Ain’t Broke!

Many people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.

I often say or think the first line. I almost forgot the come-back.

Many engineers are tasked with taking something that isn’t broke and make it cheaper to produce and no better than it needs to be. It’s call “planned obsolescence” when the need is determined to be designed-in failure. In the case of the light bulb, there was a light bulb engineering collusion that occurred on December 23, 1924, that decided the lighting industry needed to have a replacement market for their bulbs. So, failure became a design-in criterion.

The template that creates the look of this website has not been updated for many years. I made a recommendation to a friend to consider using the same template for a new Blog he was considering. He looked up the template and he mentioned there were no new updates for some time.

I thought for a few seconds, maybe micro-seconds, and said, “If it ain’t broke, it doesn’t need fixin’.”

There is also a saying that goes, “Why spoil a good thing?”

I have a model 4S Apple iPhone, released in October 2011. That makes it just over 7 years old. The “S” stands for Siri, its first appearance. It also marked the death of Steve Jobs, the day after it was released. (Trivia, to prove my “old hardware” point.)

The 4S still does all I need a mobile phone to do. I like its small size. It ain’t broke. But the upgrade market is trying very hard to create that illusion. I am a bit like Gibbs, on the NCIS TV program. I have a Motorola flip phone in my drawer, I would love to put back in service.

All I really need is a phone. Well, I don’t actually “need” a phone, but the convenience is like being on drugs. It hurts to give them up. I compared my old iPhone to the old website template.

My friend (with the new website) commented I must have saved $1000 a year not upgrading to every new model. He might be correct. There is a reason for my madness…