The Lightswitch That Might Explain a Lot About Java

by Joey deVilla on June 28, 2007

John Maeda at The Laws of Simplicity has an interesting photo of a lightswitch at Sun Labs:

Lightswitch at Sun with a lot of confusing features and instructions.
Click the photo to see the original.

He writes:

I gave a talk at Sun Labs where I encountered a special light switch in one of their conference rooms. At first I thought it was some kind of silly “engineer” joke. But the light switch functions as stated for real. Does it win the award for the most confusing light switch? I bet there are other ones out there that are equally complex to use.

The lightswitch design philosophy at Sun is quite clearly reflected in Java.

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