Chapter 18. Upgrading Your PC

We live in a world of rapid and relentless obsolescence: A car is worth a fraction of the selling price as soon as you drive it off the lot; our cell phones come and go like streetcars; a computer is practically obsolete after the first boot. Faced with this inevitable decay, most people chuck the old and ring in the new: The lease is up? Great, let’s start a new one! My cell phone’s dead? No problem, I’ll get another! Our computer is yesterday’s technology? Let’s get today’s instead!

If there’s a problem with this disposable lifestyle, it’s that it tends to be awfully hard on the planet because new things require new resources and old things have to rot somewhere. Plus, constantly replacing our gadgets is expensive. ...

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