Well, we all know that especially software isn’t created for eternity. Sometimes even not for years. But sometimes dying software also means the end for your not-so-old device…
For me this became truth in 2013 when my trusty Chumby alarm clock became a very simple clock after the company ran out of money – thanks to its open design, the community was able to revive it (a bit).
But sometimes you just end up with a brick – or at least with just 25% of the functionality you had before:
- In this recent letter from Revolv, they announce the end of their connected home solutions due to the change of ownership (first Nest, then Google)
- Philips TVs (when sold to Gibson) stopped their SmartTV support for many TV products since 2010
- Samsung and other TV manufacturers do not support/update the Skype app anymore, rendering a built-in camera to a NSA-only device
- Some more key-words your devices might have been built for using them:
last.fm, podcasts, Second Life, MySpace or even Altavista (All things you might have thought they last for 10+ years)
- … not mentioning web browsers which are useless because of missing support for CSS, JS, HTML4+ etc.
So even before planned obsolescence of your hardware strikes, you might loose functionality by a decaying piece of software.
Do you own a piece of hardware with software-orphans in it, too?