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    Kevin Shaw: Preparing For Planned Obsolescence



    Right about now, I’m reeeally hating my computer. It’s a 5-year-old Apple MacBook Pro with the 15-inch screen. I bought a few years ago from a highly reviewed guy here locally in Nashville, Tennessee, who buys, cleans and refurbishes Apple products and flips them on Craigslist. The laptop came with both extra memory card slots filled with updated cards, and at the time, was easily the fastest computer I had ever owned.

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    I suspect the trouble you are having with your MacBook Pro is not a hardware issue. It might be, but I suspect a software issue. This happens often enough with Windows, but in some cases a similar symptom can happen with Macs.

    What exact model is your Mac? Via the Apple menu, About this Mac.

    If you want some help, just private message me.

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    K447 is the apple guru

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    LOL. I think people are missing the point about this editorial.

    I've gotten more advice and input about laptops than I could ever ask for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rustymuscle View Post
    ... I think people are missing the point about this editorial.

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    I will admit I did not get the point.

    ... if the day comes that we have to upload new operating software for our PWC via WiFi, we might be having a different conversation.
    Via WiFi would be an improvement. The software/firmware (ECU/iBR/dash/whatever) in modern PWC is indeed updated from time to time. Installing the update currently requires specialized dealer equipment and manufacturer authorizations. Not user upgradeable, must be done by the dealer.

    No dealer nearby? No updates for you.

    Regarding planned obsolescence, not really following how that is applicable to either modern PWC or to Apple laptops.

    Sure, older computers can develop issues of various forms and causes. Overall Apple has generally been rather good about maintaining OS support for older hardware. Even a 2012 MacBook Pro. Whatever is going on with your particular laptop, I expect it is something fixable.

    Regarding the Seadoo suspension system, I suspect the design/manufacture was insufficiently refined, creating problems for both customers (reliability) and dealers tasked with maintaining them. Market demand over time apparently was not enough to compel Seadoo to continue improving the reliability and serviceability.

    So the suspension feature is no longer offered. Parts for repair of existing units and dealer ability to do the repairs I expect is still available (with the normal variability of dealer competency).

    The suspension idea seems like the opposite of planned obsolescence. I imagine BRP had hopes that suspensions could be a defining advantage in the market, allowing them to sell those higher end models for years to come. It didn’t work out that way, which is probably the opposite of what Seadoo had planned/hoped for.
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