iFixit.org — The People Who Are Fixing the World — is a new project by the talented and helpful team at iFixit.com, the ‘free repair manual you can edit.’ I have used iFixit to get detailed instructions on upgrading our Macs and it’s been a really useful resource. You can find repair guides for all kinds of things—including game consoles, automobiles, cameras, household items and more. They have a free repair manual app for iPhone and iPad so you can download guides right from your mobile device.

On ifixit.org, we’ll be writing about the problems caused by our throwaway culture. [...] We’re going to profile repair gurus and share why people fix things.

They are also working on a documentary: Fixers, a film about repair. I’m looking forward to this.

Posted: January 20th, 2012
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A Brief History of Computing Platforms

For a fascinating illustration of the trend towards mobile computing, check out the short video (28 sec) below showing the history of some popular computing platforms, starting in 1975 and running up to the present. It includes some oldies like the TRS-80, Amiga, Atari, NeXT and Apple II as well as the now familiar Windows PC, Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad.

Originally posted in The Rise and Fall of Personal Computing, an excellent bit of analysis by Horace Dediu at Asymco.

Note the last few seconds of the video where Android, iPhone and iPad rocket to the top.

Posted: January 18th, 2012
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