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RantWashing machines vs 286 computers Pin
Eddy Vluggen26-Nov-19 3:48
mveEddy Vluggen26-Nov-19 3:48 
All the leds on my washing machine are blinking. According to the official dealer and an independent mechanic, the main board is faulty and needs replacing. Their prices were similar, but I'll come back to that in a bit.

Having replaced many parts in many different computers, one would expect a similar proces. Open the hood, unscrew motherboard, put in new one that you ordered from the site, and boot it. Since the washing machine lacks a display, we can safely assume that this new board does not come with a graphics adapter, soundadapter, integrated networks-adapter nor with large amounts of DDR3 RAM.

To my surprise, the price of the logic board was 60% of the total price of the new machine (current price, the exact type is still for sale today, so it is not like ordering hardware that's not available), and it is built in a way that a regular consumer cannot replace it easily. The logic board inside the washing machine sells for roughly 150 euro's - but you'd have to add an hourly rate and travel costs, and then it adds up to 60% of the new-price.

All the other hardware still works, it's just a faulty logic board. Still, the independent mechanic gave me the advice to "buy a new machine", since it makes more economic sense. Must have been working too much with computers as it makes no sense to me at all. It reeks of planned obsolecence; making it hard to repair and easy to break down, to limit the lifespan. Seek out their owners website, and you get marketing-texts like "environmental sustainability" and "fair trade" Roll eyes | :rolleyes:

The rest of the old machines hardware would be "recycled", meaning it probably[^] gets dumped somewhere in Africa. Very environmentally and fair. Having a kid burn the plastic of a copper wire is a form of recycling, and that's good for the environment.

Remember how some printers have an internal counter[^] after which they stop working? Same thing Thumbs Up | :thumbsup:

So, why don't we do that with software? After, say, a 4000 executions, simply stop the software and demand that the customer buys a complete new license. Let's add to that OriginalGriffs' headphone-economics - and sell new licenses only in packs of 20. And to top all that, include the words "fair trade" on your website.
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