Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Enforced obsolescence

This really gets on my nerves. OK, I bought my Mac laptop in 2005, but I'm running 10.5.8 even if I do still have a Power PC processor. I know I can't update to 10.6 unless I upgrade to an Intel processor, but that will entail changing computer, something I don't want to do as there is absolutely nothing wrong with this one. However, every time I log into some Google product like Gmail or Blogger I get all these warnings that Google can't support my browser any more and that I should update or just get the hell out of town. Or better still, change to Google Chrome. Well, I can't. You need an Intel processor for that. And I can't update my Firefox either, because - guess what - yes, you need an Intel processor for that, too.

So, I'm running Firefox 3.-something and Skype 2.-something and the geek world is peeing itself laughing at me. Gradually, everything I've been able to do perfectly well until now will be denied me, purely because I've not respected the computer world's right to get even richer at our unwitting expense, even if all I ever do is write e-mails, check a few websites and write Word documents. I don't download films, nor do I play online games. In short, I do nothing which requires state-of-the-art technology, but I'm eventually going to have to be able to because if I don't, I won't even be allowed to write e-mails. There is something gravely wrong with this picture.

It's a shame there's not a slow-track internet community, one which just wants basic functions and is happy to use technology which can do just that. But no. Well, I'm not changing until there's no choice. There'll have to take this computer out of here IN A BOX!

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