Yesterday my Macbook’s charger failed: it’s blowing fuses faster than I can put them in the plug. It is also four years old. As, I hope, the now mute MacBook is still OK I am in a visit to the Apple Store in Manchester this morning en route to the Co-op Practitioners conference to talk about tax governance.
Am I getting old and rough, or is this built in obsolescence? Apple’s repair pricing policy certainly suggests they have no interest in products of this age and I can’t be alone in wanting to keep otherwise functional IT going.
The EU banned the use of lead in solder (for general usage at least). Manufacturers did it globally, might as well.
Solder without lead in it grows tin whiskers. There is no cure, other than to add lead to solder, and tin whiskers will, with an average lifetime to failure of 3 years or so, short out electronic equipment.
Welcome to the world created by the environmentalists.