Lots of stuff in this thread that I probably think about way too much.....
I like my old computers. No spyware, no malware, no adware, no nagware. I can do productive things and not have some notification of a forced reboot for an update (Windows 10), or find out the repository my favorite Linux software was hosted on went away and now I have to find it on something out. There 4 decades of games out there, a vast majority of them I can get for free legally. When something goes wrong most of them are pin-through-hole DIL or larger SMD components so i Can replace parts or band-aid them in no time. Everything is on cardhs so I don't need a new motherboard when a sound card dies or a ethernet adapter starts spitting garbage. They are all so old it's a new level of stupidity to get a virus. And even if one did, what is someone going to do? Steal software from my computer that I already can get for free off an Abandonware site with less trouble? Also, I don't get tickers from social media interrupting me.
I love my old cars because they are cheap, easy to fix, and at worst, maybe need to do the same electronic repairs to them that I do to my old computers. A ford EECIV PCM is easier to work on than a 486 DX4-100. And I still get to have most of the new goodies everyone else has on their new $540/mo. rides. In my 30 year old truck, I have bluetooth, I have USB, I have the ability to stream audio from my phone, and because of the placement of everything, answering calls while driving does not require more than a poke while holding onto the gearshift (the button to answer is right in line with the shifter, allowing me to not even have to look away from the road at all). I probably have a safer setup than these modern touch-screen atrocities. Backup camera? My neck still works thankyouverymuch. And when you have a vehicle with half-a-million miles on the clock with no leaks and hardly using any fluids while riding like a brand new vehicle, anyone with any sense would continue driving said vehicle till it finally does die....if it ever does. Plus, it's better for the environment, a factory generates as much pollution creating one new hybrid as a properly cared for gasoline powered car from the 90's does in 5 years. Also, nobody makes small 2-door, body-on frame SUV's and regular cab shortbed compact trucks anymore. My god, if someone did that with an EV, they would KILL in today's world. I don't have kids, I don't want kids, it's just me and my wife, and I don't need a 9 foot bed or a bench up front the size of a California King Size Bed. Bring back compact trucks dangit! Maybe I should start my own company.
I hate "smart" anything. I have 3 4K TV's, all of them "Smart TV's" all three of them have something that seriously bugs me about them. One lives in our bedroom closet, it's an $800 Samsung that runs like a 286 with 256K of RAM trying to run Crysis. The other two are Rokus that had remotes the size of a butterfinger bar. The Remote for the Samsung was slow as molasses in January to respond, but the Roku remotes were the size of a small candy bar and constantly got lost. Sure, there's an "app for that" but then we get to the next problem....Smartphones. See, I don't like touch screens, making a non-tactile-feedback surface to carry out vital machine functions on always seemed like a bad idea. It's made worse when you have to constantly tap and slide between windows as you're using the Roku app for a remote, answering text messages, and attempting to call your in-laws. So I get universal remotes. You have to hunt online for special code lists to find the codes for most of them to work, then you have to worry about them getting de-programmed either when the batteries die, or when your wife accidentally hits "Setup" trying to turn the TV off and inadvertently reprograms the remote. Now I have dymo labels with the codes on the back because I'm sick of hunting for them.