It’s very nice to put such concepts on the table. To have an idea, and use some relatively inexpensive equipment and software to put everything together and make it look professional. Thumbs up, both for the implementation of the videos and the concept of the device
Why are we so wasteful? And why don’t we repair anything anymore? I remember a time when people tried to repair anything that got broken, and did not only consider a broken device as an opportunity for justifying buying a newer model. Heck, since I took my first Physics classes I started fixing whatever I got my hands on. Of course, I’m referring here to electrical devices. One of the first things I fixed was a record player, then came vacuum cleaner, and so on. Parts were never an issue, as most complications these older devices would create would require a quick fix.
Later, I even started asking my parents friends if they have broken devices in the house that I could try and fix. One of the first borrowed devices was a rechargeable flashlight that did not hold its charge anymore. I remember it vividly: I took it home, opened it, made some changes to the wiring, and plugged it in the power socket just to immediately blow out the fuse for the entire building. Whoops! But this is how you learn, and learn I did form this experience. I even went back to my Physics teacher to be sure I understood my mistake.
Nowadays, things are not so easy anymore. Sure, devices are much more complicated and even over-engineered. Everything seems to be electronical instead of electrical, even irons or vacuum cleaners. But at the same time, it seems companies don’t make these devices based on the same principles as previously: durability, flexibility, support for spare components.
There are so many examples, but I guess Apple products are as good as any. This article highlights what I’m talking about. It’s not only frustrating not to be able to change components (especially in a computer), but it’s also extremely unfriendly to the environment. I mean, what good does it do to use recyclable materials if you have no way of recycling them?
I’m a ferm believer that the past can offers us opportunities for rediscovering ourselves, be it by its teaching or by its ways. In the same way that knowing your family tree tends to define at least how you see yourself and what your role in the world is, looking at the way we have done things over the decades, simply knowing about the various methods, lets us get an overview and also position our current ways on a map of habits. Not all previous approaches to work, or to device and repair might be acceptable in our current society. But in a world of renewable energy and the appearance of caring for the planet and our legacy, it seems we owe it to ourselves to think about how we could reuse (especially functional) resources we have, and not just get trapped in a consumerist mentality. Self-analysis and analysis of our world can give us some insight about our nature, about how and why we react as we do to shopping impulses and new shinny devices.
Plus, I’m sure there’s still a lot to be said for repair. People need to experience the fun in putting a puzzle together and manding something. So, I’d like to end with a message for everyone who has never tried to fix something (it can be something simple, like a hook that needs to be glued back on the bathroom wall):
Yes, they finally did it. Adobe realized that the Flash Player will probably never be adapted for all the major mobile platforms, so now they are turning to HTML5. But that’s not the end of it. They will still develop Adobe AIR, with which one can recompile Flash applications for platforms like iOS.
Recently, Steve Jobs has sadly passed away. And this has been extensively covered by the media. At the same time, people from every possible branch and with widely varying backgrounds seemed to describe him as a genius of our times. Well, I’m not sure about that, but I also don’t want to talk without knowing the person or having sufficient information…
But contrary to great minds – of our times or from the past decades – that I consider remarkable people that really changed something, I’m not sure Steve Jobs legacy is… well, of the same type. And I think this is best explained in this article.
What if your MacBook screen would be touch sensitive? What if it would be multi-touch enabled? Ok ok, the iPad is already there, but what if you would need this functionality on a MacBook or Mac? And what if you would like to control your computer remotely? Well…
Nice idea. Use your iPhone as a touch interface for your Mac. Why not? I wonder if it would make sense to do any presentations like that… maybe I try at my next talk. You can find more details here.