Why is Low higher than High?

Low, Normal, High

Not sure why I’ve never noticed this before. When assigning a priority to a Task within Microsoft Outlook 2003 you can click on the priority box and select from a fly-out context-menu one of three options: Low, Normal or High.

But why didn’t the developers adopt a kind of natural mapping approach to the location of these three options?

In other words why not place High at the top (because it’s higher), and Low at the bottom (because it’s lower)?

Like this:

High, Normal, Low

The only reason I can think of is that they presumed that users would select Low more often than High and therefore made the Low option closer to the drop-down button, so users would have a shorter distance for their mouse to travel when selecting that option.

I never use Low, I use Normal most of the time and then occasionally highlight particularly important tasks with High. The current layout confuses me every time I use it.

What a DIN!

Useful guide to what the different DIN cables are used for: Cables To Go – DIN Connector Guide.

I found a cable in my Big Boy’s Box of Interesting Things™ and wasn’t sure what it’s for. It was a 4-pin DIN to 4-pin DIN.

The 4-pin mini-DIN connector is most often used for S-video applications.

Now I know.

And so do you. Which I’m sure will be useful if you ever come round and need to do some S-video work and forget to bring that all-important 4-pin DIN to 4-pin DIN cable.

Chocolate spam

Most spam that doesn’t make it through my spam filter (should that be ‘spam fritter’?) I just delete or point Cloudmark Desktop at and it disappears without me reading it.

I read this one today:

This is best place to get the second piece of Chocolate for your marriage/relationship!

What does that even mean?!

I like how they tried to clarify things by writing “marriage/relationship”. As though some folks might think “aww … it’s only for folks who are married. I was so longing for that second piece of chocolate — sorry, Chocolate — for our relationship.”

Toaster train

Spotted on the B3ta newsletter this week; had me crying with laughter.

On a lot of trains they have [sockets], with a little sign that says they are for laptops and mobile chargers only. What I want to know, and see in photographic form, is the biggest household appliance that can be used on a train. How many toasters does it take to bring a train to a standstill?

(The original said “on a lot of trains they have plugs…” but they really meant sockets, so I corrected it.