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Offline AmigaNG

Right to Repair
« on: May 08, 2021, 10:49:07 PM »
So there a movement in the tech world on the Right to Repair, I just wonder what Amiga users feel about all this, I know Commodore did a pretty good job for the time they where about, I dont recall them doing any funny business like have custom screw heads made, or holding on to the chips supply or having software / the OS detect none compliment hardware, I look at the whole modding and hacking scene we have got in the Amiga world and it kind of make me sad that the new modern computers dont really have that.

Most Phones & laptops just 6 year ago you could easily replace the battery now that's no longer the case, I get it for some designs it might be very difficult or in practice to allow battery access but then there even stopping third party replacement parts I get it they can be dangerous or not as good quality control but it should be up to the end user of what they do with the device.

Plus who knows where this will lead in the future as more device get connected to the internet, or when all cars go electric. John Deere tractors story is maybe a glimpse of the future? ( https://www.vice.com/en/article/xykkkd/why-american-farmers-are-hacking-their-tractors-with-ukrainian-firmware )

Anyway pretty good video on it here where I feel the basic right to repair a item you own should be allowed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTbrXiIzUt4

Offline spudmiga

Re: Right to Repair
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2021, 11:28:24 PM »
Agree with you!


It is not just electronics but cars now as well. People used to be able to look after and maintain their vehicles, but with ECU's in all modern vehicles now, it normally means a trip to the dealer to get something diagnosed and repaired!
All electronics should be accessible with a philips or pozi screwdriver.


I also find the relentless pressing of the markets to connect EVERYTHING onto the Internet rather sinister. Seriously, why the hell does a Microwave need to be online?
Over-reliance on such infrastructure will inevitably lead to despair, when things go wrong. Keep things simple.


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Offline Ral-Clan

Re: Right to Repair
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2021, 02:16:01 PM »
The VIC-20 user's manual included specs for all the port pin-outs, and the reference guide came with the full schematics of the computer itself.
I suppose that one could argue that with the complexity of modern computers, this would not be feasible, but it shows how things have changed.

The Commodore 8-bit line (and to some extent the Amiga) were made to be tinkered with and hacked. The VIC-20 was in a way the Arduino of its day.
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