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    Nebraska, USA
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    I've been into computers and all things tech my whole life, I work for a local electronics retailer where I sell consumer electronics, head up the phone and computer repair department, and IT
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    Sale, repair, and IT

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  1. That is one way to look at it, but it'll mean less waste. Their acquisition of icracked leans more for the repairability of phones and computers. Apples among the worst when it comes to repair ability and their active lobbying against the Right To Repair.
  2. Long time lurker, sorry in advance if I mess up the formatting. The following is the article, original source can be found at the bottom. Allstate, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States, just made a curious purchase. Through its subsidiary SquareTrade, the insurance giant bought iCracked, one of the largest independent smartphone repair companies in the country. The acquisition means that Allstate has become one of the most powerful proponents of right to repair legislation in the United States. According to Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of Repair.org, which is pushing for the legislation, the company has already loaned a lobbyist to the effort in New Hampshire. This is potentially big news for the right to repair movement, which is trying to get laws passed in 15 states this year that would make it easier for independent repair professionals to get repair tools and parts for consumer electronics. Thus far, it’s been largely a grassroots effort from organizations like Repair.org and iFixit. Companies such as Apple, John Deere, Facebook, Microsoft, and trade organizations that represent huge tech companies have used their considerable political power to lobby against these bills. But Allstate’s purchase of iCracked is a potential gamechanger. iCracked is a giant chain that does a lot of third party repairs. A change in the laws would benefit it, and now Allstate, as much as the average consumer. “iCracked has been a major supporter of right to repair, and we really appreciate their valuable contribution to the fight for freedom,” Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, told me in an email. “I’m optimistic that this partnership will elevate the visibility of the work that we’re doing together.” I reached out to SquareTrade to see where it stood on the right to repair. “SquareTrade continues to work with manufacturers as well as the independent repair community,” Jason Siciliano, VP and Global Creative Director of SquareTrade told me in an email. “As this issue evolves, we will maintain good relationships and continue to listen to the key players on all sides of the debate and will work towards sensible solutions whether they are led by the industry or regulators.” Even before the acquisition, Allstate has been a powerful ally to the right to repair movement behind the scene. “Allstate has been very helpful to us,” Gordon-Byne told me. “They have loaned us their lobbyist in New Hampshire.” New Hampshire is a state on the forefront of the right to repair movement. The state legislature is currently considering HB 462, a bill drafted with help from Repair.org, that would require electronics manufacturers to provide the owners of independent repair businesses with access to manuals and replacement parts. Allstate, the fourth-largest insurance company in the country, is an ally the movement is happy to have. "Right now, the struggle on right to repair is us Davids versus a whole slew of Goliaths,” Nathan Proctor, the Director of the Campaign for the Right to Repair at US PIRG told me in an email. “In the end, even if some larger companies support the right to repair, the reason will end up winning is because legislators hear from their constituents, if more Davids join in, and make their voices heard.” Allstate and iCracked did not respond to a request for comment. Original article here: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nex3dz/insurance-giant-allstate-buys-icracked-phone-repair-company-joins-right-to-repair-movement?utm_source=mbfb
  3. So I've got a system that I use for my Plex and Minecraft server. Allot of my friends play on Minecraft and use the Plex server. I'm not always home and I don't always have access to remote management software so I was wondering if there's a way with pulseway to create some sort of website widget to shown the current CPU, Network, RAM, and disk uses. This why anyone could monitor to usage of the server and see when it's being overloaded. Or something other pulseway, anything really.
  4. Following proper guides, like what iFixit provide will help many average joes to do it properly. Like I said before, it's more 3rd party repair shops behind this movement, there are many components, especially on the iPhone that cannon be replaced by a normal consumer, or a experienced repair tech, like myself, only Apple has the equipment to do so. It's called hardware and software locks. Fingerprint scanners, GPUs on the MacBook, baseband, etc. There are many other companies that do similar practices, Apple is the worst. The inability to get proper parts, schematics, board views, that's what makes it even more difficult or impossible Just take a look Luis Rossmann! Linus did a video with him, he has a lot to say on the topic.
  5. That's where 3rd party repair tech and shops come in, they (we) are the ones behind this movement.
  6. I'm afraid it's much more than Tractors, and John Deere. Apple is a pretty bad one at that. https://repair.org/
  7. Can you give me a link? Every time there is news, I hope to hear it on WAN show, but nothing.
  8. Yup, and it's a worldwide thing. Same devices, same companies, same issues.
  9. The fight for the Right to Repair continues! As many as 12 states in the USA have brought forth bills to force manufactures to create more repairable products, no software locks, and create a less disposable world. I actually did a video on this, but I can't post it here since it promotes another channel. Companies like iFixit, one of the voices behind the Right to Repair movement, and a sponsor of LTT, will (and do) rejoice at news like this. Oddly enough, Linus Tech Tips has never mentioned anything about the Right to Repair movement, kinda frustrating actually. Either the don't care, (which I doubt) or one of their sponsors has them in a contract to not mention it. I'd encourage them to end the relationship. EU lawmakers call for a right to repair electronic equipment https://www.cio.com.au/article/621424/eu-lawmakers-call-right-repair-electronic-equipment/?utm_medium=rss&utm_source=taxonomyfeed
  10. I'm not, my last post got removed for some reason.
  11. Odd, my last post got removed or something. There is a topic that I've noticed LTT never mentions, and that is the ability to repair devices, stuff like phones, especially iPhones! I decided to make my own channel to talk about just that! Sorry for the click bait title! [Video removed]