OSX is as old as XP and still going strong.
Talking about washing machines: mine will be twenty years old next year. It's still as good as new. Miele, there is no better one.
My father always had Simcas in the 1970s. Those cars were so bad that people who were born in the 1980s probably can't even imagine it. It was normal for those cars to be totally rusted through in places after three years. Still, they were very popular at the time.
Those things were almost indestructible. We had one at work that had printed about ten times more than was possible according to its manual before it was replaced.
Has been serving me well.
You must be very hard on your mice.
I have a Logitech trackball that has served me well for almost twenty years now. I hope it will never break because they're not on sale anymore. They have been for a very long time though.
Same here. Mine is a cheap Chinese one I bought 30 years ago and is still working fine.
But those cars are all developed and built in Europe.
You prove my point. You preferred all those cars over American cars. American cars are just not as well put together as European and Japanese cars. That's why you hardly see any American cars in Europe.
Here in Europe we are see to a much higher build quality of cars than Americans are. The Tesla S is one of the few American cars that Europeans want to drive because it's so well put together.
You forgot to mention that 40 years after manufacturing the pieces still do their job just as well as when they just came out of the box. That is truly amazing.
Very good point. And while we're ranting about modern society, let's expand your point a bit. Together with patience, thinking also went out the door for most people. Everybody bases their opinions on what they 'feel' these days, without bothering to think their feelings through or looking at things from different angles. Even scientific facts are considered just opinions by many. It's hard to get young people to think about certain things, especially when those things are outside their world and the things they are interested in. And when they finally get their brains in gear they are distracted by their phones beeping all the time announcing new tweets and Whatsapp messages and whatnot.
No so easily nowadays. Lego comes with huge numbers of very specialized pieces which are taylor made for that particular model. You can get the basic bricks but most Lego today is aimed at building one model and then playing with it rather than getting a pile of bricks and letting your imagination run wild.
Actually luckily that is not entirely true anymore. In the 1990s, just before the company almost went bankrupt they indeed had a lot of sets containing just a few pieces that you had to put together to make what was in the picture on the box. When Lego discovered that they were on the edge of bankruptcy they decided that they had to go back to what Lego made Lego: the brick. So they scrapped about 10000 bricks from their enormous database and started anew. Today Lego still makes specialized pieces for particular sets but they are usually small and not essential.
Sources: my own experience and the beautiful book Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry by Robertson, David and Breen, Bill (Jun 27, 2013)
That's why in the EU this kind of shenanigans is now illegal.
Here in the Netherlands people do that all the time.