• Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, The Story of Electronics introduces you to the design strategy that has us dumping our electronics every 18 months and rushing out to buy new ones: It’s called Designed for the Dump, and it’s a major problem for our planet and our wallets.

This is the story where we challenge CEOs and the electronics industry to take back their products once we’re done with them, offering a real solution to the growing problem of toxic e-waste.

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4 Responses

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    Bob Davis 

    That cartoon takes me back to 1962, when I worked at a plant that made training units for the US military services. One system was designed to work with an AN/UYK computer, the first computer small enought to fit through the main hatch of a submarine. While shopping at a store that carried imports from the Far East, I bought a “soroban” or abacus. Never did learn how to operate it, but one day I took it to work and placed it on top of the AN/UYK computer with a sign reading: IN CASE OF TROUBLE/TRY THIS.

  2. Very funny Bob!
    Often we buy machines, not for a job to do, just because we just enjoy buying them and having them as status symbols.

    Most laptops today are the ultimate overkill machine designed just to run a MS operating system which is largely unesessary since Linux will run a computer with 1/10 of the computing resources.

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    Bob Davis 

    I’ve heard of Linux for years but don’t know that much about it. It appears (to me at least) as something for the hard-core computer wizards, and not for us old coots who just want to “boot up” and go. In model railroading we have the “ready to run” types who buy their rolling stock in a box and the “scratchbuilders” who construct cars from basic materials. I’m one of those who uses the computer as a tool, not a hobby. And of course most (non-Apple) computers come with MS Windows installed already, so most folks are of the “if it works, don’t mess with it” mentality. Even if it’s inefficient, it’s familiar.
    And I could talk about “tools” vs. “status symbols” (but we’ll leave that for later)

  4. Ha, yes. Old Coots. I’m getting up there in years, too.

    Try the Ubuntu version of Linux. It’s designed for Old Coots and newbies who want to try Linux.

    When you install Ubuntu, you can keep the MS installation alive. Every time your computer boots, it will ask you what you want to boot up: Ubuntu or Windows.

    There is a lot of support out there (not me!) if you want to try it out. Start here:

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