The main problem I see is that everything is locked into proprietary systems; things would be a lot better if you could open them up and make them use your own system, or anybody else's. As they are, they're almost always black boxes, and once the end shuts down it's game over. The problem is some of it is really nice (like the Hue bulbs we have, or the Nest) but even then there's no promise they will continue working.
Nintendo Wifi Connection (and online services in general) are not terribly far from the main content of this thread, I think. There's just nothing you can do in those cases when the servers go offline, only because the people who created it can't or won't release the tools needed to keep it alive.
(Often because, who would buy the new shiny toy if they could keep using the old one?)
I threw out the 4 PCs whose hard drives I yanked, so they're just gone forever now. It was a little easier than I had expected, but I'm still a little sad about it; maybe it was just because there wasn't much of my own on any of them...
Originally posted by TaraleXkeeper was just saying in the Surveillance Capitalism thread about internet-connected devices that die for various reasons. ? gave the Pebble as an example.
Also, on the subject of the Pebble, if nothing else, they kept it going, if I recall correctly. There are no more updates for it any more, but all of the servers and stuff are working, or at least working enough to not break the watch.
Somewhat related: I fucking hate smart TVs. Ours runs Android and it crashes and does weird stuff that just makes it unreliable. We don't run Netflix or anything through it and it still manages to screw up.
Smart TVs are a huge mistake, and it's far better to just have a device that plugs into it to handle all the "smart" bullshit. The problem is that those are rapidly getting assimilated into the TVs themselves and sucking badly.
See also: sorry, you can't use your TV because it's updating, hope your WiFi works.
The only time I log out of a website is when it forces me to (banks, etc) and even then I always use "remember me" and enable autocomplete. I tried to get out of that habit with a password manager, but it's just a huge pain in the ass, and if I can save a few seconds here and there not having to repeat things on the computers I always use, so be it.