Originally Posted by elroth
It's fine to tell people not to upgrade, but what happens when they need a new computer?
Do you really think that, in this era of faster and faster processors, people (apparently) changing their mobile phones every 6 months, Apple changing iPhone models each year, computer updates every year and OS updates about every 18 months, that anybody owning one of these hi-tech items seriously thinks that everything on it will keep working that way forever?
I bought my first Macintosh in 1984 and there is a clear pattern (and not just with Apple of course):
1) You hold on to what you have (if that's the way you do things) and, assuming it can be repaired should a problem arise, you stay with it, updating the OS, the RAM perhaps & other peripherals and software where possible. Eventually, there will come a point where you have no choice but to cease updating your OS, other applications and/or hardware because the new offerings are incompatible with what you are still using and you simply carry on with what you have.OR
2) You buy a new Mac (or iDevice or whatever) that will support the new OS, apps and/or hardware. After X years, you will find yourself at point 1 above. Rinse and repeat.
Anyone who expects things to be different will be in for a rude awakening at some point down the line.
Thus it has always been and thus it will continue for quite a few years until the oil gets so expensive and much less available that we realise that we can't keep discarding (really, incredibly complex and resource intensive) pieces of kit every year or so and getting a shiny new one that we then discard 12 months later. I don't think this cycle will change until that point is reached, which is probably no more than 15 years away at most I'd reckon.
That's my take anyway. As I said in another thread: "If it works, it's obsolete"