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  •  Yep. It's not "planned obsolescence." (5+ / 0-)

    It's just plain obsolescence.

    If my ten-year-old Honda still runs, I can drive it on the same roads as the guy driving the right-off-the-lot Prius. If I keep it working, I lose no functionality at all; if it's well-made, it'll run for decades.

    My computer from ten years ago had a 17-inch 800x600 CRT monitor, a 1.2Ghz processor, a 10GB hard drive, and 256MB of RAM. Could it still function today? Sure, I suppose. But it wouldn't run half of what's on the internet without bugging out.

    To go back to the car metaphor, my computer from ten years ago is the equivalent of a 70-year-old beater that can't get above 40mph. In other words, unlike a ten-year-old Honda, it can't drive on the same roads as the Prius.

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    by mistersite on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 06:18:54 PM PST

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    •  Yeah (4+ / 0-)
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      And that's where the car comparison breaks down.  I like how you put it.

      Another difference (in my mind) is that the car is mostly a mechanical beast and manufacturers can build parts that wear out fast, or they can spend a bit more and make higher quality parts.

      In my view, the low quality parts, that wear out mechanically is how they did the planned obsolesence in cars (and probably other products too).

      But for electronics, they don't wear out that way.  It isn't often that the HW breaks down in a computer.  Instead, it becomes outdated because it isn't powerful enough.

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      by yet another liberal on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 06:23:52 PM PST

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    •  that's a great metaphor (4+ / 0-)

      it's so true, a lot of the energy and waste surrounding cars is in its manufacturing. It's something hardly anyone ever talks about. So yes, if your old Honda is still running it's best to just keep driving it rather than getting a Prius. And besides, the gas mileage on that Honda may not be much worse than the Prius anyway.

      But you're right, it's a different story with computers, we are literally forced of the road. I was pretty happy to get some more RAM recently for my old imac and it really got it kickstarted again. But it's not that old, 6 years maybe. In another few years no matter what I do will help keeping it up to snuff.

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      by citisven on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 06:24:34 PM PST

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