100 Words on Obsolescence

With the news that Apple no longer supports upgrades on the iPhone 5, we are reminded of forced obsolescence.  At one time, you could use a product as long as it worked, often decades of faithful service.  Appliances that lasted 20 years with maintenance are replaced by models that rarely last beyond 5.   Limited warranties cover a year or so; expensive extended plans cover even less.  We are forced to update costly electronics every few years when vendors discontinue support. The fear of vulnerable, unsupported operating systems drives the market.  At least we can recycle them; just do so securely.

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