The notion of “Obsolescence” is obsolete:

I’ve never bought into the notion of “obsolescence” (“planned”, or otherwise).

several reasons:

  1. The basic principles upon which electrical/electronic circuits are based have not changed in any substantive fashion.  Nor WILL they change, if the (so-called) “laws of physics” are even remotely close to “universal”.

The *only* substantive change with regard to electrical/electronic devices is miniatiruzation — the ability to build more complex circuitry in a smaller “package”, using smaller components.  (Tubes/transistors/chips).

So, there’s the first problem with the notion of “obsolescence”: in many (most?) cases, the “new” generation of any given device/class of devices will MERELY — neccesarily — recapitulate the existing functioanlity of the CURRENT version.  

Crude (but accurate) example: a next-gen “media player” which ships from the factory with exactly one added codec (for a format that the vast majority of its user-base probably don’t even know about.)

You can blame this shit on “Moore’s law” all you want, but that’s simply idiotic.

There is literally nothing “obsolete” about the vast majority of what (stupidly) gets tossed aside as “E-waste’.

The reality is: “Obsolescence” is nothing more, less or other than a mere “marketing” gimmick.

Any reputable design should either be:

“modular” (in the sense that the existing device is capable of being upgraded (for example: I can add a larger hard drive to my desktop machine, here)

Capable of interfacing with other devices as needed (for example: the fact that I can  use an external, USB-powered hard drive/CD/DVD/Blu-ray/Thumb drive etc. with this desktop machine

IF the device is designed poorly (IE: neither modular, NOR capable of interfacing with other devices), it should at least include MORE than “enough” functionality such that upgrades/swap-out for the “next generation” will be unneccesary, and/or viewed as a frivolous expense, during the expected life-time of the device itself.

In other words: this “obsolete the millisecond you bought it” bullshit is nothing more than a particularly shitty “marketing” ploy, which relies on the ignorance and gullibility of the potential “customers”.

(Don’t get me wrong:  I have no problem whatsoever, scavenging perfectly functional/repairable devices — either free, or at ridiculously low prices — because some stupid sub-animal was tricked into an utterly unneccesary/frivolous “upgrade”.  I have no problem benefitting from the idiocy/gullbiilty of others.

The word “obsolete” (as applied to electronic devices) is exactly equivalent to the marketing gimmick whereby they train their customers/victims to believe that $39.99 represents a substantive “savings” relative to $40.00 — ESPECIALLY in situaitons where “sales tax” is included.

Quite frankly, the only thing which is REALLY “obsolete” is: the ignorance and gullibility which allows “marketing” to continue to be a “profession” — instead of a crime against humankind.)

 

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