We stopped by the European Parliament in Brussels to show some folks there how to fix their phones. The repair-focused showcase was part of massive effort to put Europe on the path to a circular economy—an economic system where materials are designed to recirculate back into the marketplace at the end of their lives. In fact, the European Parliament is considering taking some legislative measures that would reduce waste—including e-waste.
Every tinkerer is an accidental environmentalist. Every fixer is waging an unwitting war against waste. Even if you repair just because you’d like to save money, even if you fix just because you enjoy it—when you fix something, you’re engaged in a small act that has much larger ecological significance. So says the President and CEO of outdoor clothing company Patagonia.
This morning, Copyright Office decided which of your own devices are legal to investigate, modify, and hack—bringing a close to our year-long saga of legal gunslinging, negotiation, fact finding, hearings, and deliberation over US copyright law. Along with a coalition of activists, recyclers, and legal clinics, were able to overcome the objections of manufacturers and secure exemptions for repairing tractors, cars, and tablets.
Unfortunately, the iFixit app is no longer available through the App Store. Apple sent us a developer’s unit of the Apple TV, and we tore it down—which technically violated their terms and conditions, so they closed our developer account which resulted in our app being pulled from the App Store. Oops. We apologize if you’ve been inconvenienced. The good news is that we’ve put a lot of work into our mobile site. You can still get full functionality from iFixit on an iOS device.
Geoffrey Fowler has a friend with a Samsung TV that inexplicably stopped working halfway through a movie. Geoff’s friend thought she had no other option than to replace it. Geoffrey—a writer with Wall Street Journal—wondered what it would take to fix the flat screen TV. And so, he went down the repair rabbit hole.
It’s our mission to teach the world how to repair everything they own. But a successful repair often hinges on consumers having access to quality replacement parts. And all too often the right parts just aren’t available—to anyone. No part, no repair. No longer. iFixit is partnering with ERI—the largest recycler of electronic waste in the world—to make repair possible for gadgets of all kinds. Together, we’re working to keep as many electronics as possible in use and out of landfills.
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.