It’s that time of year again! The Bay Area Maker Faire is this weekend—May 16th and 17th at the San Mateo Event Center. If you’re planning to be at the Faire, come find us and say hello! We’ll be sharing a booth with ARM in Zone 2. Our crew will also be wreaking havoc around the fairgrounds. If you see one of us wandering around in our white lab coats, stop us: we’ll have presents.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article for Wired criticizing John Deere’s assertion that farmers shouldn’t be allowed to access the programming in their own tractors—not even for the purpose of repair, modification, or diagnosis. The op-ed sparked a good deal of public furor—and apparently, John Deere felt the need to clarify a few things to its dealer network. See what they had to say on our blog.
This Star Wars Day, we have something truly special for you. Some might think this is a Jedi mind trick—or, worse, it’s a trap. Lay aside your cynicism, fixers, this is no April Fools’ Day prank. We procured a lightsaber through Endor’s eBay affiliate—it has travelled more than twelve parsecs to get here—and now, it’s time to tear it down.
At iFixit, it’s our mission to bring repair documentation into the 21st century: well written, beautifully photographed, always up-to-date, and usable by the modern worker in a variety of applications. Today, we’re proud to introduce iFaxit. It’s bleeding-edge technology: the world’s first on-demand repair guide delivery service using the most modern facsimile technology.
To get started, we invited our friend David Hoyt—Cal Poly Computer Engineering graduate and our local drone expert—to kick-start our Drone Repair section. David has built heavy lift octocopters to film with the RED Epic camera, autonomous drones, a rainbow drone, and on top of all that has built and flown drones for Hollywood shows. With his help, we made a full set of repair manuals for two of the more popular consumer drones out there—the original DJI Phantom, and the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+.
There’s a lot of fruit at iFixit. We have Apple repair guides, Apple teardowns, and Apple parts. We’ve even invented Apple tools. But there’s more to life than just Apples. Way more. So, we’ve been diversifying our diet: iFixit has gone Android—in a big way. We’ve just launched the first phase of Project: Android—and, going forward, we’re working to make sure that iFixit has the Android parts, guides, and tools that you’re looking for. (See what we did there?)
If you’ve ever been at the tail end of a line full of cranky, frenzied, mashed-potato-fueled Black Friday shoppers, you know: we’re a consumer society. Even after the holidays, exorbitant consumption is a year-round phenomenon—especially when it comes to electronics. But why is the allure of buying so irresistible—even if we don’t really need anything? If money burns a hole in our collective pockets, who exactly is fanning the flames? Meet the men whose job it is to make us spend.
Baby, it’s cold outside! Well, not for us. We live in California, where it’s a currently hovering at a balmy 60 degrees. But, for the rest of the country, winter has come! So grab your toolkits, roll up your repair sleeves, and get ready to fight the frostbite. We’ve gathered some helpful repairs to keep you warm for the rest of winter.
The air is crisp, the evergreen bedecked, and we’re all blissfully shoveling sweets into our mouths unchecked. It’s Christmas time! But we know the holiday season can also be the most stressful times of the year. All those pounds to gain! All those decorations to hang! All those gifts to find! We can’t help you with those first two—but we’ve got your gift quandary covered. We’re celebrating Fix-mas! We’ve got plenty of gifts that no fixer, hacker, or crafter on your list will be able to resist.
We cracked open some iPad Airs to get you some high-quality internal shots. Now you can: pretend you have X-ray vision, confuse friends and relatives, see inside your tablet while using it. 2015 is days away, and the future is now—thanks to your friends at iFixit. Happy holidays! Get ’em on our blog while they’re still hot. *Until supplies last.
Listeners tuned in for his sagely car advice, but they trusted him for his booming laugh. On Monday, Tom Magliozzi—who co-hosted Car Talk on NPR with his brother, Ray Magliozzi—passed away of complications stemming from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 77. Tom Magliozzi was both an amazing teacher and a captivating entertainer. And that’s because he approached cars the same way he approached life: with curiosity, exuberance, and joy. Certainly, the radio will seem a little less vibrant without him.