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: Problem will solve itself
by license_2_blather on Thu 8th Jul 2010 02:46 UTC in reply to "Problem will solve itself"
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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Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

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.

I would actually recommend not getting a Toshiba Satellite. Many of the models have huge issues with cooling. I can't even run my laptop for more than an hour without overheating (especially in this 30 C weather...). Other than that though, they are very nice laptops, though a bit expensive.

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