Thursday, February 21, 2008

I'm sick of the disposability of things. There's the waste problem, the keeping-up-with-the-Joneses problem, and the fact that stuff is going to break down.

Why must every previous device be made obsolete with every new development? Why can't we value machines over lifetimes-- multiple generations-- as opposed to a few years or until the next one comes out?

I want to see a "chassis" approach to electronics-- replacing or repairing only components or subsystems to get new functionality.

The iPod Deb gave me is a good example of this-- worthless to her, a solid chassis with a bum battery and probably hard drive too. With a 8 or 16GB CF chip, a new battery, and bluetooth, it could keep going for decades.

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