“Girls—to build a spaceship. Girls—to code the new app. Girls—to grow up knowing that they can engineer that.” And thus, came the new feminist anthem that rang across the internet. Over the last several months, a whole ‘lotta fuss has been circling around a viral commercial from GoldieBlox—a startup toy company with a line of products designed to encourage female engineers.
A teardown usually means a glimpse at the newest tech, but today we’ve got something even more special — a peek into yesteryear. January 24th, 1984 marks the date the original Macintosh computer went on sale; we felt there was no better way to celebrate its 30th birthday than for all to revel at its glorious guts. Don’t worry: no vintage Macinti were harmed in the making of this guide.
Since I announced to the world that I’m a Female Fixoholic back in September, my inbox has been pretty full. Apparently, people think I’m a repair expert. I don’t know how to fix everything, but I don’t think that makes or breaks me as a fixoholic. I’m a fixoholic because I learned not be afraid of fixing. I’m a fixoholic because—even when I fail—I’m not afraid to try, try again. Judging by the anxious emails in my inbox, I think that lack of fear is something most people, well, lack.
When you purchase a physical object, you don’t actually buy the software in it — that code belongs to someone else. If you do something the manufacturer doesn’t like — repair it, hack it, unlock it — you could lose the right to use “their” software in “your” thing. And as these lines between physical and digital blur, it pits copyright and physical ownership rights against each other.
We somehow managed to miss this brilliant TED Talk by Vinay Venkatraman when it came out, but it’s a great testimony to the ingenuity of tinkerers around the world. These people can hack together vital resources out of practically anything. In places where supplies are scarce, that can make all the difference in the world. Check out the full video on our blog.
The post-Christmas season is an e-waste high water mark in the United States. New computers, phone docks, wireless speakers, and watches under the Christmas tree crowd out the old(er) ones. What isn’t donated or recycled usually makes its way to the trash. And a recent study by the United Nations University and MIT has details on just how high our e-trash hoard is getting.
Not sated by our initial findings, we decided to take a second look at the seemingly innocuous fan assembly that caps the new Mac Pro. Tucked beneath one of the few plastic parts in this marvel of machined computing, we found the AirPort card and its custom adapter board nestled within a gold antenna array. The card itself is standard fare—the same module seen in recent iterations of the iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air—with support for the new ac wireless protocol.
This year, the iFixit team has launched the repair pledge. Thousands across the globe have already taken the pledge. They’ve committed to foster repair education, combat throw away culture, and stand up for our right to repair. Now, if adding another resolution to your list sounds a bit daunting—that’s alright. Diving into a repair can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. So I’m going to help you out: Here’s a list of 5 easy repairs to help you keep your repair resolution.
Beneath the surface, the Mac Pro’s compact, three-sided design is like nothing we’ve ever seen before—an example of what engineers can do when they think outside of the box. The Mac Pro is both small and repairable. In fact, it’s the most repairable Apple product we’ve seen all year. The hood pops off with the flick of a switch. There’s not a proprietary screw in sight. The RAM can be replaced without any tools. Impressively, the CPU is also user-upgradeable. Final repairability score: 8/10
There’s a reason why MacGyver never goes out of style. It’s because he’s awesome. This year, iFixit is asking everyone to be awesome, too. Awesome like MacGyver. Sign up for the Repair Resolution on our blog and exercise your right to repair. Accept the pledge, and we personally guarantee that you’ll save money, level up your tinkering skills, and impress all the hotties (That’s how it worked for MacGyver). Let’s fix the world together.
We modified a Canon PowerShot SX120 to detect infrared light, hooked up our new Xbox One, and pointed the Kinect at a white backdrop. And got…a bright patch of infrared light. One interesting finding: our camera’s viewfinder LCD sometimes showed the light source strobing, but a video had it solidly lit for the duration. Our best guess is that the Xbox One Kinect uses some combination of its three IR emitters with pulsed light for measuring distance.