We're currently writing this on our second MacBook Pro. We're waiting for a call on our third iPhone while watching Star Trek on our second HDTV through our third Xbox 360. Technology today may fizzle out or quickly become obsolete, but it wasn't always like that.
In fact, the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones recently tracked down a 73-year-old TV set that still works and is believed to be the oldest working television in Britain. It's tuned to just one built-in channel -- BBC One, as it was the only channel available when the set was built. The extent of its controls are for vertical hold and volume.
The TV has a 12-inch screen that's reflected to the viewer via an angled mirror at the top. While the previous owner has wired it to work with an external tuner, the current owner is on a mission to restore the box to its fully original state, which we think is a marvellous idea.
We're wondering if in 70 years' time collectors will do the same for modern HDTVs or iPods. If there are any still working, that is. But it's not only TVs from the '30s that outlive their expectations -- the BBC article about the TV has some great comments from users around the world who are sharing stories of their favourite devices that still work long after the warranties have expired. We did much the same ourselves a while back in our smashing feature, Bombproof gadgets: Our most trusty technology.