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We live in a world of planned obsolescence.
Not only are our devices designed to fail — whether through cheap hardware, or through mandatory software upgrades that don't work on your old machine — but they’re designed to stop you from saving them when they do. Bizarre seven-sided screws and cheap plastic clips hold our electronics together, wrapped inside seamless metal casings that can't be opened without severe damage.
Video: There are so many moving parts in a saxophone (like hundreds of 'em!) and so many holes and so much going on in the instrument that it always needs tinkering and adjustment so it's no wonder that Steve Goodson, legendary saxophone designer and restorer, is basically considered a magician for what he does. Anthony Bourdain shares his meeting with Goodson in the latest episode of Raw Craft below.
Knowing the difference between HDMI and USB qualifies me as the local tech "expert", so folks often invite me around to fix their computer problems. I'll let you into a little secret though: Most of the time, I'm not doing anything all that impressive or magical. Troubleshooting basic computer problems is actually pretty straightforward.
The other day I went to the Apple Store to pick up my computer and I felt like a celebrity. The person assigned to help me ran over and asked enthusiastically if I was Lily Newman. I nodded and immediately assumed that he recognised my name from Gizmodo and was about to tell me how quippy and brilliant I am. Because that totally happens to me all the time. Instead he produced my laptop, grinned at me, and said, "This laptop had so much wrong with it."
When a group of iPhone 4 owners realised their screens were broken, they did what angry American mobs do best, and rallied together for a class action to take Apple to court. They sued over misrepresentations allegedly made by Apple in relation to the strength of the device's screen glass. Today, these idiots and their case were thrown out of court faster than you can say your favourite expletive.
There are a lot of lazy ways I'll avoid dealing with one gadget problem or another: I stream all my TV shows through my iPad because I can't get around to setting up the 17-inch Sony that's been boxed up in my closet since I moved apartments last summer. When one lamp stops working — and I don't mean the bulb goes out, I mean there is something wrong with the lamp itself, a chronic situation I'll save for another post — I'll put off seeking repair and make do with a dim desk area.
Now that HP's practically giving TouchPads away, iFixit has released their full suite of repair guides for the dying tablet, along with a webOS app for your servicing needs. If you got one before they sold out, you'll need this.
Getting a spare part has got to be the biggest pain in the arse known to the IKEA-loving world. But one man, who goes by dscott4 on Instructables, has stepped up.