E-Waste: A Big Problem Needing Bigger Solutions

  In 1982, a family in the US bought a microwave oven. In 2012, thirty years later, the microwave was still working. In 2017, a young lady purchased an iPhone upgrade and a protective case. Four months later, with a splintered screen from a few bounces on the floor, the same young lady must purchase a new phone.

Reducing E-Waste through Repair Legislation - XS International

We're a proud member of the Repair.org association and an environmentally-friendly ITAD and IT Recycling Provider. What are some ways we can reduce electronic waste rather than being faced with companies illegally exporting toxic electronic waste (e-waste) to developing countries

Apple’s iPhone 6 Error 53 Powers the Right to Repair Movement

                In the recent weeks, consumers have been speaking out against an error that renders iPhone 6 unusable; error 53 is the way iPhone 6 responds if a third party repair vendor replaces the phone’s fingerprint sensor. Apple has programmed this error carefully to deter any end users from patronizing a non-authorized Apple repair vendor as the third party repair vendors have no way to sync the phone with the new fingerprint sensor.

Digital Rights to Repair Coalition Announces the Repair Association

This week, the Digital Rights to Repair Coalition announced they would be launching the Repair Association (http://www.repair.org), a hub for repair professionals and a voice for the entire repair community.

The Copyright Office Issues New DMCA Exemptions

David Mao, the acting Librarian of Congress who oversees the Copyright Office, issued a set of exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) prohibition on circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies; in essence, giving the public the right to tinker, fix, modify, and research of software flaws on certain devices with embedded software. Given the complexity of this exemption, DMCA will most likely need another overhaul in near future.

Buyer's Guide to Digital Electronic Equipment: No strings attached

Many products with digital parts are sold with “strings” designed to lock buyers into high-margin post-purchase contracts for such things as “Support”, “Maintenance”, and “Upgrades”.  Some contracts are so intertwined into the purchase that buyers are forced to replace fully functional equipment on a schedule dictated by the manufacturer.

This blog allows you to learn how you can protect yourself from policies that limit your exposure to hidden permission issues that threaten your right of ownership and create nonessential replacement costs. 

Hardware Maintenance in the Digital World

Hardware maintenance is a physical process.  When a connection is broken, severed, or jostled loose – someone must reconnect the wire. When a circuit board is damaged by heat or moisture, someone must replace the board to return the unit to service. None of this has changed since the ENIAC (1st computer) began the computer era.  The concept of logic gates created with plug boards are still in use – only the production method has changed to switch from very large wires to printing tiny wires into a silicon wafer.

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