April 21, 2016

"If you simply put some maintenance into electronics as you would a car, you can stay happy with your gadgets for years."

NY Times: It is part of a movement of anti-consumerism, or the notion of cherishing what you have rather than incessantly buying new stuff. By BRIAN X. CHEN

'Signs of this philosophy are spreading: Industry data suggests that consumers are waiting longer to upgrade to new phones than they have in the past. So in observation of Earth Day on Friday, Mr. Lai and Kyle Wiens, the chief executive of iFixit, a company that provides instruction manuals and components for repairing devices, offered their advice on getting the most mileage out of a smartphone, tablet and computer.

'IFixit offers instructions for replacing batteries, installing drives or adding memory to Apple, Windows and Android devices — but you wouldn’t be alone if you froze in fear after reading all the steps. You could always use company support services, like Apple’s battery replacement programs, or the Best Buy Geek Squad, or hire an independent fixer.

'Fixers are generally easy to find on sites like Yelp. Just make sure you pick a reputable one who uses good parts. J. D. Biersdorfer, a consumer tech writer for The New York Times, profiled several repair services last year, including NYC iPod Doctor, which offers a mail-in program for repairing laptops and Apple devices.

'“A phone can last for a very, very long time if your needs aren’t extraordinary and if you take care of it,” Mr. Lai said. Recently some of the keys on his Treo keyboard gave out, so he put tiny pieces of electrical tape over them. Now he just presses them a little harder to get them to work.'

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