the corollary to this is what would you do if there were no more funding.
GE used to make a good business in nuclear power plants, and then 3 mile
I think (read the book a long time ago) that they transitioned from making the
plants to servicing the existing ones.
Given that tech funding is fluid, imagine if you will a nightmare funding crisis in
There is no more erate funding (like IId dried up) no grants of any kind
actually and government budgets at all levels have became too tight to fund
anything at a functioning level.
If you knew this was the last set of tech you would ever purchase. Would
that affect what you would buy?*
Or, consider China and the US escalate their current economic war of words
into an actual war. Its not that there isn't funding, its that the costs of
technology actually skyrocket bc of the mutual trade embargoes. You simply
cant get new technology, China wont sell it and no one else can make it (lack
the expertise, lack the labor).
Knowing this, someone's answer might change from laptops to desktops with a
well stocked parts closet.
And in a perverse way it would hasten Bryan's excellent vision. We might
actually have to value what we discard today, and be able to service it at a
more basic level (soldering, etc)
*not sure it SHOULD affect what you actually buy, but an interesting
intellectual exercise perhaps.