Unwrapped a new laptop, updated the software and transferred documents. Three years seems to be the lifespan of these machines – not that they necessarily become outdated, so much as fall apart.
Pure tin solder grows whiskers.
Enough of those will short a circuit somewhere and fry the machine.
The solution to tin whiskers is lead in the solder. Lead in solder is illegal at the insistence of the EU.
The EU now has a program to insist that electronic items must be made to last longer.
Kill them all.