Recently, iFixit announced that it was going to create easy manuals that would allow everyone to do some DIY repairs on their tech instead of just creating more e-waste. As iFixit's founder explains, e-waste is becoming a real problem in landfills everywhere.
A lot of our e-waste is shipped to developing countries, where they mine them for tech and usable stuff. They are being destroyed and salvaged because no one knows how to repair them. Kyle Wiens explains that in order to cut down our e-waste, iFixit is putting together a Wikipedia-like resource that will allow everyone to repair our electronic devices.
It's a lofty goal, but what does it mean for everyday people? What it means is that instead of throwing out a broken gadget or gizmo, you can try your hand at repairing it yourself using the manuals and information available at iFixit. We think that this is a great idea. It also makes you think about the constant need that we have in getting the latest tech and devices. We tend to either donate or resell our old tech instead of throwing it out.
I'm trying to fix the world, one gadget at a time. Kyle Wiens
Still, repairing electronic devices isn't easy, but if you take your time, have the right tools and knowhow, it should be possible for almost everyone.