The Art of Endless Upgrades

Apr 23 2011 9:39 PM

I can kind of understand why a mechanical device would break down after a while — moisture rusts metal, or the air oxidizes membranes, or lubricants evaporate — all of which require repair. But I wasn’t thinking that the intangible world of bits would also degrade. What’s to break? Apparently everything.

Here is news to the young: Crap accumulates in code. Chips weaken. Programs break. On their own, nothing you did.

Computers sure are a lot more shiny and powerful and predictable than older tools, but they do break in random ways. Sad. Human designed stuff will have problems at least until the new earth.

(via Shawn Blanc)