Stupid NTFS (or Win32 API) 259-character path length limitation. Why can't Windows be more like Linux/Unix, ie. good?
Actually you can go up to 32,767 characters (which is AFAIK more than *nix) as long as you're using the UNC name. See here
for more information.
But in practice that's not what happens, you try and expand a deep archive on your desktop and it fails. It's lame and was a constant annoyance for years...
after the washing machine broke down,
the dryer broke down,
the other washing machine broke down,
the car broke down...
what breaks down next? the f'**in coffee machine... I don't really care any more. I know there is no appeal for vendors to create durable stuff. They don't care for the inconveniences they impose on their customers as long as we keep replacing all the broken stuff... I remember times where one would repair stuff that is broken. No so much any more i fear...
I know you might not want to hear this but:
When my washing machine broke down it was the coupler (and this is the most common thing to go providing you didn't burn up the motor), the part is 20 dollars and a moron could do it with any half decent pair of pliers. I know because I did it, even found pictures on the internet of how to remove the outer parts of my machine (seriously my exact model).
The dryer, can't help you, but they're really simple inside, if you didn't burn up the motor you should be able to fix it (you probably could switch to motor too, it's just so expensive it might not be worth it).
Other washing machine: ditto.
The car, eh, it's weird in America we usually have places we can work on our own cars and Hayne's manuals are 20 bucks, parts stores are common and the staff knows what they're talking about. You really can do repairs yourself, it'll take you five to ten times as long as a guy with a shop, if you know very little, but you can do it for the price of a manual, wrench set, and parts. I can see that not being the case in lots of places over there. Still, some repairs are cheap and most people actually don't do the maintenance they should on their cars, therefor when shit breaks it's unexpected, whereas if you do your maintenance the chance you'll suddenly need a tow for a snapped belt is low. So, basically, do your maintenance, if you don't know what it is check with a dealer or a trusted mechanic, they'll tell you everything your car needs and how soon it must be done. Do safety issues NOW, everything else can wait a month or two for saving.
My coffee machine is a Cuisinart, it was 100 USD, but it won't break (though some hoses and filters need replacing every so often) and if it does, Cuisinart has got my back. The same goes for a lot of appliances, or even shoes, if you buy good stuff, it costs more in the beginning but lasts, should it not last the company will make it right at as low a cost as they can manage.
Sorry for the diatribe, I do take issue with the idea that no one makes anything to last, some companies do, and what's more most people can afford products from said companies most of the time. For the rest repairs are possible some of the time. You also feel really good when you repair something yourself.