Keurig’s decision to release a coffeemaker that won’t brew “unlicensed” coffee is the most spectacular corporate blunder we’ve seen in some time. After their CEO let slip that the company is working on a coffee bot that won’t accept off-brand K-cups, the internet exploded in a hot ball of righteous fury. And Keurig’s parent company Green Mountain Coffee rode the wave of public vitriol with all the grace of a warthog riding a surfboard.
I’m in the heart of Big Sur—a massive region of mountain and forest in Central California—and it’s my first time backpacking. And I’m prepared. I have a hodgepodge of belongings including a tent, a water filter, and an extra pair of socks. But also strapped to my back are three packs of sugru. Despite my novice efforts to trim every unnecessary ounce off my pack, I brought the self-setting rubber for two reasons: A) I wanted to put some of sugru’s wilderness hacks to the test, and B) working at iFixit has taught me that when things break—which they inevitably do—it’s best to have a tool around. Here’s the tale of my 20-mile, weekend backpacking trip—and why sugru made me a backpacking boss.
Keurig is releasing a new coffee-brewing system later this year that the company says will give users “game-changing performance.” And the system is, indeed, game-changing—but for all the wrong reasons. The new coffeemaker will have the unique ability to lock owners out for using off-brand coffee pods. Well, that’s one way to deal with the reusable, third-party coffee pods that have been nipping at Keurig’s bottom line.
Almost a week ago today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that could make unlocking legal again. Unfortunately, the resulting Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (H.R. 1123) has been so neutered by special interests that consumers would probably be better off if it had not passed at all.
We took a look inside the Z820 to see just how it measures up to Apple’s new tower of power, the Mac Pro. So, what did we find? In short, everything we’ve ever asked for from a manufacturer: Super-easy access to common repairs, upgrades, and maintenance; great modularity; and a comprehensive set of repair manuals available free of charge. 10/10 repairability score, would tear down again. It’s not often that we hand out a perfect score, but it’s well-deserved today.
Tomorrow, the House will vote on the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (H.R. 1123). If made law, H.R. 1123 will—at least temporarily—reverse the Librarian of Congress’s decision to ban cell phone unlocking. And while the bill has a good shot of passing, a number of groups that once supported the bill are now opposing it—including iFixit.
Hey, what are you doing on Thursday? Because you should cancel whatever lame dinner plans you have and come hang out with us instead. Join resident repair guru Gwendolyn Gay and iFixit co-founder Kyle Wiens for our first ever live Q & A with iFixit on Thursday at 4:30 PM PST. We’ll talk about anything you want to talk about. How to fix your washing machine, Apple, smartphone durability, your Right to Repair…whatever—if it’s repair-related and you’re interested in it, the topic is on the table.
Fixing modern cars requires special diagnostic tools and official service information—information that some manufacturers don’t share with independent technicians. But all that is changing. Automotive Right to Repair just became a nationwide policy, thanks almost exclusively to voters in Massachusetts. Back in 2012, they passed the first Automotive Right to Repair Bill in the nation. Last month, industry groups announced the law would become the basis of a national right to repair policy.
Here at the iFixit offices, most of us Reddit… hard. And while the “front page of the internet” is great for aww-some animal gifs, it can be a good resource for other things, too. There are around 70 million users on Reddit every month, and they can teach you how to make, build, hack, and fix just about anything—you just have to know which subreddits to look in.
When there’s a laptop on every desk and a smartphone in every pocket, it’s easy to forget that about one-third of the world’s population doesn’t have access to the internet. About 1.2 billion people around the globe don’t even have access to reliable electricity. So, the amazing educational resources that come hand-in-hand with technology are cut off from many of the world’s children. OLPC makes a rugged laptop that gets these kids online and learning; we are helping them repair it.
During one of the most anticipated evenings of (male-centric) American sports, little girls everywhere stood up and demanded attention. GoldieBlox—a start-up company that designs engineering toys for girls—won Intuit’s Small Business, Big Game challenge. After beating out the large pool of 1,500 contestants, they received a coveted 30-second-spot during the Super Bowl XLVIII (a reported $4.5 million PR value).
Hey, are you a hardcore Windows fan? And a hardcore fixer? We’ve got just the thing for you. We released an iFixit app for Windows 8 and 8.1. Get thousands of iFixit’s trusted repair manuals right on your Windows device. On the app, you can browse through our collection of teardowns, find repair instructions for your laptop, learn to sew a patch your jacket, and more. Our clear step-by-step instructions and in-guide videos will keep you on track during even the most complicated of repairs.