here should be some info about "us"
i hope it's ok if i start ;-)
I want to start an offensive in Germany to get the idea of repair, saving resources and give a "no-go" to planned obsolescence". It will be great if some of the german users (like Markus...) can contact me so that we can concentrate our efforts for going to a better future! http://erhaltungsgesellschaft.de is "my child" and I want to start there with a german wiki for repair-tips and hints in all possible parts like cars, electronic, etc.
so, here comes a little bit about me ;-)
i try to fix almost everything that comes between my fingers. i work mostly on cell phones and saeco coffee makers. from time to time i fix notebooks with bga problems. but there is another thing i work on at the moment, i bought a real bakery oven a few weeks ago and now where having some fun in the neigbourhood (and some jobs to do at company parties and so on)
i fix many things for free, but not for everone - i have a few customers (cell phone and computer stores) - they surely have to pay - except for my ex boss at the nokia store - i worked there 8 yrs ago and if i need anything - i'll get it from him (great source for spare parts - let's not forget - most stuff i'm doing is component level repair and some sparparts are simply not on the "market")
i can't compete with the social engagement of other members.
i live in weisendorf, we don't have those extreme social problems here - but i'll try to teach others how to use a computer the right way (not just for chatting and so called social networks). but as always - i have way to little time to do all the stuff i want to do...
ps: if you can't get enough of that picture - click here for a larger version: CLICK
pps: btw - i bought the bakery oven on ebay for around 50$ - replaced a fuse for a few cent and it works great
I try to repair/rebuild at least one computer per quarter to give to a child who can't afford one. mayer has offered to help me in that endeavor.
Just delivered a rebuilt iMac G4 to the local Y kids computer lab. Trying to decide what next.
Well it turns out next is a project is a MDD G4. I have maxed the memory and added a USB 2 card. The unit checks out well and has been given to the Y kids computer lab--helps more kids for the buck.
My new primary will be a 2.4 GHZ Mini starting with 4 GB of ram but in time I will max the ram to 8 GB. I am saving my Thinkpad T 42 as a backup computer.
Update--The T42 will be given to a child after all. I just purchased a Pismo for my backup--always did like working on those.
The T-42 has been delivered to a child--working on some upgrades to my Pismo now.
That Pismo and a G4 DVI have gone to children and another Pismo will go in a week or so. I'll have to back off for a while to build up funds again.
OK I've picked up a IBM desktop for a good price and have just finished going through it and installed Mint Linux. Unit will go with a new keyboard/mouse and a copy of Mint Linux to a child when school starts in the fall.
Picked up a decent G4 iMac for $40 and a MDD G4 for $80 for my next projects for children.
The iMac and a G4 MDD are going to children this week.
I delivered my Powermac G5 to a local home for unwed mothers to be used to help train them in useful job skills. Purchased another Pismo for my backup machine.
I joined iFixit back in 2009. At the moment I do freelance technical support, but I plan on taking this to a more professional level when the opportunity arises. There are simply not many jobs that are available that fit my experience level.
I started to learn computer repair on all too common Pentium 4 systems. I started on these because I knew if I screwed up it wouldn't be the end of the world since there are so many of them I can simply replace it and start over. These are not as common now, but are still cheap if you want to learn on this hardware. I do not bother with them now (unless I have a special need for one) since they are not useful for much and take up space.
I realized I had a knack for tinkering when I was younger. At the time all of my friends where I used to live had Beyblades and the launchers were prone to jamming a lot due to being extremely cheaply built. Because they were so cheaply built and easy to find I decided to take a shot at repairing them, knowing nobody would care if I managed to break one. After the Beyblade trend started to die out in my circle of friends at the time, I shifted towards computers (which is where I kind of stand today). I still fixed the Beyblade launchers at the time but I was doing it at a much less regular pace. These days, I focus more on Linux since there is more potential for Linux with how cheap hardware is getting.
Some of my first major experiences were with Windows 98 FE, since it was so famous for crashing. As bad as Windows ME was, I'd argue that Win98 FE was far worse then ME ever was in a way. While I never experienced Windows ME, I did gain very useful experience from Win98 FE when I was 6. Win98 SE is a much better release of Win98, by far.