GeekNights Monday - Technology Longevity

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the longevity of technology. From computers to bikes, proper maintenance can greatly extend the life the right tool, though some more easily than others. We've talked about computer maintenance specifically before in 2006 and then in 2020.

In the news, Apple may be working on a 32-core processor, Pornhub runs into trouble with its payment processing, the Arecibo Telescope is sadly no more, and the devil cars sell their self-driving unit. Also don't forget to check out the Advent of Code this year! Scott's doing it!

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A significant update on the Pornhub situation.

This is the right move.

Scott. Are you saying by reducing your shoe mileage by N on carpet, you gain > N miles of life on concrete.


No. That’s not what I’m saying. Let me put it into your terms.

Default scenario. You exclusively wear shoe X at all times. It costs D dollars and lasts for time T before it needs replacement. The money spent on shoes is now D/T.

Two shoe scenario. Just to avoid other factors in regards to different shoes, let’s say you buy two pairs of the same exact shoe X, Xo(tdoor) and Xi(ndoor). The initial outlay for shoes on day 1 is 2D. However Ti is so long, like 10 years+, because the shoe only touches carpet, that D/Ti is really really low. Meanwhile To, while much shorter than Ti is still greater than T from example one. The outdoor only shoe does have its life meaningfully extended.

And in my experience the times are such that.

D/T > (D/To) + (D/Ti)

Something like this

$100/1 year > ($100/1.5 year) + ($100/10year)
100 > 66.66 + 10
100 > 76

It’s a real Apple IIgs with a special device (Floppy Emu Disk Emulator for Apple II, Macintosh, and Lisa | Big Mess o' Wires) that uses an SD card to pretend to be a hard drive or floppy drive(s). Also a special card ( that provides HDMI output. I guess I can get rid of the old special CRT this thing needs now.

A small purist part of me wants to keep that CRT, but there is definitely someone else who will appreciate it more, and maybe even know how to repair it if it ever breaks. It currently works perfectly and displays a beautiful image. But it won’t last forever, and someone else can probably keep it alive longer and use it more often. They also probably have more space to keep it. I wouldn’t be getting rid o fit if I had a house and could have more desks in a workshop of some kind.