On Tue, Nov 01, 2011 at 01:04:52PM +0100, Didier Derny wrote: >At that time the computer had some "genius", there was always something >new. It was a pleasure to use them, and program them, they had their >own soul > >It's not the case of the stupid PCs >What's the use of a PC ? install a compiler to write a emulation for a >commodore :) This commoditization started from personal computers in the 1990s, and now it is arriving to mobile phones. It is not necessarily a bad thing. The bad thing is the throw-away mentality. Nobody is expected to use an electronic gadget for more than a couple of years. This "planned obsolescence" really sucks. I refuse to pay for a mobile phone until someone makes a durable model where I can install whatever operating system version I please. I got my current 9-year-old handset for free a few years ago when the previous owner upgraded. With Linux, you can easily achieve 5 or even 10 years of useful service life from a commodity PC. My living room PC is ugly but works, running Debian Linux and VDR (DVB-T set-top-box software) on 128MB of RAM and 400GB hard disk. I bought it second-hand in 2003. I think that it is from 2001. I only have replaced faulty capacitors on the motherboard, installed a DVB-T tuner card and upgraded the hard disk a few times. If the hardware fails, I might consider replacing it with a cheap proprietary set-top-box that has a USB connector for storage. But it will be a hard choice. Marko Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2011-11-01 14:00:21
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