|Relying on old technology|
Message #1 Posted by Juan J on 14 Oct 2009, 1:23 p.m.
Four years ago I bought an HP notebook and signed up for customer service, newsletters and related stuff.
The old gal still works, mainly at home, and is good enough for things like Ofice documents, Web surfing/e-mail, and "special" applications like Mathematica or Linux every now and then.
Las week I received a newsletter encouraging me to get rid of this so-called old technology:
» Replace your old technology now and save
If you’ve been holding on to old PCs, you might not be aware of the hidden costs of operating and maintaining old equipment. Get the facts on how much money you can save with new HP technology.
I was surprised to receive this. My computer is old but still works. It will eventually give up the ghost, like all machines do.
Following this logic, I should have gotten rid of all my calculators. I remember HP including older models in a sort of insurance plan, and I also remember HP issuing notices of discontinuing lab/test equipment; the latter included details about the time during which consumables would still be available. Not anymore, I am afraid. And more than technology, costs are the driving factor here.
This notice kind of assumes I am one of those bean counters or one of those MBAs that led us to disaster, which thankfully I am not.
True, I can ditch the old girl and replace it, but what if she still serves me well and I want to keep her as long as she can be used?
Has anyone received such a message?
Edited: 14 Oct 2009, 1:26 p.m.