PS -- the stuff I scan, which seems to be enthusiastically received, is often scanned with a circa
2001 Canon flatbed. Slow and "obsolete," but quite effective. And fully amortized long, long ago.
Technology "upgrade cycles" are mostly a marketing scam -- it's a way for sales and marketing folks
to play on "gadget envy" among the most insecure (and un-craftsman-like) users and extract large
chunks of money from them at regular intervals. "New" and "improved" is only the gadget, not the
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 3:44 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Obsolescence of high technology
> Don's blanket statement really didn't deserve such a thoughtful response as Richard's, but Richard
> is right on target about allegedly "obsolete" technology.
> I'm sitting here still working perfectly effectively on a circa 2005 Dell Dimension 8300. And, in
> the other office, a circa 2001 Dell 4100 is running our internal file server and Apache webserver
> super-fast (this computer was swapped in only last year, replacing a circa 1995 pre-Pentium Dell,
> and that server did its job just fine for 10+ years).
> My house is full of "obsolete" media and the machines to play it so I may enjoy it. I'll switch to
> allegedly "new and better" DTV when my last NTSC set dies. I suppose I should throw all those
> perfectly working (and full of lead and heavy metals) NTSC CRT TV sets in the landfill because I
> need to see everyone's bad skin in lurid sharpness on those Chinese-made flat panels.
> That camera I gave away will do the new owner proud, it takes perfectly good, usable pictures --
> better than many all-in-one film cameras from back in the day. And, it happens to have excellent
> macro capabilities, key for exactly the kind of work done by participants on the ARSC List (and
> therefore I say AGAIN that my post was on-topic and NOT a sales solicitation). Plus the lens
> swivels, again perfect for documenting exactly the kinds of tasks and forensics we discuss
> regularly on this list!
> I'm happy for any and all individuals and institutions so well funded as to always have the latest
> and greatest electronics. I would suggest that many ARSC members, and many participants in the
> ARSC List are neither well-funded nor likely to turn up their nose at a giveaway of something they
> can use or want.
> To be honest, the more this gets discussed, the more insulted I am by Bryan Cornell's posting this
> morning. To avoid further irritation, I won't discuss this further.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 2:49 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Obsolescence of high technology
>> On 2012-06-20 2:40 PM, Don Cox wrote:
>>> Digital cameras are becoming obsolete long before they wear out. The
>>> same was true of computers in the 1980s.
>> Hi, Don,
>> I would like to suggest "obsolete for my purposes".
>> A good 3 MP camera if working properly still takes as good a picture today as it did in 2003. The
>> marketing people would have you believe it's obsolete, but, in fact, in the strive for more
>> pixels, low light performance (at least) suffered greatly in less-expensive cameras. It all
>> depends what you need.
>> I would agree with you about computers from the 1980s, but I recently repurposed a 2005 2.8 GHz
>> Pentium IV machine and it's fine for the audio editing application it has been sent off to do
>> (clip and upload sermons from my church ever Sunday--a task I no longer wish to be tied to). We
>> put a new HDD in it and brought it up from scratch and loaded only a few programs.
>> The machine had become intolerably slow for office use by the family and I wanted to get off XP
>> anyway and be a Win7 facility (essentially achieved at this point though one XP box is still in
>> the studio to run the old CD printer and another is on a trolley as an aux CD burning and other
>> task machine).
>> I also gave them our second 2.8 GHz Pentium IV (w/o HDD) to do as they see fit with (keep as
>> spares or make another working machine) as they would like more computers.
>> It's really a question of obsolete to whom???? We should not just buy into the marketing hype, as
>> I'm sure you're not and I'm trying not.
>> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
>> Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
>> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.