Sometimes, things just break. Maybe it’s planned obsolescence; I don’t really know. But I don’t want to be wasting things just because they “seem” to not work anymore. Speaking of things not working, our toaster-oven (a Bravetti) recently stopped turning on. (You didn’t see that coming, did you?) Turning on the timer didn’t light the lamp, and didn’t electrify the elements. A bit of a problem when you want to toast things (pizza in a microwave just isn’t the same!
So, in case you were wondering, when it’s Mother’s Day, engineers don’t give gifts; they fix things! In this case, we have a 5-CD changer that was starting to have problems. Now sure, you might say that a computer would be able to save all the music from those CDs and more. But if you know engineers (or at least, myself), then you know we’d never throw away something that can still be salvaged (or at least kept for parts).