Welcome to Repair 2.0

April 22, 2010 Events, Site News — luke

Today iFixit is changing repair forever. Today — Earth Day, 2010 — we are launching a global repair community. Our goal? To teach every person on Earth how to fix every thing they own.

You know us as the folks who take apart new hardware and show people how to fix Apple products. We’re not going to stop doing any of that, but starting today we are going to massively expand our scope: We are relaunching iFixit as the free repair manual that anyone can edit.

Repair is stuck in the 20th century. Service manuals are almost never available online, and the few troubleshooting forums that exist are rife with spam and ad-baiting. Reliable parts suppliers that understand e-commerce are few and far between.

Making repair accessible to everyone is the best shot we’ve got at reducing e-waste and starting to make our high-tech lives sustainable. We can’t keep throwing away cell phones every 18 months! We need to get every last bit of functionality from the things we own before we toss them aside.

What if everyone had free access to a repair manual for everything they owned? How much longer would our things last? Our mission is to give people the information, parts, and tools they need to make their things work as long as possible.

We showed our vision to officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, and they were ecstatic. Andrew Fanara, Product Development Team Leader for the ENERGY STAR Program, commented that “the EPA would like to see more done about the growing e-waste problem, and iFixit has a novel, community-driven approach to make electronics work longer. We are encouraged by their solution, and are looking forward to observing the environmental impact of iFixit’s platform.”

Join us, and together we’ll fix the world!

33 Comments

  1. Fantastic initiative! And you are the right people to pull it off. Congratulations and best of luck.

    Comment by Chris Walker — April 22, 2010 @ 6:47 am

  2. What you purport to do embodies the essense of the Internet, what makes it so valuable to all of mankind. Best of luck with your initiative!

    Comment by arw — April 22, 2010 @ 7:22 am

  3. Excellent. Fixing stuff is much better than buying new stuff. Maybe that “Great Pacific Garbage Island” won’t grow larger when we fix things instead of discarding them!

    Comment by Charles Mawby — April 22, 2010 @ 8:59 am

  4. Thank you! I’ve never been an Apple fan, though I’ve come here several times for fix-it guides for my Wife’s iPod touch. I now have a reason to come by more often. If I can contribute, I would love to do so. When I stumble across things that I can submit guides on, I will do so.

    Thank you for opening this up to the rest of the fix-it-yourselfers out here!

    Comment by J.B. — April 22, 2010 @ 10:41 am

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  6. I take my hat off to you.
    This is something we have needed since the first device was built.
    Let’s try to end this disposable culture that surrounds us.
    I will add my fixes as they occur.

    Comment by Denford Berriman — April 22, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

  7. Instant fan.

    Comment by Ghosty Kips — April 22, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

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  9. Brilliant idea and initiative. I agree with Denford Berriman – it is something that was needed since the first device was built… My goal: a tear-down of a mechanical typewriter… talk about parts! This is ‘home’ at last… :D

    Comment by Thomas White — April 23, 2010 @ 1:14 am

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  11. I’m excited about this initiative. I was thinking that people of freecycle.org could be interested in this. I’ll suggest to those who are subscribed to a freecycle community to send a mail with the ifixit.com link.

    Thanks from Italy.

    Comment by Matteo Visconti — April 23, 2010 @ 7:03 am

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  13. I just read the article that Ars Technica did entitled, “Fixing the planet: iFixit wants repair manual for everything.” Thank you so very much for doing this!! I had thought about it many years ago when the web use was still just FTP sites and chat rooms! THANK YOU for this GREAT service to the world!!!!!

    Comment by John Long — April 23, 2010 @ 9:14 am

  14. Great job.
    I’m also excited about it. I hope the project gets bigger and bigger so we all get involved.
    Our plant can not afford any longer low cost electronics that last for a couple weeks and go direct to garbage.
    Anything we can do just ask!

    Thanks form Barcelona. Catalonia.
    Pau

    Comment by Pau — April 23, 2010 @ 10:17 am

  15. My electronics instructor (1994-1996) was always discussing how our world has become a “throw-away culture” and how he was concerned about the “death of the television repairman”. He even pointed out that he never upgrading his home stereo from the 70′s because he could find the parts at “Radio Shack” to fix it whenever it failed. Due to manufacturers choosing to integrate amplifier chips without retaining the necessary stock for repair this became very difficult (if not impossible) on most items from the 80′s up. Proprietary chipsets and unmarked IC’s became commonplace as did the practice of not allowing schematics to be released while the item was still in production.

    Until now I had no hope of this ever changing. This site can change the problem. I plan on doing what I can to contribute.

    Not only do we have to fix everything we can but also we as a people cannot buy any item that has to be replaced in a year. You have to make the choice not to get every generation of a product (iPod, iPhone, etc) as well as pressuring companies to create upgradable hardware, firmware, etc. You should never have to send an item to the manufacturer to get the battery changed…nor should a company plan on that item being obsolete by the time the battery needs changing.

    Keep fighting the good fight! Reduce, Recycle, Reuse (or re-purpose)

    Comment by Chris — April 23, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

  16. Congratulations for your noble endeavor! In my part of the world, by necessity, things get thrown away only after so many re-incarnations. Recycling to save the earth (ourselves, really) is the term we use now but here we just call it being practical. I hope to contribute my share to making iFixit a success and the world a better place for my grandchildren to live in.

    Comment by Carlitos — April 23, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

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  22. Great news! I’m a fan!

    Comment by JB — April 25, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

  23. Good Karma on you!!
    Well done,

    Paul

    Comment by paul — April 26, 2010 @ 5:07 am

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  25. gee, do you have a manual on husbands?

    Comment by Annie McCarthy — April 27, 2010 @ 7:33 am

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    Comment by Sport Almanac — May 18, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

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  30. A Quite interesting article . Every time i check your website i read a original perspective . Furthermore , as a fresh developer, i should mention that the structure of your website rocks . Can you post the name of the theme . I find it hard to choose among all these themes and widgets.
    Cheers .

    Comment by Kizzie Guin — November 5, 2010 @ 9:18 am

  31. Good work! I’m a big fan of the website and the idea! Keep it up!

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