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Submission + - Fix that gadget or send it to the landfill? 3

An anonymous reader writes: There seems to be more attention being paid to fixing gadgets instead of sending them to the landfill. It may be because 10gb in your iPod is more than enough for any normal person, it may be a deep, abiding love for the environment or it may just be the price. The article mentions new sites like FixYa and old standbys like Macintouch . Practically every gadget has their own website devoted to helping owners help each other deal with problems that arise. I personally like AVS Forum for my living room needs.
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Fix that gadget or send it to the landfill?

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  • I still try to fix everything. I don't care what the problem is. I always figure it's worth a shot if I'm going to throw it away anyway.

    I'm glad to see there are still people out there trying to fix things and sharing their experience. I'm not a big fan of the disposable society. Not because of environmental reasons, just shear principle. Once I learn how to use a device and get used to having it, I don't necessarily like to be on some upgrade treadmill, I want to keep it because it makes my life bette
    • by unitron ( 5733 )

      Not because of environmental reasons, just shear principle.

      I believe you meant sheer principle, unless, of course, you were talking about repairing your tools for removing wool from sheep.

      The Go-Gos or The Bangles or somebody like that had an album years ago entitled "I could rule the world if I could only get the parts", which sums up my feelings about DIY repair rather nicely--you can't get parts and you can't get service manuals/schematics. Other than that it's a breeze.

  • People look at me funny (ok, there may be other reasons) when I take
    apart my MS Natural keyboard.

    If you've never taken one apart before, it's hard to appreciate just
    how well designed they are. They seem to have been designed for washing
    from the ground up.

    I unscrew and pull apart the shell and wash the key modules and shell
    in the sink at work. The rubber spring pads are also easy to clean. The
    microfiche type layers get wiped with a damp cloth and I set the whole
    thing out to dry on the vent.

    Yeah, a new keyboa

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