The folks at iFixit have made a name for themselves by posting high quality pictures showing what happens when you take apart gadgets including the Samsung Galaxy Tab, iPad, and MacBook Air. But the company doesn’t do it just to create gadget porn: They do it to find out how to fix these devices.
The site is kind of like instructables for hardware repair jobs, offering step by step guides for repairing everything from an iPhone to a car, with dishwashers, gaming consoles, cameras, PCs, and other items thrown in for good measure.
As such, it makes sense that iFixit is advocating for users’ right to repair the things they buy instead of trashing or recycling them or even having to send them back to the manufacture to be fixed.
This week iFixit is starting a campaign to get a exposure to a new Self-Repair Manifesto. The idea is that things you can repair can last longer, save resources, save money, and provide learning experiences. You can get a poster for a penny plus the cost of shipping or download your own.
Sure, the campaign is as much promotion for the iFixit web site as anything else — but that doesn’t mean that iFixit doesn’t have a point.
iFixit is a great site, I managed to replace a Macbook Pro LCD, replace a iPod classic hard drive, and repair the iPod classic jog dial with their references and tools.
We like iFixit. I was able to replace the hard drive in my 12 inch PowerBook and my son redo head sinking inside an XBox with their instructions (and in his case a kit of parts and tools from them). More power to ’em!!
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