5 comments on “We Need A Slow Electronics Movement

  1. So, I’m not a fan of Steve Jobs, and to be honest, I don’t think electronics are any better because of him at all. Marketing certainly is, but not electronics. The true software pioneer whom Jobs and Apple corp owe their success to, Dennis Ritchie, of Unix and C fame, died several days after Steve Jobs. No one muttered a word. The world was in “Steve Jobs: The great inovator” mode. All apple did was take technology that was already out there, repackage it, and sell it at a huge profit. If you want to get down to it, the truth behind Slow or sustainable software and electronics is with Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris. The problem with proprietary software like Apple or Microsoft is that it forces you to upgrade at a cost. It’s designed so you will have to buy more. There is one company in the United States that has embraces what sustainable software is about, and that company is Commodore. Yup, the one and the same. They are back and better than ever. All of their products are made in Florida using a Linux OS. If you want to focus on slow or sustainable software, you should look at open source, because the likes of Apple and Microsoft will never be what you want them to be.

    • I agree with almost your entire rebuttal. Yes- arguably marketing was the greater part of Jobs’ legacy. Yes, I think that the industry’s devotion to the proprietary model is lamentable and backwards. I’ve read about the new Commodore and I’m thrilled. I’m only saying let’s deal with Foxconn (et al) first.

  2. Excellent article. It’s hard or even impossible to avoid ‘fast’ electronics nowadays, but I think the solution you proposed would be feasible. I’d totally pay more.

  3. Fantastic article, and as a designer I would love to see what a slow electronic would look like? Aspects beyond the manufacture of apple’s products would need to be changed to really make it “slow”.

    I think this would include a rethinking of the battery technology to allow for future adaptation and the utilization of materials that would wear in with time rather than out. It seems that they are heading a bit in this direction with the phasing out of the plastic macbooks, now if they can take on the challenge of making the internals of their machines adapt to last as long as the milled aluminum vessel of the exterior…

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