What a Waste
In the past seven years we have been through: six new desktop Macs, three laptops, two scanners, four printers, eight operating system upgrades, twenty hard disks, and seven cell phones. All of which, when shared between two of us, is at least fifteen grand each.
Then there are the six iPods (only two of which are mine), six monitors (CRT and LCD), a menagerie of mice, three routers, one switching hub, six TV capture devices, and four colour TVs. Plus upgrades to various pieces of software such as Creative Suite (which always hurts the most), QuarkXPress, and FileMaker Pro. In addition, there have been quite a few FTP clients and servers, as they gain our favour over the previous favourite. If only Fetch, the grand-daddy of them all, would handle WebDAV, we would stick with it. We still keep buying the updates in hope.
This profligacy is not something we are proud of, but at least we have recycled as much as possible by selling or giving kit away—the computers themselves being most easily sold. Macs at three or four years old may be obsolete compared with the latest computers, but they are still capable machines with a high resale value. We have a drawer full of old cell phones, along with SCSI leads, terminators, FireWire 400 cables, wireless routers, and a pretty decent Canon SLR 35mm camera complete with film. But it is completely the opposite for inkjet printers.
The dustmen have collected one Canon and two Epson A3 inkjet printers from the front of our studio. The only problem with them has been blocked print heads, which are more expensive to repair than buying a new printer. With our latest printer, we have vowed to use manufacturer’s OEM cartridges to see if it makes any difference.
It also shames us to think that in the same period we have been through twelve garden shredders. They always seem to last about a year, and we return them just before their guarantee expires. On the other hand, we have only had three vehicles, two Hondas and a beaten-up, sixteen-year-old Toyota pick-up, which I still shed a tear over selling.
Cars are supposed to be the most complicated consumer products and the easiest to use. In our experience they are the most long-lasting, too.
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