We’re putting it down to the return of Downton, but at the moment certain machines are getting on our nerves.
It starts in the kitchen. Labour saving devices like the dishwasher and washing machines are getting ideas above their stations. Is it entirely necessary to beep so insistently once they have completed the simple task assigned to them? Would Bates ring the bell to tell us he had finished polishing the silver? Certainly not. And would Anna grab our arms to inform us that she had laid out our clothes for the morning? Heaven forbid. They would get on with it discreetly, and not disturb us with the minutiae of their tasks.
That is how we want our homes to behave. And it’s the same in the office. We do not wish to be bombarded with demands from attention when applications want to be updated. Adobe is the worst culprit, leaping up and down at the bottom of the computer screen like an over eager child in the classroom. Adobe should take a leaf from downstairs at Downton – perform quietly and efficiently in deference to our greater importance. Remember, just as Lord Grantham would not expect to be disturbed to be reminded that the clocks need winding, nor do we wish to be troubled by the such trifles as a new version BBC Desktop, or Tweetdeck et al.
We’d like all our machines to treat us as if we were Lady Mary in mourning. Tiptoe quietly around us at a respectful distance. You never know, it might even make us smile.