Reply to Flax
by grayscot - 2/27/12 2:16 AM
In Reply to: Why blame anyone? by MarkFlax
Yes, of course. VW had a good run for years at roughly the same model and the last one I bought cost $3,000. And the absolute last car I'm going to buy is a 1990 Suburu Loyale cost $1400 in 2000.
As you can see I'm not a consumer, not into graphics or audio or games, just want a word processor, browser and Zoot. Still use DOS Word 5. I don't mind others pushing the edge for graphics, etc. if that's what they like, I just want my little corner. I bought W2K retail in 2004 because I thought it would last for most of the rest of my lifetime and it was clear that XP had been dumbed down to the toy class no matter what little goodies lay under the hood for you techies. I had hoped the more serious W2K would not be abandoned as quickly as the obvious general consumer item of the moment. So that's progress only for some.
Twenty years back, I had an old manual underwood typewriter handmedown. Only ribbons to buy. Now I have the genuine convenience of Word 5 and Zoot and the impressive research facilities of the net, but it would cost me nearly $500 for a new motherboard, memory, DVD to put in my case and worse yet, an outrageous $50 a month for Internet only cable service. Long before my car gives out, on a fixed income, I'll be forced to turn it all off and go back to a typewriter (if I can find one). The "progress" is illusory if it disappears with forced rising costs to support what are, for me, frills. There ought to be a slower, sustainable track for us less adventurous plodders.
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