YLoD, and Economics.

AUUUUGH.

That is the heart-rending scream I made as I realized my PS3 would only continue play if I inserted $250 AUD. My system has fallen victim to the latest wave of trendy hardware failures: the Yellow Light of Death.

It occurs when (among other causes) the console is left on for long periods of time, causing the lead-free solder to dry up and break. This in turn breaks electrical contacts on the motherboard, causing a system-wide hardware failure.

The symptoms start either during play, when the PS3 abruptly turns off, or the next timeĀ  you turn it on. When you push the button, the box will boot normally for all of 3 seconds before both the green and red indicators flash, producing the distinctive yellow light.

Then the PS3 shuts down, leaving the red indicator blinking and hundreds of dollars of electronics useless.

It’s a startling look at how shortsightedly modern products are developed. I’m not going to go on an old-man-rant here, but planned obsolescence is how commercialism works. If you sell someone a product, you want them to buy things again. They’re not going to do that unless they don’t want what they bought from you earlier.

Obviously the YLoD is slightly off in it’s timing, but it’s a part of the almost deliberate ignorance of long-term problems in commercial products. This practice has been in place since the start of mass-production in the 1920’s and 1930’s, and most of the time things made before that are still around today.

Look at Tudor-era houses in Britain, or Dynasty-era buildings in Asia. They’re regularly used. They’re iconic. And they’re a hell of a lot older than my PS3 while being in better shape. Hell, even my NES console (made in 1985 with a questionable lead content) is in better shape.

Economic discussion aside, I’ve still got to fork out $250 and wait at least 4 weeks for my PS3 to work again.It’s annoying, but it’s gobbled up MW2 and all my save data is on there. Wish me luck.

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Merry Christmas!

Happy secular corporate giftgiving day! Hope everyone is enjoying it and stuff. Got Assassin’s Creed 2 as a present, so I’ll be reviewing it shortly. It’s good!

Merry Christmas to all!

1st Twitter

Arr. Today is Speak Like A Pirate day, so I am heading off to Open Software day at my local shopping center. Also, I have tweeted my very first tweet. Yay. See the ‘What Now’ widget on the right.

I’m Back!

Arrived back home after the holiday. Some stuff will be along when I can get around to it.

On Holiday

Going on a holiday tomorrow to Queensland, so no posting for a week. In the meantime, go see what little there is at sheldonisourhomeboy.wordpress.com. Support the site by viewing it and maybe we’ll put more stuff up later.

Off Hiatus

Sorry for the approx. month-long hiatus – school has started and I have also recently been ill with flu (not swine flu, just a flu) and a gastrointestinal bug. A lot of stuff has gone by, including the sixth Harry Potter movie, the Ghostbusters game, the London Garden project and more. To start with, I am co-authoring a new blog, called Sheldon Is Our Homeboy and It’s all about a character from a TV show. Head over there for more. It’s not really my idea and I’m taking care of housekeeping more than anything else, but it’s mildly fun.

Happy Birthday To Meeee…

It’s my birthday today, a big thank-you to my family for all the crap from me they have put up with for years. I have had a wonderful day, and will be reviewing the games Orange Box, InFamous (properly) and the Disney-approved kiddy slush movie Ice Age 3.