electronics

The Story of Stuff: Electronics

This short film should be made mandatory watching for anyone who buys electronics! From their website :

The Story of Electronics, released on November 9th, 2010 at storyofelectronics.org, takes on the electronics industry’s “design for the dump” mentality and champions product take back to spur companies to make less toxic, more easily recyclable and longer lasting products. Produced by Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the eight-minute film explains ‘planned obsolescence’—products designed to be replaced as quickly as possible—and its often hidden consequences for tech workers, the environment and us. The film concludes with an opportunity for viewers to send a message to electronics companies demanding that they “make ‘em safe, make ‘em last, and take ‘em back.”

 

 

iFixit for-profit approach to solve this problem is pretty great — by making every device on the planet repairable, we save so many devices from being trashed.

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calling the electronics lazyweb

I want a system in which, when my headphone plug is accidentally yanked off the speakerset, the speakerset auto-mutes, instead of blaring loud african music into the perplexed ears of my hardworking fellow lab-mates.

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waterproof mobile strategy

In the last month, 4 people I know have martyred their cellular phones by either washing them with their clothes, leaving them out in the rain, or just plain dipping them in a bucket of water. No, I don’t know why the phone was dipped in the said bucket.

Maybe it is time to standardize on waterproof communications electronics. Or considering that all four people went on to buy new, more expensive phones for replacement; maybe this is exactly why our phones are so water friendly?

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good bad ugly

Oh man, I'm tired... Life is just so hectic these days. Let's try categorizing them:

Good: The TV's back. 2 days after it going kaput, Dad opened it up on the dining table, used the vacuum cleaner to suck out all the dirt, and replaced the fuse wire that had blown. Some of the advantages in life when your father is a news-and-cricket-hungry electronics engineer.

My birthday was a really cool day. My cousin sister called up all the way from Salt Lake City in the US - it was so cool to talk international! Then many other calls came in, IM messages popped up all over my computer screen. Woke up in the morning with a very happy mood (this doesn't happen too often), and Mom gives me a really sweet geeky birthday card. I come back after brushing my teeth, and there's a huge chocolate cake on my table! Mom had kept it in the fridge, and I hadn't noticed! Well, I got dressed and stuff, and blew out 20 candles. It was almost like blowing out an entire bush fire in one breath. Man, I feel old. Then I had cake and Payesh for breakfast. In the evening, went to Ashish's place, and from there we went to a school reunion / Valentine's / general party. We reached "fashionably late" (that's supposedly what people call 10:30 in the night). It was fun meeting all my school friends again.