Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 7th Jul 2010 16:58 UTC
Editorial Last month, I described how the computer industry encourages planned obsolescence in order to sell more product. This business model exacerbates the problem of computer disposal because it artificially shortens computer lifespans. This increases production and, ultimately, the numbers requiring disposal. One result is that e-waste -- electronics waste -- is one now one of our most pressing environmental challenges. Updated
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RE: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by foldingstock on Wed 7th Jul 2010 19:10 UTC in reply to "Comment by mtzmtulivu"
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There are a lot of people in the world who are in need of computers. Why isnt there an effort to match people who no longer need their perfectly working computers because they are upgrading to those who are in need of one?

Two reasons: a lack of knowledge(1) and proprietary software(2)

1) Most people know very little about their computer and don't realize that a spyware ridden computer can work perfectly fine after wiping the spyware and/or reinstalling the OS. People that don't know this assume their computer is "old and useless" and would prefer to chunk it instead of donating it to someone.

2) With proprietary software licenses, you do not actually own the software on your computer. Instead, you own a license that allows you to use the software. This can create a hairy situation when you shift ownership to someone else who was not originally licensed to use the software. This may or may not be a problem, but it will be if the new owner ever needs to reinstall and reactivate the proprietary software originally installed on the computer.

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