Right to repair moves forward for your broken devices. But campaigners want to go much further – New rules mean certain electrical goods sold in Europe need to be repairable for at least 10 years. But smartphone and laptop owners can’t celebrate just yet.

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The people over at IFIXIT are doing great things in the fight for Right to Repair. Same goes for Louis Rossmann on YouTube.


Great, now do CARS next. Especially electric cars. Don’t let the manufacturers scare you. Just don’t be poking any screwdrivers through orange jacketed wires. You work on your house and it is full of wires that will kill you too. Your EV also shuts off the high voltage at the battery when it isn’t trying to drive somewhere. Companies like Tesla are using safety as an excuse to DRM lock you out of EVERYTHING. The door handle on your model S is DRM locked to the car. You can’t do shit. Bi-directional control 3rd party scan tools have been a thing for years for most every major manufacturer. A $200 foxwell scanner can access body modules, test hvac motors, anti-lock, you name it on most current cars. As a former mechanic, taking the ability away for people to repair their own cars is terrifying. Don’t fear DIY people, they know their car and are generally enthusiastic about them. Fear cars that aren’t maintained. And if low income folks can’t borrow a scan tool and fix their car they will drive that death trap until it falls apart on the highway and ploughs straight into your minivan full of kids. Do not let our repair culture die. People will die if you do. Far more than any electric car high voltage accidents. We WANT to generate a healthy car DIY culture, and now we have access to youtube and how to videos for anything. And if it wasn’t for working on cars, I never would have developed the skills to eventually start my own industrial automation company. Cars are by far the best thing the new generation can use as a learning tool. All the best apprentices I trained were self learners and all could handle an engine swap before they got to me. Every mechanically declined fuckwit who went to trades school and unwrapped their first shiny new tool set on the first day of their job failed miserably. I had a 100% success rate for picking out future apprentices just by looking at their tool box. Beat to shit and full of mismatched, worn, cobbled together over years tools? Oh ya, you’ll do fine. Shiny and new? Good luck.


I’ve got two just about brand new ASUS monitors that have dead input boards. ASUS won’t sell me new boards and want me to ship them back for repair. The monitors were $110 each. Sending them back would cost as much as a new one. I hope this happens, I grew up repairing things I’ve owned and I am tired of this throw away age we live in. I’ve got several things that I would like to repair but no way to get a service manual, Companies ignore emails when requesting tech data, “and have the nerve to ask to survey how they handled it” using unmarked proprietary chips. I think some of that stems from companies getting ripped off with cheap crappy knockoffs. I just repaired a Firewire audio recorder from Focusrite, they wanted me to ship it to someone and pay $80 for the first hour of labor to diagnose it. I repaired it with an $6 IC firewire chip from Mouser. I will say this, Tech of today is not as easy to repair as tech from 20 years ago and I don’t think some of these companies want to deal with someones fuck up.


I was thinking about how 10 years for consumer electronics (I’m thinking things with screens) is absolutely overkill. Which for phones and computers would def be. But then I just looked up at my 55” tv… and realized I’ve had that for 9 years, going on 10….. If it were to go out tomorrow, sure I may check eBay for a power supply board (I’m assuming that would be the point of failure on it) but I don’t think I’d lose any sleep if I had to go get a newer nicer tv (better colors/better refresh/higher resolution/larger)…. Edit: 10 may be overkill but I was just wondering about 5 or 8 years…. just putting the thought out there. And yes. I absolutely fix my own stuff, I think it’s important to be able to fix it… I just wonder how important it is for a supplier to be holding on to a 10 year old computer board.


Its really worrying with laptops as its increasingly common to solder components to the main board. Ram stops working or you want to replace? Whole new mainboard.