I have a new washing machine! Hopefully this one will be less problematic than the last few.

A brief inspection reveals it comes from the “fancy pants” school of washing machine design.

On top we see the rather complicated instruction manual which complements the confusing array of dials and buttons on the front panel. Luckily most of the buttons seem to serve no purpose other than to make the display flash a red “ERR” message angrily. As a professional software engineer I’m slightly alarmed by the sophistication of this device – surely the electronics are even more likely to be buggy than the mechanics?

I’m giving it a test run on my running stuff which was rather in need of a wash. Let’s hope it goes OK…