I expect I’ll be adding a lot more to this chapter over the next month, especially since i’ve been using the much more efficient, ethically built, Raspberry Pi for so much. For now, I wanted to get my thoughts on a specific incident down. Make Music released another version of their Finale Software, in fact they do this pretty much annually, because they’re d-bags. This slightly upgraded version of their software requires Mac users to use OS 10.10. Mac users, being generally the kind of users that don’t want to be bothered with things like thinking about how computers work, and shouldn’t be allowed within 100 meters of a computer in general, are updating to the new OS where possible. Some are even thinking about getting rid of their working computers just to comply with this update, which is insane for several reasons.
- Just because you received a document in a new format does not mean you have to run to your local Apple App Store, or physical store, lube up and bend over. You can simply ask for the document to be saved in an older format. This is not a reason to throw out an old system, or even upgrade the OS for most.
- The upgrade can break other software. Why screw up everything else just for Finale. These constant updates are the number one thing that Finale users bitch about. It’s time to break the cycle of getting fucked by Make Music in a way you don’t like. Tell them you expect them to listen to your needs for a change this time.
- There are excellent free alternatives to both Apple and Finale like MuseScore. Yes, I know that someone that has been using Finale for a very long time has little interest in this, but they should because throwing out systems all of the time over these kind of issues is too wasteful. Then again, Apple systems are built so poorly that they shit out within 5 years in general, and are difficult to repair in most cases. Of course, some get repaired and run a bit longer. Perhaps instead of being giant dicks that sue people for showing others how to repair their systems Apple can just, ya know, release their manuals as their systems age. Of course then they couldn’t overcharge you for certifications, their shitty replacement parts, and manuals. This is something only a good company, like Tesla, would do.
Anyway, this leads to a larger point. We need to be getting more life out of our computers and it’s not even hard to do. Getting at least 8 years out of a computer should be the norm. I run STEAM on Linux, on an old system someone was throwing out. the system previously had Windows on it. It only had software problems, but they got frustrated with how slow it was, and after only 4 years, wanted the “piece of shit” out of their life. I did what I do in 90% of these situations. I thanked them, took it home, erased it and put Ubuntu on it. I tried to explain this option to them, but they literally told me that the Seahawks game was coming on, and they didn’t want to talk about it. Of course, this attitude towards computers means that they had issues with their new one within a few months. (Said very sarcastically) I was shocked. That was 3 years ago. I’ll get at least 8 total years out of this system. Probably more. I can easily double the life of a system, even triple it, with Linux and it’s not even hard to do. In the other 9% of the cases, I have had to replace a thrashed HDD and then do the same thing. Every once in awhile I do get one with a bad motherboard.
My point here is that we are throwing out computers every 3 to 5 years to meet the demands of companies we don’t need anymore to run software we don’t need to use. Namely Apple, Microsoft, Make Music, Adobe, the list goes on. The environment can’t take much more and remain habitable for humans and similar animals, and throwing this stuff out left and right because these companies refuse to give you better options is stupid. More importantly, throwing them out because you just won’t get off of your ass and learn about better Open Source alternatives is not acceptable. There are real consequences to laziness. Damage to the environment is only one of them. Thanks to these kind of computer users, the average life of a smartphone in the US is 18 months. Usually they aren’t even replaced because they’re broken but because someone didn’t’ want to learn how to put an SD card in. We live in the information age, and have lived in it for some time now. It’s time we started putting it to good use.