So, as a matter of fact, I occasionally buy some computer games. Also I also occasionally buy new computers. Eventually it becomes hard to use an old computer if the computer is not able to operate the newest software available.
If I get bored, I might even try to install old games in a new computer. I tried this a couple of weeks ago when I was not feeling up to doing work and I was on Holiday.
As it naturally happens, the old software does not run in the new computer. Operating systems change, and as they change, the graphic engines and old routines stop working properly: they become obsolete.
The video game was just the tip of the iceberg. I was also trying to run some other obsolete software to update my class website and that also didn’t run anymore in the new operating system (I was trying to be a cheapskate with woeful effects). Thus, I had to try and install new software, and then I found out the new software didn’t work on the old computer with a new system either: someone decided that the software could only work if the format of the drive couldn’t distinguish uppercase letters from lower case letters in the file system. This sounds prehistoric to me, but there you have it. After 14 hours of backing up, reformatting hard-drives and rebuilding the system, the new software finally installed and now it works.
I feel with sadness the inexorable fading into obsolescence of my computer equipment. The announced death of my equipment seems to be a life too short by whatever measure (It makes me think about the Blade Runner replicants begging for postponing their genetically encoded death). Although I understand that this is a marketing ploy to keep the economy running and the profits coming, it seems rather wasteful to me. I’m looking forward to the day when a computer will last 25 years. I would even be happy with 10 right now.