Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Mar 2017 23:42 UTC
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Now refrigerators last 8-10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades? I've bought and sold refrigerators and freezers from the 1950s that still work perfectly fine. I've come across washers and dryers from the 1960s and 1970s that were still working like the day they were made. Now, many appliances break and need servicing within 2-3 years and, overall, new appliances last 1/3 to 1/4 as long as appliances built decades ago. They break more frequently, and sooner, than ever before. They rust and deteriorate much quicker than in the past. Why is this happening, and what's really going on? I've been wrestling over these questions for years while selling thousands of appliances, and more recently, working with used appliance sellers and repair techs all across the country. The following is what I've discovered.

This is something we've all instinctively known, but Ryan Finlay goes into detail as to what, exactly, are the causes. The article's from 2015, but I stumbled on it today on Twitter, and I thought it was a great, informative read.

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RE: and for computers
by zzarko on Tue 21st Mar 2017 18:35 UTC in reply to "and for computers"
zzarko
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2011-01-09

A non-profit I am involved with has in its possession around 200 home computers form 80's (Sinclair, Atari, Commodore, Amstrad and the like, not PCs) and most of them work just fine. Yes, there have been repairs, capacitors and RAM chips mostly, but they just work, something I can't say for my home PC which has a component failure about every 6-8 months (and I'm not buying cheap ones). My C64 bought in 1986, that has seen countless work/game hours (often turned on for days when I was doing programming on it), is still in top working condition.

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RE[2]: and for computers
by IndigoJo on Tue 21st Mar 2017 21:08 in reply to "RE: and for computers"
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2005-07-06

We had two Spectrums in the 1980s, a rubber-key 48K and a 48K Spectrum+. I think we stopped using the + when we got our PC1640 in 1989 or so, but the first one lasted only four years or so before it had to be replaced; it would crash constantly, on one occasion just because a tape rewind hit the end. Were we just unlucky, or were C64's that much better built?

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RE[2]: and for computers
by feamatar on Fri 24th Mar 2017 10:36 in reply to "RE: and for computers"
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2014-02-25

Your mileage may vary, but If you have a component failure every 6-8 months, I would look for a surge protector, or I would really change my PSU.

Edited 2017-03-24 10:36 UTC

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