I was at Gatwick Airport the other day, and as I dried my hands in the gents, something occurred to me. The hand dryer was actually drying my hands.
I surely can't be the only person to notice, over the years, that the electric hot-air hand dryers you find in public toilets, pub loos and the like generally fail in their main mission: to dry one's hands. I've never fathomed why this might be the case - after all, if I was a pub owner and I'd bought a hand dryer that didn't dry my customers' moist mitts, I'd make the supplier do something about it - but that's the way it seems to be. Perhaps there's an exemption in the Sale of Goods act, which says that stuff must be fit for purpose except in cases of removing moisture from digits.
The thing is, the hand dryer in the Gatwick loo was a Dyson AirBlade (more info here). Yes, the same people that brought us the vacuum cleaner that actually sucks up dust properly have now made a hot-air hand dryer that does indeed dry your hands properly.
On the ensuing four-hour flight, I had time to think what a cool idea it would be to apply this concept to the stuff that we IT people use all the time. Stuff like:
Dyson Windows: unmounts your USB memory stick every time you tell it to, rather than just some of the time like my Microsoft version does it.
Dyson VPN: allows me to connect my IPSec VPN client from anywhere, rather than from anywhere except behind a NAT firewall.
Dyson DECT phone: a digital handset that communicates reliably with the base station when farther away than the next room.
Dyson VLAN-enabled router: a router that routes all the time, rather than only passing packets when it feels like it.
Dyson KVM switch: a device for connecting multiple computers to a single keyboard, screen and mouse, and which preserves the KVM signal to the servers all the time, rather than sometimes dropping out and making the latter think there's no keyboard connected.
Dyson vacuum cleaner: a cleaning implement where the nozzle doesn't keep falling off (as opposed to the admittedly ageing Dyson cleaner I have whose nozzle DOES keep falling off).
Anyone else got any suggestions for IT kit that sort-of works most of the time, but which could be made better by re-engineering it properly, "the Dyson Way"?