obsolescence and old equipment
I have several older smartphones which work quite well, but they would
need new batteries. However, with the recent bugs in some wifi chipsets
resulting in severe risk for iOS and Android devices, coupled with
bad or missing update possibilities, they are now mostly unusable
unless I'm in a safe spot (home, office), if I want to use them online.
And a smartphone without internet connection quickly becomes about as
useful as a dumbphone, but with even less battery capacity. Therefore I
have decided I will not replace the batteries of my Samsung Galaxy S3
and of my iPhone5 (which will not receive iOS11 any more).
On the other hand, I will probably try to get a replacement battery for
my even older ASUS AspireONE notebook PC. It's from 2008 and currently
running a very old Linux, therefore it's not a very safe thing neither.
But I can use it much better for creating (writing and coding) than the
"consuming appliances" the smartphones are, even if I use it offline
and only sync later when at a safe spot. There are nice editors (ed,
vi) and git available, and with ssh and rsync in addition I have
everything I really need.
An ancient laptop with a decent keyboard and a reasonable (and
"tinkerable"!) operating system in the long run is worth more than
smartphones 5 years old. And according to my first online searches, a
battery for the Aspire costs about 1/2 of the one for the Galaxy, and
1/4 of the one for the iPhone (which I would have to give to a
technician, thanks to the sleek and stupid design -- yes, I'm no
fanboy, but I got the used iPhone for free from a relative). So it's