「斷背」插頭

儘管大家可能都沒有聽過網絡插頭會用「斷背」來形容,不過大抵都會明白我的意思,因為大家都可能有過這樣的經驗:乙太網(Ethernet)插頭(正式名稱為RJ45)上的「閥*」極為脆弱,一不小心便會扯斷,成了「斷背」插頭,Brokeback plug。
 
插頭斷背後就不能牢固地鎖在插座裡,網路常常會突然斷掉,實在不勝其煩!為了一塊小小的膠片而把整條電纜換掉,既不划算也不環保,討厭極了!
 
忽然奇想,希望生產超能膠水的廠商可以製做一些「義肢」給這些可憐的斷背插頭。(如果我有資金和技術,可能會把發明申請專利… 想太多!)
 
想起3M,於是便透過他們的網頁,寫了這個建議給他們。
 
 
* 英文叫tab
 
 
相關網頁:
 
建議內文:
The fragile tab of the so-called RJ-45 network plugs (like those used in Ethernet) breaks easily when the network cable is yanked.  Users have to endure frequent physical disconnection after the tab is broken, as the plug can no longer be locked inside the network socket.  Many choose to replace the entire cable, producing a lot of waste unnecessaily.
 
I’m wondering if 3M, using its super glue technologies, can produce a replacement tab to be sticked on the plug to fix it.
 
Thank you very much.
 
Carson
Hong Kong
 
 
後記:我於翌日便收到回覆,原來3M有一個外部點子部門專責處理外間的意見:
 
Dear Carson,

Thank you for your inquiry.  All ideas submitted to 3M must be submitted through the External Idea Department.  It is required that you read the booklet entitled "About Your Idea" and complete the two questionnaires contained therein.  The appropriate personnel will then review your idea and inform you of their decision.

Please reply to this e-mail with your mailing address and we will send you our booklet.

Thank you for your interest in 3M.

Debbie
3M Corporate Customer Contact Center
http://www.3m.com/us/about3m/contact/

 
我欣賞的,是回覆的速度,以及懂得聆聽的企業文化。
 

4 comments

  1. 我還沒有收到問卷,他們說需時十天,不明白為何不可以在網上申請,我想要簽一下協意書。
     


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