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Could this be the most disgusting computer that ever computed?


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."


Even if it doesn't come with 470HP and Wi-Fi connectivity, your car is the biggest and most expensive gadget you own. And unless you trade your vehicle in as often as your MacBook, keeping that ride in peak operating condition is absolutely vital to keeping repair costs down over its lifespan.


Duct tape solves just about any problem -- at least for a little while. Busted bumpers, cracked bins and an endless list of other household fractures can be repaired with duct tape. But how did we come up with this miracle on a spool? And what makes one product so good at so much home improvement?


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.


Fixing a hole in a road should be easy -- but the fact that our nation's highways are littered with potholes is testament to the fact that it's not quite as straightforward as it sounds. But a new solution, inspired by silly putty, could make our streets much smoother in the future.