Feb 02 2009

Modern electronics!

Published by at 3:00 am under I Don't Get It

junk cell phones

I can’t think of a way to make this funny so deal with it. Maybe by the end I can pull some brilliance from my beautiful butt.

I have a Sirius radio in my car but it’s the kind that docks into my existing radio. It’s starting to die and act like an asshole. It likes to change the channel at random times as if to say, “hey loser this song sucks, check out this Limp Bizkit song over on channel 24.” I don’t want Limp Bizkit thrust upon me so I was thinking it was time for a new radio. No big deal right? I mean it’s 4 years old, I got my money’s worth.

WRONG! I hate that I currently have a drawer full of “out-of-date” cell phones and a once state-of-the-art iMac that I literally can’t give away because it’s 6 years old. I understand why nobody wants my old computer but it’s crazy how disposable this stuff is. Do TV repairmen even exist anymore?

I hate that we find it acceptable if a CD player works for only 3 years before breaking. We don’t think twice about chucking it in the garbage and heading over to Best Buy to get a replacement. My stereo (do people even have stereos anymore?) is made up of components from the 70’s except for my CD player which I purchased in 1989. Not only do they all work perfectly, they sound amazing.

Our disposable culture kind of freaks me out. Maybe it’s because I’m old and still own a stereo. Told you this wouldn’t be funny.

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13 comments to “Modern electronics!”

  1. Jeffon 02 Feb 2009 at 6:15 am

    I have an old computer which I was about to donate to a worthy cause but then the damn thing started to have intermittent problems starting up. I envisaged some poor do-gooder kicking the crap out of the thing and cursing the day I was born, so I ended up trashing it instead.

    I also have a stereo which is possibly my most valuable possession that a burglar could reasonably make off with (unless they felt comfortable walking around holding a widescreen TV) – but feel absolutely safe leaving it in an unlocked shed as no one would think it’s worth anything.

    In fact, I bet if you were smart and did some analysis you’d find that crime is down at least partially because nothing is worth anything any more. I mean, except for this month’s iPod, what can someone really ‘fence’ for a better price than you can buy it for online. And then cos this shit breaks so often, who wants it without some sort of warranty.

    Maybe fences now give warranties.

  2. CreatureofHabiton 02 Feb 2009 at 7:40 am

    Yes – thank you. People think I’m nuts because I’m sad about my dying 6 year old iBook.

    Btw, Sirius is the worst!!!!! I can’t believe how awful it is compared to XM. It’s heartbreaking really. I mean, that they even have DJ’s is infuriating. If I want to listen to a DJ, I can have regular radio for free. I’m sooooo not renewing now that Sirius has taken over. I can’t find a single station to listen to for more than one song. That’s not right. On XM, I went for weeks without changing the channel. Sigh.

  3. guilty noodleson 02 Feb 2009 at 8:04 am

    I know, I know. Cell phones you can donate to women’s shelters, but my children like to carry them around the house.

    It’s supposed to help the economy, by producing shitty products that breakdown within a short amount of time.

    We go through iPods like toilet paper. It’s so sad.

    Consider donating your 6 yr old iMac… to a school, family or community center. Ours is way overdue and as soon as we replace our mac, the old iMac goes to the kids’ room.

    My husband has Sirius and he loves it. Every time I listen to it, I have the same reaction as Habit. Why? But since they’ve merged, he claims it’s better.

  4. You Just Made My List!on 02 Feb 2009 at 9:22 am

    NO WAY, SIRIUS RULES! Program these channels and you will understand…

    25 – Underground Garage – awesome!
    26 – XMU
    39 – Backspin – old school hip hop
    6 – 60’s
    7 – 70’s
    22 – First Wave – classic 80’s “alternative”
    53 – Soul Town
    75 – Sinatra Channel
    109 – Out Q – Frank DeCaro from 10am – 1pm is hilarious.
    134 & 135 – NPR
    104 – Raw Dog Comedy – occasionally you will catch some good stuff here

    There are a lot of other channels I surf through but these are my main choices.

  5. SanFranon 02 Feb 2009 at 10:43 am

    First order of business: YJMML: your post included some brilliance, early on…

    you said: “I don’t want Limp Bizkit thrust upon me”

    I mean, seriously – who does? and it doesn’t matter what your preference is…

    Second order of business: Built-in obsolescence is the way of the world. All of this fangled technology is inexpensive because it’s cheap. In the professional video / photo world, I can say that the equipment is expensive because it’s meant to last for a long time – so it is possible to get good stuff, one just has to pay out the arse for it. This is the case with pretty much industry, too – mechanics, chefs, you name it.

    Your Satellite Radio device: you’ve already used it well beyond it’s life expectancy. The manufacturer planned that you’d long ago have upgraded because.. well, just because. I’m also a fan of the trickle down (of no relation to the Limp Biscuit) – after I use something for a long time, and if it still works, I usually either give it to someone who doesn’t have whatever it is, or find a way to integrate it into the workshop downstairs… I have a sweet old Yamaha surround sound receiver down there and a pair of a/d/s speakers.

    Which reminds me: a long time ago, back when I cared about sound systems in cars, I had a sweet amplifier made by a company in Massachusetts, a/d/s, this thing cost about 700 bucks, and back in 1990, that was a lot.

    Anyhow, along about 1999, it stopped working. I swung by the a/d/s HQ in Wilmington, MA and walked in with it, and talked to the engineer for a short bit, and about 20 minutes later, he emerged with a new, but same vintage, amplifier and just gave it to me. He said that they were starting to see some failures of a few circuit components, and wanted my amp for research purposes, and oh “sorry for the trouble”. Today, they would just blink at me and say “so, what do you expect, it’s 9 years old!” and sent me off to BestBuy or some shithole like that to get another one, discarding the old in the dumpster on the way.

  6. guilty noodleson 02 Feb 2009 at 10:44 am

    Apparently, my husband only listens to five stations… his all time fave, Underground Garage. After this morning’s monologue, he also mentioned a punk rock station that was dropped after the merge, but he likes what XM has added also.

    He also claims that XM had a shitload of 80s stations.

  7. hodanon 02 Feb 2009 at 12:18 pm

    stereo? CD player!? omigod, listman how old are you?!!!!

  8. Yours Trulyon 02 Feb 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I’m baffled as to how anyone can go through iPods like toilet paper. I’ve had my 30G video for almost 5 years now and the thing still hasn’t died, no matter how many times I drop it on the ground. What’s more impressive is that I don’t even have one of those fancy cases for it. COME SEE THE 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD, THE UNBREAKABLE IPOD!

  9. Yours Trulyon 02 Feb 2009 at 2:23 pm

    After I typed that, I accidentally stepped on my iPod and it broke into a million pieces. Damn karma.

  10. You Just Made My List!on 02 Feb 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Yours – Funny!

  11. Kieron Mooreon 03 Feb 2009 at 3:35 am

    i too have a cavern of hidden treasures of the technology age

    Althought i seem to be a little younger than you as i was 8 when you bought your CD section and the rest of the stereo is older than me

    Maybe we should send old mobile and 256MB MP3 Players to 3rd world countried… they will love the technology of a phone that works outside. Or a magical box that makes music in your ears.

  12. CreatureofHabiton 03 Feb 2009 at 7:45 am

    Lol @ Yours Truly!

    No, I’m afraid Sirius sucks for me. The only station that they kept was XMU. My favorites were XMU and XM44 (replaced with ‘first wave’ – which is awful…). And there was a GREAT super-old skool hip hop station (replaced with 39 – not so much). Now it’s all crap with euro DJs. Crap I tell you!

    Boston has good local college stations, so we will just go back to that & CDs. It’s a huge bummer for me. My life is incredibly hard.

  13. Ronon 03 Feb 2009 at 9:12 am

    I have a feeling that the most valuable pieces of land within a century will be garbage dumps. After we chuck all of our plastic shit, coupled with silicon boards with rare elements and metals, our world will be offering cash signing bonuses and generous 401ks to basically be dumpster divers. NFL players, rock stars and trust fund children will abandon their former lives to make a king’s ransom digging through old diapers to find your once shiny iPod, now smeared with God knows what.

    The Oracle has spoken.