Monday, February 11, 2008

Futureproofing

My Aunt's radio from the 1940s needs a small piece of bell-shaped china to work which is no longer manufactured.

My first laptop bought in 1998 is not of a high enough spec to run the Windows operating systems for sale today.

If I bought an analogue television in the 1990s, it would not work with the new digital standard which everyone will have to use come 2012.

The mobile phone I was upgraded to 2 years ago will not work with the mobile phone charger that I had three years before that even though the company that made them is the same one.

The Video tapes of the last 30 years will not play in DVD players of the last 10.

In a united assault on the consumer pocket, the big boys of the consumer world Apple, Dell, Hitachi, HP, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TDK and Thomson have come up with the new Blu-ray technology. Naturally, DVDs will not play in the Blu-ray players unless you install a "DVD compatible optical pickup unit" (price as yet unknown). Blu-ray disks will not play in playstations or Wii players.

Sod.the.lot.of.them. I'm sticking with lego.

Did you know that the first batch of lego was produced over 50 years ago and pieces made in that year will still interlock with pieces made yesterday? Now, that is futureproofing.

I am also keeping the DVD player until it falls to bits. The video player still works and I bought that as a first year in college (14 years ago)