We don’t usually write about local news, but we recently hosted such a fun event that we had to share our experience.
iFixit is proudly based in the Central Coast of California — about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. We’re located here not just because the geography is amazing, but also because of the vibrant (and fun) local business and technology community. One event that we really enjoy attending is the San Luis Obispo Tech Brew, an informal monthly meeting of locals at Mother’s Tavern.
This month we hosted the Tech Brew meeting. We asked everyone to dig their old iPods out of their hiding places in drawers and closet shelves, with the intent of giving them a new life by replacing the battery. We brought a bunch of free iPod batteries and laptops for viewing our online repair guides.
The repair session was a smashing success! Six people successfully repaired their iPods: three iPod Minis, a 3rd Generation, a 4th Generation, and a Photo. The most enthusiastic person at the event was a daughter of one of attendees, who brought her iPod Photo. The iPod had been completely comatose for over a year, and had been stashed in the back of her dresser drawer. We told her that it was easy to repair, but that she’d have to fix it herself. She didn’t hesitate for a moment; she grabbed some iPod opening tools and immediately started cracking open her iPod. Luke helped by pulling up the instructions and pointing out the tricky parts.