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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Problem will solve itself
by nt_jerkface on Wed 7th Jul 2010 22:53 UTC
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

The move to laptops will severely cut down on waste, especially with the demise of CRT monitors.

Reliability improves every year which will reduce waste even further.

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license_2_blather Member since:
2006-02-05

Reliability improves every year which will reduce waste even further.


With desktops, maybe. But I've never retired a desktop because it was broken, and some I had longer then 10 years.

With laptops, no. The poor cooling seems to just kill them, as with all electronics. I haven't seen that situation improve, at least with the fairly-powerful laptops I've bought.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26


With laptops, no. The poor cooling seems to just kill them, as with all electronics. I haven't seen that situation improve, at least with the fairly-powerful laptops I've bought.


Laptops run cooler and have hard drives that are much more reliable than ones from 10 years ago. Not as reliable as desktops but they have gotten better.

As for your situation I would suggest buying a Toshiba Satellite. I spilled an entire 12oz latte on the keyboard of one and it kept ticking.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Not really, laptops cannot be stripped for parts and used in a new computer(other than RAM and HD). Components from desktops can be used for years, moved from box to box. Monitors, keyboards, mice, NICs, video cards, hard drives, ram are all parts that can be re purposed. Laptops, you have to upgrade the whole widgit.

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RE[2]: Problem will solve itself
by helf on Thu 8th Jul 2010 13:34 in reply to "RE: Problem will solve itself"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

That's for sure. I still use a dual Pentium III Tualatin box (1.4ghz) all the time. The case is one from a P2 I had had years earlier, some of the memory is from the P2, video card is from the p2, some of the HDDs are from the p2, ditto for the soundcard. I've also slapped some new parts in it. PCs are far mroe "eco friendly" than laptops imo :p

I plan on using this p3 box for many many more years.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Not really, laptops cannot be stripped for parts and used in a new computer(other than RAM and HD). Components from desktops can be used for years, moved from box to box. Monitors, keyboards, mice, NICs, video cards, hard drives, ram are all parts that can be re purposed.

Most desktops are dumped entirely for a new one. It's only the geeks that keep switching parts out.

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