Forget auto-exposure, or even light meters. Back in the day this booklet and some mental arithmetic was all that was required to achieve the perfect exposure when taking photographs.
Okay Nikon, so you don't include a dead tree user manual with new cameras anymore. That's fine; they just sit at the bottom of a drawer until we eventually throw them out. But to also DRM against printing it out? What the hell.
Without ruining any plots ("ohmygod, the time machine WORKS!" I hear you cry), these imaginary Ikea manuals for some of the best sci-fi movies about are absolutely hilaridonkus. Who knew that's how the tardis—sorry, tjardiis—works?
A leaked series of documents, purportedly some kind of instructions for the users of the upcoming Motorola Xoom—which I will call a user's guide—is entirely unremarkable save for the information it doesn't contain.
Do you ever fake cellphone calls? I sure do! And apparently so do the people at Samsung. Their product manual explains how to conjure up a fake call "when you want to get out of meetings or unwanted conversations."
Now here's a clever way to guide new customers through their purchase. Kind of like a children's book, the new phone slots into the cut-out hole in a book, with the instructions illustrating just which buttons to press.
So, you read Brian Shul's description of the thrill to fly the SR-71 Blackbird in a real mission over Lybia, and now you want to try it yourself. Well, no problem! First, you need its top secret flying manual.
Bought all your equipment secondhand from craigslist, or just frequently misplace manuals? Lifehacker has found a site that stores a bunch of manual PDFs for anything from antenna distributors to microwave ovens. Great for us impatient types that rip apart the packaging in a new toy and end up throwing out the manual…