‘Right to Repair’ Movement Fights Back Against Unfixable Devices

An interesting discussion on Michael Krasney’s Forum program.

” The “right to repair” movement is growing. A range of D.I.Y. groups offer classes and online instructions for how to fix everything from discarded clothing steamers to iPhones and Wi-Fi enabled refrigerators. But technology companies have resisted consumer efforts to repair increasingly software-dependent electronic goods, citing safety concerns. Advocates contend that even modern electronics can be repaired safely, with less waste and expense, if people have access to the proper tools. California Assemblymember Susan Talamentes-Eggman introduced a bill last year that would have forced companies to sell those tools, along with repair guides and replacement parts. The bill died in committee, but the push for a right to repair continues. ”

Hear it here: www.kqed.org/forum. Be sure to also read the comments.

March 13, 2019 Meeting

Good Old Fashioned “Random Access”

We will have a good old fashioned open meeting for discussion of various topics and your questions. Some of the topics to be discussed include:

  1. How to choose a new computer – from tablet to desktop
  2. Net neutrality – California has the toughest law, but is it enough?
  3. Backups – like New Year’s resolutions – are you doing them?
  4. Hacks and Hackers – new malware is everywhere.

As usual, the meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto and begins at 7PM. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our usual no-host pre-meeting dinner at 5:30PM in the Bistro Café on the first floor of the lodge.