— With the recent news that Apple’s new computers are harder to repair, Jaymi Heimbuch explains why despite this trend, the future is #DIY, whether the big tech companies like it or not.
"Looking back, I underestimated the risks. The planet and the atmosphere seem to be absorbing less carbon than we expected, and emissions are rising pretty strongly. Some of the effects are coming through more quickly than we thought then."
"The AP reports that US production of oil and other liquid hydrocarbons is set to rise 7% this year, marking the fourth straight year of increased production—so much for the Republican notion that the Obama administration has been anything but supportive of the oil industry. It’s the biggest gain in a single year since the early 1950s."
"DIY is not just for people who like to get hands on with products. It is a state of mind — a state of being — that alters culture and economy. It is the root of sustainability in technology. And it is the root of freedom, of independence from companies like Apple that happily erode the environmental integrity of products and try so diligently to strip self-reliance from makers. DIY is a way to take back our gadgets, so to speak. It is not just for makers and hackers, it is even for people who prefer not to dive in to their devices and rather hand over their old gadgets to someone — a neighbor or local repair shop owner — who can fix or reuse them."