"Firms would love to have you dump your computer every year, and
your accesories, and your MP3 player, and your DVD, and your entire
movie collection, and replace it with new ones. The software world
is getting closer.
"I think that 'Planned Obsolescence' is sadly here to stay; but
there's hope, only one: open source. Microsoft has lately perfected
the planned obsolescence game with its decision to make flagship
products like Internet Explorer 7 not available for previous OS
versions like Windows 2000..."