Yankee Thrift Foiled by Bill Gates

My desktop computer is an older model that I’m perfectly happy with but it’s running Windows 7 for which Microsoft, in January, will no longer support with security updates. Having antivirus software won’t be enough to protect my machine/hard drive. Because my perfectly good machine isn’t built for updating to a later version, I need a new computer which I ordered online today for $500 (the lower end of the spectrum).

It doesn’t seem right that millions of people running older machines will not only have to spend money on a new computer, but now our landfills will be packed with the older obsolete models. Not everyone can afford to upgrade, either.

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” simply can never become truly obsolete, except when it comes to digital technology.

Am I right?!


10 thoughts on “Yankee Thrift Foiled by Bill Gates

    1. This was in the news a few days ago:

      “Today, as part of Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program, we are announcing that we will provide free security updates for federally certified voting systems running Windows 7 through the 2020 elections, even after Microsoft ends Windows 7 support.”

      I imagine that many other key systems are still running Windows 7. It’s scary how reliant we are upon a for-proft corporation.

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  1. Our windows 10 computer hardrive is destroying every monitor we put with it. Rolling power surges in Mississippi and Louisiana probably didn’t help. It’s crashes from viruses, but I don’t keep anything permanent on it so it’s not a big deal, but my daughter wants to totally home school on the computer this year so we’re going to finally upgrade. I’m not looking forward to stashing a perfectly serviceable computer, but I am excited to see what she’ll pick out. She’s been working to save half the price for a new computer for about a year now.
    On the bright side of our garbage disposal problem I read a story in the Bible that the Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Solomon was so rich they had no use for silver so they threw it away, and even the servants were well dressed. We’re like that now. Computers are made with precious metals to run the circuitry. We literally throw away silver when we get rid of our phones and computers. It’s a wild thought that it took 5,000 years for society to get to that level again. ☺️

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  2. You are absolutely right! The planned obsolescence of technology, appliances, etc. is a major problem. Not only from the physical parts themselves, but the chemicals that leak out as they sit there in landfills. My partner has a second part-time job at Best Buy, and these companies make their money on the extended warranties because the products are no longer guaranteed to last. The warranties are actually where the employee discount has been a God-send. We have had to exchange products over and over because of quality issues. You really can’t exchange faulty merchandise anymore without a warranty. Believe me – there are ample horror stories. A friend spent $1200 on a Samsung television that had issues very soon after. They were denied an exchange because they didn’t have the extended warranty. Companies don’t even pretend to guarantee their products. It’s corrupt.

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    1. This scares me! My computer *just* arrived minutes ago. I did get it from Best Buy but didn’t get the extended warranty because of the added cost. That’s so great that you get a discount on that!

      Related to this, my Orville Redenbacher air popcorn popper had to be tossed today because the plug became super hot (so electric issue, scary, and it’s not my outlet). The thing was junk to begin with (no on/off switch, just a plug). This is the second popper I had die or become dangerous, same brand in the span of five years tops and I used it maybe on average once a month. This time I’m not buying another. I will pop it old school in my cast iron dutch oven!

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