I find it quite sad that we’ll never see someone using a vintage computer as that old school gentlemen that comes to work on his quaint 1970s bicycle?
Ok, those were poorly turned analogy, sentence and thought! Let me explain!
There will never be folks using vintage computers seriously and that’s sad! Ah! That’s better!
We all know at least one person that has kept a more or less vivacious fondness for old stuff of one type or another, right? Some cuties at the University where your kids go likely dress in bygone fashion with clothes from the 60s or even older. As I pointed out, it’s possible that you have a colleague who choses to ride to work on an out-dated bike or still wears a bowler. There are fans of vinyl records yet despite MP3s. Some people voluntarily live in old houses and I’ve even heard a rumor though far fetched that there are places which you can visit for a fee filled with old stuff called museums?
Cool, now I am sure you caught my gist! Well, this will not happen with computers! That strange fact was made painfully evident earlier today as I began browsing the Apple site. There is a new Mac Pro coming out in mid-November. Ideally, I should get that black beauty. The question is why!
I am perfectly happy with the machine that I use now which is found at left. The programmers are not though and in order to keep using the Internet in its full glory, I have to ditch that aluminum framed pre-Intel Mac Pro. That bugs me a little. Since I do not edit HD Videos on a regular basis, nor launch rockets for NASA, ESA or any other space agency and since I am not a professional hacker, I do not need the more powerful chips found in the new machine at right.
Still, Adobe’s FlashPlayer for one and a few more applications of worth are not retro-programmed to allow a non-Intel Mac to use them. And thus, to please the lazy ultra-fashion programming crowd, I will likely have to stop using a perfectly serviceable machine!
What’s even worse is that it’s not the first time this happened either! Being a long time Macintosh user, likely makes me more sensitive to this. I have had small crushes on most of my computers.
This one :
This one :
This one :
And this one :
OK, maybe the 512k of RAM of the beige initial box, even boosted as it was to 2.5 glorious MEGs would not suffice to check Miley lick sledgehammers in HD although it had a black & white screen as her video mostly did? But the white IMac all-in-one came with the same G5 processor that still hum ( no s as there are more than one ) in the MacPro so why not?
The simple answer is that a computer is a machine, not a tool! The programs that run on it are tools. It makes a big difference. You can have an old tool and still use it, fine. Not so for a machine which could be compared to a bed. You changed beds many times from the crib to your adult one because you grew in size! A spanner wrench can tighten the same size bolts equally well on a Ford Model T and a brand new Mercedes. The Ford T though cannot go on a highway, as in most countries, it would not reach the 90 km per hour minimum speed limit and thus be dangerous to the normal users as it creeps along as a snail?
I understand this but it has me wondering about two small details. First, since I made a Post on the missed Globalization yesterday, I cannot help but factor in the poor? If you’re poor in Europe and America, chances are that you will still at some time acquire a computer even if used? Now, if the pace of evolution of these marvels is such that new programs require you to ditch it in favor of a new one every 5 years, the picture changes. And I am serious in using the 5 years span here as I did once get a used computer for myself that was 3 years old ( the white IMac up there ). A year later, intent on using a bigger second external screen to get more visual real estate, I went to the local Apple Store that did not carry the required connector anymore since the format of these had changed on the latest Macs. Which allowed the moronic kid behind the counter to tell me that it was what one gets for wanting to run archaic contraptions! Not even vintage, mind you but squarely archaic! Geez! Someone should explain to that poor kid that the Pont du Gard, a Roman era bridge over the Gard river in southern France, is still not only standing but functional?
Or said other wise, not only if I was his parents, I’d be very worried of how well he will possibly take care of them in their old age but actually, even if I was his son …
[ - Darling, I’ll jot down to the Mall and get a new kid! -What,? Why? - Well, we’ve had it for 6 years already, it’s passed its due date and soooo out of fashion? * Shudders! * ]
A poor person may manage to get the money for a computer; they likely cannot get those thousand bucks every other year though? That is worrisome!
Similarly, the poor countries of the Second and even more so Third Worlds will never catch up under those circumstances. Heck, at that rhythm, by the time Yemen or the CAR have built a network to run even free machines provided by international aid, they need not be taken out of the box nor the warehouse, it’s too late?
And second, how much economic sense does it make? If computers are throw away items, I expect them to come at a price between that of a sandwich and a pair of shoes or at worst dress jacket, say 5 to 200-250 quids? More than that and I get a nagging feeling that I am getting swindled? At that price of course, we know they’ll be made in an Asian sweatshop slavery factory, sure … but hey, that’s already the flocking case?
There’s a point beyond which it’s not planned obsolescence anymore but suicide?
I happen to have known an excellent computer analyst that once hooked this tiny contraption
to a mainframe IBM by way of a tape recorder and analog phone lines?
I’m almost glad for him that having left us, he will not have to endure a manicured 22 year-old taking a look at its phone which does not load the new 900G network and be told :
-But sir, that’s last month’s model???
I’ll change my computer again … but no matter how out of fashion they may be though, be warned, I’ll hang on to my mom, gal, son and bike, even if the programmers say otherwise and no matter how archaic they may seem?
And next time Egypt is calm and I visit, I’ll still be awed by the Pyramids from which as Napoleon said to his soldiers, 40 centuries are looking down on you?
Time out, Tay.