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modern tech - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
modern tech
Having a conversation with redd_foxx about her struggles with computers reminded me of lproven's rant the other day about modern day operating systems, which one could extend to modern gadgetry in general. Devices do more things but would seem to be made much more cheaply, break more often and more terminally.

A few years ago I bought a DBA (sp?) radio, something called 'Pure' from John Lewis. Only four or five years on the thing switches itself off or fails to switch on or loses all the tuning at random times. The £8 radio I bought in 1993 or so from Dixon's is still alive and well and doing good service as kitchen radio, so in 'the room' (what do you call 'the room' in a studio flat?) I listen to radio on the TV set (which feels somehow wrong) or on the iPad (which does work ok). OTOH, the enormous wood and cloth fronted radio with two enormous round dials and half a dozen buttons that my granddad bought in the '40s was still working just fine by the time he died in '82...

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djpsyche From: djpsyche Date: April 10th, 2014 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)
It is true, everything manufactured today is disposable. Phone handsets rarely outlast the length of their contracts, and cars are falling apart by the time you pay off the loan...
lproven From: lproven Date: April 10th, 2014 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup. I understand the business benefits of planned obsolescence, but it's getting ridiculous now, when things can't last the length of their planned life, and 2-or-3-generation-old cheap plastic tat is outlasting modern plastic tat.

IOW, you can't even get decent cheap plastic tat any more! I mean, FFS!
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: April 10th, 2014 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
It wasn't like that when I were a lad. Bah, humbug :)

(says flavio..)
matrixmann From: matrixmann Date: April 10th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
One always wants to tell me that it is only Eastern that technology keeps intact for a few decades. One knows the agenda, slower economy, more thinking economy etc.
I always keep saying "That's not Eastern, it's no question of a political system; the West worked that way at the same time too." - and I find my proofs. (People just tell the same - no matter on which side of the Iron Curtain they lived.)
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