Technology: The new age jip

We’re becoming a throw-away society.

It used to be that things were built to last, proudly so in fact, in an effort to win over public sentiment and build sales on the shoulders of such phrases as durable, tough, long-lasting and indestructible.  And there was usually always someone there to repair, advise or generally instruct consumers in the continued use of those products.

But now we’re becoming a throw-away society and there are those out there lining up ready, willing and eager for us to do so.

We’ve since traded those now apparently lofty ideals and goods for ones that embody the opposite sentiment; use me for a while, then pay my creator and buy another.

Today, support for Windows XP ends after only a 13 year run.  Maybe it’s me but I’m of a mind that as long as somebody makes a product and that product is still in operation then support for that product should still be available.  And if there is to be some cost involved, it should be at a minimal cost to the consumer.  He did, after all, purchase the merchandise in the first place and has some justifiable expectations that the manufacturer be around to instruct when there is an issue.

Technological advances along with discontinuation of support services in the wake of design improvements and obsolescence of past models is one thing.  I see that.  But XP is still in use by over a quarter of a million people and businesses, many of whom have yet to make the migratory change.  And in spite of the many glitches and black hat attacks, the OS works fairly well as old as it is.  What would it have hurt to continue support for it?  Moreover, who would it have hurt and how?  My answer, it hurts Microsoft’s pocketbook.

If you’re wondering, I’m going to make the change here soon but I don’t like being forced and scared into doing so.  Besides which, how hard is it to make software that’s above infiltration anyway?  Or is that just not in the business plan?  Right now, it’s 12-13 years but soon it might be only 5 before a change is called for.  Then, it’ll drop to 3 and then 2 and then, you get the idea.

Technology, for all it’s given us, hasn’t made the products we use any better from a standpoint that we don’t have to buy as many of them.  For all its benefit, technology appears to have a short shelf life, in the scheme of things.  It seems that now we’re buying more than we ever did and doing so sooner than we ever had.


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