult since there are only a few buttons that one can press). Read about it and see pictures here:

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