Good article on ethical/repairable options for smartphones. Of course the most ethical phone is the one you already have, but… good to see some interest in the repairability of newer phones. Teracube is interesting with their very reasonable flat fee for repairs for 4 years.
Right to Repair was included in the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan. This is great news – first steps towards making repair commonplace in Europe (again…)
Not that I’d recommend buying a new laptop (keeping an old one running is that way to go)… but for interests sake, according to iFixit HP EliteBooks are pretty repairable. So well done to HP on that.
Long live the machine – a great policy paper on things that the EU could do to force manufacturers to make laptops last longer.
Today I learned about ‘chip creep’ that used to happen on older PCs: a chip working its way out of a socket over time as it expanded and contracted from heating and cooling. And that a quick way to fix a motherboard with lots of creeping chips was to gently drop it on the table.
Got an old lappy I was hoping to fix up and donate. Problem is the battery, which is about £30-£40 for a replacement on eBay. You can get the laptop itself for about £80 on eBay. What do?
It’s a bit irritating when spares websites just sell the entire, brand new product. Not really what I’m looking for when I go to a spare parts website…
I took a set of digital kitchen scales to the local Restart Party yesterday, and had a go at fixing them with lots of great tips and advice from Gavin, a Restart volunteer. Couldn’t get them working, but I picked up some good tips in the process.
Great to see a manufacturer providing repair manuals. 9/10 on @ifixit for the HP Pro x2 http://ifixit.org/blog/9060/hp-pro-x2-612-g2-repairability/
Brilliant – a shopping mall in Sweden just for recycled and repaired goods. http://ifixit.org/blog/9106/sweden-recycling-mall/