Just a Note – Our Disposable Society (A Bit Of A Rant) – January 30, 2016

Hello Folks!

I don’t think there has ever been a period in our history where people have been more manipulated then we, the descendants of the “Industrial Revolution”.  Today’s values are drastically changed from those of just thirty years ago. We have been propelled into a disposable world.  The products which we buy are made to wear down far more rapidly than in the past.  Once, a company might have been stigmatized for poor quality products, now it would seem that no one really cares – unless of course they don’t have the money to replace the objects that they need with a new working versions of that objects.

We buy an e-readers, e-pods, digital cameras etc and discover that it has a life of perhaps two to three years.  Basically because the battery dies and there’s no way to replace the battery.  But then, why ever would one want to keep an object for more than three years?  The new versions have so many great “upgrades” And look at the great colours – yada yada.  Of course this is just one example of how the disposable economy works.  Think about that coffee maker you bought a couple of years ago … the ones that used this or that type of capsule, that went out of production, you’ve still got the coffee maker perhaps but you can’t use it.  Think about your great printer, that one with a super low price, didn’t you have to replace the ink cartridges after about a month, and the cartridges cost almost as much as the printer.

Microsoft and the computer companies under its economic umbrella have hit onto the ultimate way to induce consumers to renew their whole configuration of electronic products by simply changing their operating system every two years or so.  XP, fell to Vista, which fell to Seven (and many gave a sigh of relief)) which fell to Eight which is now succumbing to Ten.  Vista came out when? In 2007, not even a decade ago.  Oh and if you have to buy a new computer, you will be obliged to buy it with the new Operating System … and probably will have to replace your older model scanner, printers or what ever peripheries you have and you’ll see why below.

Now for synergy at it’s most sinister.  The software known as drivers for a lot of peripheral objects like printers have to be written or adapted for the new OS … at a certain point, these companies simply make a “new” version of their printer without the older Operating System’s “drivers” being included this means that one can’t use that printer on one’s older system – if you have a new computer you can’t use the old drivers of the peripheries (yes your machine worked but you have to chuck them anyway) – voilà the sales of printers, scanners etc. go up.  As time passes, Microsoft stops updating their older products. (Just as an aside, does anyone remember Microsoft Reader … if you see any old .lit files you might not know what to do with them .. the reader was dropped by Microsoft and no longer updated, those who bought the reader were left hanging – I’m afraid it doesn’t bode well for my favourite mobile phone producer, Nokia).

Of course if the platform as an OS is now formally called had been made without security wholes that wouldn’t be such a big deal. This is not the case, they are vulnerable to security attacks  – and so we need security updates and when there are no security updates our computer can be hacked through the Internet.  After a period of time even browsers like Google Chrome etc. stop writing security software for the older OS :

“Earlier this year, we announced that Google Chrome would continue support for Windows XP through the remainder of 2015.  At that time, we strongly encouraged users on older, unsupported platforms such as Windows XP to update to a supported, secure operating system. Such older platforms are missing critical security updates and have a greater potential to be infected by viruses and malware.

Today, we’re announcing the end of Chrome’s support for Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8, since these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple. Starting April 2016, Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes.

If you are still on one of these unsupported platforms, we encourage you to move to a newer operating system to ensure that you continue to receive the latest Chrome versions and features.

Posted by Marc Pawliger, Director of Engineering and Early Notifier

Once upon a time, there was a wheel.  The wheelwright put all his skill into making his wheels the sturdiest wheels around and he had many loyal customers who stood by his product and brought their friends.  His wheels lasted for ages.  But he wasn’t part of a multi-national occult cartel – his clients wanted a good wheel that worked and was sturdy .. not a gadgety hodgepodgeery wheel that changed how you had to mount it every two years meaning eventually one was obliged to buy a new cart (and maybe even a new horse) in order to use the wheel.  Sure, the guy down the street was right, the new wheels are cheap, you can buy them for a fraction of the price of the wheelwright’s wheels .. but is it really worth it.  Besides, that neighbours back yard is full of broken discarded wheels 😉 .

The majority of consumers today are exactly what the word implies .. people who consume – they’re the ruminants who are needed to make a system based on poor quality and greed work.  We see this everywhere …  starting from fast food poison and going on up the chain.  Never has the saying that “people are sheep” been truer than in this age of ever-present propaganda inducing people to put their critical sense on hold as they run blindly towards the latest novelty convinced they are living in opulence.

 

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27 thoughts on “Just a Note – Our Disposable Society (A Bit Of A Rant) – January 30, 2016

  1. I am going through what you describe right now, I have a Vista and Chrome nor Windows support it. So, on a limited budget, we have to take out a loan to buy a new one. It is very frustrating because my computer still works but no browsers will support which means no security or compatibility. Sorry to add my rant to yours. Just needed it apparently.

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    • Carol .. there is no need for you to run to the bank to make a loan to buy a new computer, really. The truth be told, people with Vista and XP will probably be completely ignored by the hackers – no one wastes their time hacking the old operating systems. Most of these people love to show they’re capable of breaking through Microsoft’s security … not hard I suppose with all the wholes their OS’s have.
      You’ll be seeing that Chrome is working fine on your machine and it will probably continue to do so for quite awhile, even without their upgrades – they’re not going to be incompatable for quite some time. As I told you last week there are alternatives to Chrome that work with Vista and XP.
      Eventually, if you know how to get in touch with Ubuntu or Lenux groups in your area you might consider converting your Microsoft computer to an Open Source platform … Ubuntu works very nicely and it is as intuitive as Microsoft, though less fancy (and consequently easier on your CPU). There are millions of XP and Vista users around still and they want them to run to the store and buy a new computer. I’ve actually seen computers with 98 still puffing along. Maybe they didn’t use Chrome .. but they surfed the web anyway.

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      • My Chrome is not functioning well at all. It won’t allow me to sign in to the internet unless I sign into Chrome which I can’t do if I’m not on the internet. Other relatively small things also but they are piling up. I am investigating other ways but on many of the forums, I read where all the systems are stopping their support of Vista. I’ll keep searching but from my end it doesn’t look good. Thank you for your assistance.

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        • I’m not understanding your problem to tell the truth. I have XP and none of this is happening to me. I might run into the problem tomorrow, who knows.

          But signing onto internet has nothing to do with which browser you’re using. You could use Microsoft Explorer, Opera, Firefox in place of Chrome and it wouldn’t make a bit of difference (sometimes I use two different browsers at the same time).

          You connect to the internet through your modem/router and once connected then you can surf the web with a browser or upload/download things through a programme like Picasa 3.

          When you’re setting up your modem the first connection can be made through a browser or an application that came with your modem. And again if you use a browser any other browser can still be used to make modifications to your hook-up. So the problems you’re having seem very strange to me indeed. Run a virus scan with your antivirus programme.

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          • I guess the words I used are incorrect. What I’m having trouble with is chrome won’t connect me to the security portal of my internet service company to sign in. I can’t get to the internet without passing through that portal. Endless loop. Before, Chrome offered the option now I can not get anywhere without signing into chrome which I can’t do without being connected to my service. At least this is my understanding of what is happening. I have scanned numerous times.

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          • Darn … that is weird, but maybe I understand. We do things differently over here. I don’t have to connect through a security portal (never heard of such a thing in fact). On my computer there is a thing called: Network Connection. All the info I need is there but I usually connect through my task bar where the clock and programs running in background are – there is an icon there it opens a window and I connect.

            So the info you need to connect to your security portal – password and user name, passes through your browser .. don’t you have this information on hard copy? Obviously you are connecting to your server through a wifi connection which goes through a browser – in your case Chrome. Do you have a help number to contact your service company. Are you sure here are no glitches on the line itself .. if you have the info on hard copy, open Internet Explorer and try to connect through that browser. As I said earlier … any browser can connect to internet .. even in your case, if you’ve got the password and user name on hand. The problem is NOT because Chrome has decided not to bother with their Vista and XP clients and won’t supply us with upgrades for our Chrome.. That might be a problem in the future, but not right not.

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          • I’ve used computers since the late seventies – but it’s an on-going learning process with them and all the technology that keeps changing daily – hope you figure this out!

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    • Seems the way with people .. they complain and by complaining their brain tells them they’ve done something. Here the major move is resistance rather than revolution – to not play the game, stop buying mindlessly following the latest fad – refuse to upgrade at the doff of a hat etc. The people who sustain the system are us, they couldn’t pull it off if we stopped following them.

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      • True. Many young people here go second hand (me too even if I am older…) for example, and my children play ordinary games with dice and so on. Trivial perhaps, but still…it is a protest and a way of more sustainable living.

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  2. I read recently that if you allow auto-update on your computer that Microsoft has added its Windows 10 to auto-update because not enough people were voluntarily updating to it. More underhanded tactics by Microsoft! Apparently this began on the 4th of this month. I’ve since unchecked my auto-updates to prevent it downloading on my computer.

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