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.
Ah, it’s that time of year again. The air is getting crisper. The days are getting shorter. The coffee is getting pumpkin spicier. And the repair, reuse, and recycling conferences are out in full force. Of course, iFixit is a repair and reuse organization. So, that means we’re gonna be hitting the road for repair. For the next month, our team will be at conferences talking about how we fix stuff and how you can fix things, too. Check the full conference schedule on our blog.
If you have a hankering to see the folks from iFixit discuss the merits of repair, reuse, and refurbishment, we’ll be at a couple of conferences in the coming months. We’d love to answer all your questions, live and in person. Get the list of conferences we’ll be participating in on our blog.
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We take freedom—both free as in speech and free as in beer—pretty seriously around these parts. So, we ring in Independence Day with a little something we like to call Liberation Week. Last year, as part of the festivities, we gave away 1,776 Liberation Kits. This year, we gave away 15,000 in just a couple of hours. Liberation Kits let people swap out iPhone security screws with standard Phillips screws, so they can open up their phones whenever they feel like it. Ain’t freedom sweet?
The Senate has made a strong positive step towards making sure that people have the right to unlock their cell phones.
If you haven’t picked up the new copy of Popular Mechanics, here’s another reason to do so: our co-founder Kyle Wiens contributed an article to the print edition! The article, “Why We Fix,” is a dyed-in-the-wool tinkerer’s explanation of why we do what we do—why repair, for us, isn’t just an action: it’s a state of mind and an amazing challenge. Pick up the magazine on any newsstand.
Hey, so guess what? We took apart the new-for-2014, $100-cheaper MacBook Airs, and found almost nothing new inside. Our spudgers get misty anytime a new device ends up on the teardown table, but this Air iteration was too uninteresting to warrant a full-blown (or even a half-blown) teardown. The sole change between last year’s and this year’s models: the 100MHz-faster processors—lovely Haswell units labeled SRT16T. We wrote a full set of repair guides for both new models anyway.
I admit it. I’m one of millions of Americans sporting a slick, wafer-thin cell phone. And, like so many others, I’m rarely (if ever) without it. But if we all knew a little more about our beloved smart phones—found out where they come from and how they’re made—we might discover a tarnish in the gleaming surface of our phones. Our smartphones actually aren’t all that smart: they’re harming workers, poisoning critical ecosystems, and challenging the premise that technology makes the world better.
There are a lot of reasons why I’m involved in repair culture. Repair makes me feel empowered, it helps me learn engineering, and it connects me to my things. But one of the best parts about being a participant in repair culture is getting to talk to fantastic people all over the world. You may be amazed at how vast and diverse repair culture is. You may be amazed at how many hackers, tinkers, reusers, and recyclers there are—people who are interested in making the world a better place. And in my job, I’m lucky enough to connect with all of them.
Are you going to Macworld? Because we are, and we’d like to meet you there. Macworld—held from March 27-29 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco—is the ultimate conference for Apple fans. It also happens to be one of our very favorite events—and this year we’ll be out in full force. We have three official Macworld events scheduled on Thursday, March 27th. Then, later that evening, we’re heading over to Techshop for an iFixit meet-up party. We’d love to see you at any, or all, of the events.