@patience Building and repairing your own computer is a lost art. So is upgradable computing. And even then, I doubt that more than 0.1% of the global population have ever really enjoyed these parts of the computer owning hobby.
Can't wait to have to plonk down $700 on a Mac Mini so I can continue developing the two macOS apps I still maintain and even verify that the cross compiler works. Bonus: I get to blow off someone who actually donated to me, because they're running 10.8, and I was one of the last still updated audio players to still run there, and the latest Xcode drops anything less than 10.9.
@kode54 *repairing* hardware (i haven’t brought up “building”) is only a “““lost art””” if you don’t know how to do it yourself or aren’t willing to take your equipment to a repair shop
to engineer a computer to be completely non-repairable (“not modular”) is a conscious corporate strategy of flouting reusability, accessibility, and agency of personal ownership
it also jacks up waste streams, and it boosts the output of disposed equipment which will never be retrieved, recycled, and/or reused for new uses — instead ending up in a land impoverished previously by acts of colonialism, seeping into air, land, & water systems affecting all life negatively
there’s no way this closed-ecosystem/non-repairability model may be maintained over time w/o penalty, as tougher regulations around equipment life cycles are enforced in the tech industry
“right-to-repair” isn’t part of a “lost art” unless you’re down for that and you’re capitulating to a prevention of anti-trust action against, say, a tech entity like Apple
@patience Not really down for it, just saying that over a billion people would probably just do without tech rather than learn how to use something modular and bulky. Also I have yet to see a truly repairable smart phone, and that's what most people are making do with instead of actual computers these days.
@theyepman @kode54 a truly repairable phone is the ability for a repair shop or someone cosy with parts disassembly to source replacement parts (battery, OLED display, glass, USB port, power/control button, etc.) and to be able to replace faulty components, even if that requires some soldering (such as a USB port to logic board)
[the Fairphone is a truly modular design in the truest sense, in which anyone can replace/upgrade components without having to take it to a repair shop]
for a company (like Apple) to actively prohibit vendors from supplying replacement parts to anyone whatsoever *except* Apple is anti-competitive, anti-right-to-repair, and in the end compels users to spend unnecessarily on whole new devices instead of seeking to have fixed only the components which have failed in an existing device — thus jacking up the waste stream
this isn’t hard and this isn’t rocket science
it’s worked just fine for hardware for a very long time, even for smart phones — even, yes, my Nextbit Robin from 2015–16
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