planned obsolescence

29 Dec

london virgin lounge 1.20pm 10.3C rain friday 2017

i am downstairs in the lounge, so cannot tell if it is raining outside or not, but the weather website says it is, and i dare say it is. it has been raining earlier. but not cold, or rather i dont feel it. but in the screen here, showing the news, features snow up north and traffic disruption. quite normal really. 

the news on the big screen here in the lounge is now  featuring the apple news, that it slows down the device when the battery is old and dying making people think their device is so slow and that they should buy a new one. it is a bit like planned obsolescence.

i think this news about batteries getting too old and losing their power happens in all battery operated devices, except in my old nokia mobile phone, if the battery dies, it just shuts down and the battery indicator shows empty. but it seems to be different in computers. though why we should think it operates differently in computers is illogical. of course things slow down when the battery is close to empty. 

and i wonder if that might not explain why my microsoft laptop gets slower with age. i thought it was a virus slowing it down… but i think it is just the machine compensating for the old battery that does not charge up well or keep its charge when it gets old. 

but it means for a whole generation of us, we never thought of replacing the battery but go out and buy a new laptop. no wonder we feel these laptops last about 5yrs or so, and think that is normal.

even now, my friends report that their mobile phones seem to go off when they are about 3 yrs old. and recently my friend who had a smart tv said his one conked off. and it was 5yrs old. he bought a new one to replace it. smart tvs dont have batteries, so i dont see why it should go conk. so it looks like they have another mechanism to make them go off and give people an excuse to buy another one. i daresay plenty of people want that, as they get bored with their old devices. 


3 Responses to “planned obsolescence”

  1. juliehcares Friday December 29, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

    Things just aren’t made like they used to be OR people just want to spend money.

    • alifesgayventure Friday December 29, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

      i think it is both. no body i know likes to keep things and use things for a long time.

  2. Garfield Hug Saturday December 30, 2017 at 4:40 am #

    I agree with Julieh..things are not made to last and to keep the business going, a shorter life span. Airconditioners too that used to last konks in 3 to 5 years.

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