This appeared on The Onion quite a while ago
Register Hardware’s hacks are always tied to their keyboards, so going into the kitchen to prepare the morning toast is a right royal pain in the bum. So imagine our collective glee when we discovered this little number. USB_toaster The USB Toaster. What an idea! The techie toaster may only toast one slice of bread at a …
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What sort of c*nt would buy someone this? It'd be bad enough to receive something as unbelievably lame as a USB toaster, but at least it would be sort of funny. Opening the box to find you've not actually got anything at all, however... well, I can't imagine many people seeing the funny side.
Also, this has to beat HP's record for excessive packaging.
Given than usb 1.1 is only 100mw, then i would be sceptical of the claims of this box, even before i had opened to find a pair of socks.
Now if they wanted to power it off a sony laptop battery, then thats different. Preventing the toast being burnt to a crisp would be the main challenge!
USB delivers 500mA which is 2.5W.
Still nowhere near enough for anything than a small slice of toast, though I did burn my fingers on a 10R resistor I was using to measure the on-load output of various USB hosts the other day.
(Technically, you have to ask the bus nicely for more than 100mA, but most hosts aren't that clever).
Love it!! Nice spoof.
Of course, anyone who's read Rohan Candappa's excellent "Little Book of Wrong Shui" would know that, if you were to use this USB toaster and your toast always falls butter-side-down, simply butter the other side.
IT angle?? OK...from the book...
<quote>Attract visitors to your home by placing stereo, video, and computer equipment where they can be seen from the road..</quote>
Oh, yeah, when laying out a room, NEVER place a rock near a Hard Place.
This is thanks to the master of Wrong Shui, Master Yu Plon Ker.
Read this book on a transatlantic flight, laughed so much I thought the flight attendants were going to put me in restraints, being shortly after the incident with the "Cackling Co-pilot"
I first heard of the "eject /dev/toaster" joke at least 8 or 9 years ago - and I'm afraid the geeky sniggering is now getting to me to the point where I'm actually considering making a damn toaster that I can connect to my computer just to shut everyone up! If it had been real I wouldn't have been complaining, but come on, this is hardly original!
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