On Using Legacy Technology

Robert Falck explains why he's still rocking his ancient-in-tech-years iPhone 3G:

I don't want to be pulled down into a cesspool of unnecessary consumerism and get a new device every year, just because I can. Since it's also not broken, there's just no way I can justify replacing it. No reasons that outweigh the fact that it's still a fully functional device that serves my needs remarkably well for something of its age. Not everything is roses and pizza of course, but it works really well, and has by a wide margin exceeded my expectations.


On its back are uncountable scratches and scuff marks, the home button is slowly starting to get less responsive, and the front glass is a fingerprint magnet. But it's served me brutally well over four years and I imagine it'll continue doing that for a while longer. I can get to the information I want, talk to the people I want to talk to, and brain-dump my thoughts into a virtual blank piece of paper as the need arises. It's still the closest thing to a PADD from Star Trek that I have, and every day I feel like I'm living a little bit in the future. Four years, and counting.

Falck's first point is more or less the reason I tend to hang on to older gadgets. I used my original iPhone for two years, my original iPad for two years, and I'm into my second year with my iPhone 4S. And of course, my main machine is one of the first unibody MacBooks from 2008. I admit to lusting after the latest and greatest toys like any other nerd, but I tend to be conservative in terms of my buying decisions. Given my workflow, I don't necessarily need the shiniest, gee-whiz thing. Consider that my MacBook originally shipped with OS X 10.5 Leopard, and still today it runs 10.8 Mountain Lion pretty damn well. That I've been able to get o much mileage out of my devices is a testament to just how solid Apple manufactures and supports them, both in terms of hardware and software.

As the old adage goes: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. (Unless you have good reason(s) to.)

(via Shawn Blanc)