:: Wednesday, December 07, 2005
THROW IT ALL AWAY
spoz buys new fangled device
within 6 months: device is obselete
within a few days shy (or over) the 1 year warranty: device falls apart
if under warranty: warranty voids due to trivial "normal usage" circumstance
if over warranty: your looking at a useless piece of crap that costs more to fix than it's worth
dispose, dump, trash
spoz curses and swears
spoz buys newer more fangled device
(loop ad infinitum)
they really don't make things like they used to, do they?
yup, y'know the cliche - back in the golden oldies, like, fuck.. I dunno.. back in the 40's, 50's or 60's or wot'ever.. they made everything like a fucken stainless steel tank, all polished to a chrome finish with fuckoff aerodynamic wing fins and bubble domes, lava lamp tubes, wood finish, chunky transitors and large knobs, buttons and blinking retarded valves and lights.. back then stuff would be made to last.. 10, 15, 20, maybe even 30 years.. made like mechanical cockroaches they were designed to withstand the blast of a nuclear bomb, launched into space, or sent into the Vietnamese jungle and still keep on rocking.. and the only tool you needed to fix it wuz a screwdriver and a sledgehammer.. aaah YES.. those were the days.. the sorta gizmo's and appliances that'd actually outlive you.. it could gather dust in the garage for decades.. and with only a spit n polish it'd be good as new.. fuck..
all thru your childhood ya parents would bitch about all them "lousy pieces of crap" they would buy in the 70's and 80's.. all tacky black plastic, fibreglass and aluminium, stuff that'd only last like 5 to 10 years before they shuffled off the mortal electrical coil.. back in the day you thought "WOW? 5 to 10 years? that's a freaking lifetime!"
yeah.. now ya lucky to find a plastic piece 'o crap that lasts beyond a year.. made in TAIWAN? you wish.. you'd be lucky if it was made in AFGHANISTAN and hobbled together by a sweatshop full of kids buzzing with flies wielding soldering irons dodging landmines on the way to their 30 hour / 40 cents a day workshifts..
and dammit it makes me feel so freaking old to outlive all these appliancies.. flushing them like goldfish.. "alas poor Yoricksson Z1010 I knew you well".. all those wasted moments customising them, buying ringtones, games, building a collection of media only to have them crap out in a blink of an eye.. filling landfills up to the sky.. future generations could drill into all this rubbish and like rings on a tree, or ice cores in the Arctic / Antarctic you could determine the exact year by depth..
"if you look here at this thin cross-section sandwich.. you'll see we've just hit the SONY PSP / IPOD NANO layer.. look at all those scratched screens and faulty wirings.. aaah yes, 2005.. that was a GOOD year!"..
yeah.. they used to make them shit last.. now before you even replace the batteries the damn thing's toast.. and with a technology turn over faster than an Australian Idol winner's career lifespan who's gonna give a fuck? people are gonna laugh at you if you're still seen in public with the 2004 model anywaze.. soon.. we'll just buy according to the month.. fuckit.. why don't we just make all our gadgets out've banana skins.. as soon as they turn black or grow a layer of fungus it's time to ditch them.. lets put useby dates on them.. "best before thursday".. lets just buy 'em in sixpacks or cartons.. set fire to them like firecrackers.. who cares about the environment! who cares about any long term plans! by tomorrow I could be hit by a bus! but, with luck.. it'll fall apart before it even reaches me! why? coz everything's disposable! YEEEEHA!
and sure, it's all well n good if you have the kinda disposable income (ha!) to support this demented drug habit.. likely you're already buying ipods just to colour match yer outfit anywaze.. gizmo's as fashion accessories.. "this messenger will self destruct in 5 minutes".. arrr fuckoff.. but for freaks like me.. who cherish every tiny gizmo that comes into their lives.. throwing shit around with such casual disregard really gets me goat up.. I can't afford to keep doing this shit.. like WTF maaan? how hard is it to make something last at LEAST 2-3 years under NORMAL working conditions? is that TOO HARD!? but no.. we keep pumping all this money on yearly intervals to service this ridiculous habit.. grrrr..
I bought a SONY ERICSSON Z1010 mobile phone less than a year ago..
it breaks down one month shy of it's warranty..
I send it off to get fixed..
it's VOIDED it's warranty..
(should I keep it in mint condition in it's original packaging like a fucking star wars figurine in a glass case? of COURSE it's gonna have a few dings and scratches.. of course it'll get some water damage.. ya FUCK! grrrrrr! isn't it tested against trivial shit like this!? it's not like I took it surfing in the dead sea or chucked it in a rock tumbler or anything..)
yeah.. so now I gotta buy me a NEW phone..
spend a few hundred on a phone that wont last me a year..
stupid plastic piece of crap..
they really don't make things like they used to.. do they?
:: Spoz 12:18 AM |