[OT] Tatty, old computers.

stephen barncard stephenREVOLUTION2 at barncard.com
Tue Apr 21 15:13:52 EDT 2009

I guess the EU has lobbyists too. How nice for the manufacturers.

Stephen Barncard
San Francisco

2009/4/21 François Chaplais <francois.chaplais at mines-paristech.fr>

> Le 21 avr. 09 à 18:32, Richmond Mathewson a écrit :
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> .....
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>> I am bemused by all the commercial hype to endlessly upgrade; most PCs
>> currently on the market
>> can do a lot more than the average consumer will ever require.
>> I run a G4 Mac (Mirror Door 2003, Dual Proc.), a PPC Mac Mini, a G3 iMac,
>> and a "Bits-and-Bobs-flung-together-from-
>> the-discard-pile" Pentium 4: between them they satisfy all my computing
>> needs.
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>> My ability to get old computers working is strictly restricted to bunging
>> an install disk into the CD drive!
>> If the computing world would sit back and think a bit, instead of
>> continually spending money on ever more
>> spiffy computers, and filling up landfills like nobody's business; they
>> might see the virtues of hanging on to
>> older hardware and "milking it" as long as possible: this is, ultimately
>> far more 'green' than buying
>> Steve Jobs' "latest thang", which, supposedly, is so 'eco' that it gives
>> free massages to members of greenpeace :)
> A few years ago I went to my favorite Apple reseller to repair my wife's
> iBook. The technician told me it was not possible anymore; more precisely,
> the older French law forced manufacturers to supply spare parts for ten
> years, whereas, in a later application of a E.U. "regulation", only five
> years of spare parts supply were required now; which means that, you
> actually cannot spare parts after five years.
> Which also means that, if a company does not have a brand policy,
> everything will be designed to break apart after 5 years.
> Recently tested with a washing machine.
> Best regards,
>        François
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