Look at today's laptops with components that clearly state "3 year design life." The battery spec is "300 cycles."
If this is troubling you, please keep writing and don't buy the stuff that has a short life span.
In closing, many of those will turn to Linux since it's very forgiving on the hardware. Have you thought of making the change?
I just got a logitech QuickCam Connect (E2500 series). Which I can't use, because of various factors.
First of all, my operating system is not compatible due to age of computer. 6 years old.
Secondly, the plugin is different, same size...just now has insert male end) where it won't fit into case of the pc now. Also, because of its age.
Now, I have gone to college, and am quite aware of what I was told where technology would change every 3 to five years. However, that doesn't mean for the industry to make wasteful changes to items like most companies do in order to make people upgrade their equipment and software and security protection in order to make a quick buck and not really an advancement at all.
This is my opinion of the what the computer industry is doing currently, and has in the past 8 years. You are following in the footsteps of the auto industry, by making multi-faceted items with such rapid succession with multi-diversified changes, ever so-slightly, all in order to make a buck from the public, instead of making a few items which last for a long time and are cohesive with other brand names.
No wonder we have so much trash on our planet when you make items just to make a quick buck, and then move on to the next quick-buck project. Our Society has become sinfully wasteful.
Shame on you...this waste needs to stop. You are wasting our materials, our money, our time...all in the name of greed. This is so sad. The computer industry needs to wise up and learn the lesson from the auto makers. Because soon the computer industry could be outdated just as fast as you are making your outdated products with every passing of six months time.
Just thought I would send you my two cents worth. It may sound crazy, but, it is going to be true sooner than you think if our world don't wise up soon!
Thanks for letting me share!