I was gone for a while for several reasons, one of them being that my new laptop had a problem.
I’ve talked about my new laptop here, and I’m a tad bit obsessed with it; well, because it cost me too much money, I like how much faster it is than my netbook, and, I still haven’t solved the backlight issue or figured out how to make NVIDIA drivers run on LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.3 alpha.
That being said, I’m running behind on a lot of articles because there have been some big changes in my life.
I just wrote about this in my last journal entry before things got worse.
I wrote an entry on May 6th and had a problem on May 7th. Come to think of it, I might just have jinxed myself because I was thinking about it at the time too.
The laptop problem wasn’t a complete mystery. After doing some quick research online, I think I had pretty much pinpointed the source of the issue and a possible fix.
But, since the laptop is still brand new and I had a warranty on it, I couldn’t open it up myself to try any fix. If my solution didn’t work, I would’ve had to return it for a repair anyway and it would’ve cost me money.
So, the sensible thing to do was return the laptop and let the company fix it.
It took them 2 weeks to resolve the issue.
And it was a miserable two weeks for me as I pulled out the wretched old netbook and struggled to daily drive it once again.
Yesterday I came across the Right To Repair videos by MKBHD and Linus Tech Tips, and I was steered towards Louis Rossmann.
I watched a couple of his videos and his voice reminded me a bit of Philip DeFranco.
Now I don’t give a rat’s ass about YouTube politics and drama so I haven’t watched Philip in a long time.
I think I may have seen a few videos titled “Right to Repair” but never watched them or, quite frankly, gave it much thought.
Now, if you’ve read my laptop series articles, then I believe I’ve mentioned the importance of choosing an easily upgradable laptop, so it can be future-proof for at least a decade.
Upgradability is a subset of repairability. If you can’t repair components in a laptop, then chances are, you can’t upgrade them either.
I see Louis Rossmann runs a company that does repairs on phones, computers and laptops. Although I don’t have as much expertise in the field of conducting hardware repairs, I do know the basics.
Louis Rossmann is the legend that went under the radar in the last decade.
I believe he launched the Right to Repair movement for electronics some time in 2018?
How did I not read, see or hear anything of him anywhere on the internet?
If it weren’t for Linus and Marques, I still wouldn’t know who Louis Rossmann was.
And that says something about the world we live in right now.
I believe Louis Rossmann is doing works on the level of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. But, since he’s doing everything legally and trying to work with the government through all the proper channels, his identity has been stifled by the corrupt government, crooked media and thieving corporations who want to maintain a monopoly to continue making big bucks forever.
It’s been 3 years since Rossmann’s Right to Repair initiative, and there has been zero legal progress so far.
The US government still hasn’t admitted any wrongdoing since the Snowden leaks. Neither has the government given Julian Assange any credit for exposing their dirty secrets.
What are the chances that Louis Rossmann will get the bill passed?
The automotive bill was passed in 2012. But a lot more people care about repairing their own cars than they do about their laptops and smartphones.
If you conduct a survey, I’d bet more people know how to fix simple problems in vehicles than they do for smartphones or smartwatches or laptops.
I believe the Right To Repair movement will only gain traction if enough people take interest in repairing their own devices. Most people don’t have the knowledge, time, patience or tools for that. They’d rather drop the items off at a repair store than try to fix things themselves. Most of them don’t know if and when they’re getting ripped off, which happens quite frequently in the business of electronic repairs.
At the same time, the world has seen an exponential growing interest in electronics within the past decade. Even small kids are playing around with smartphones and tablets. People are becoming increasingly familiar with electronic devices as they use them more often. So I think it’s just a matter of time before electronics repair becomes general knowledge; at which point, the Right To Repair bill for electronics will have to be passed.
When I bought my laptop, I’d already decided, I’d upgrade it myself. But I never thought it’d break down or that I’d have to send it back to the company to get it fixed.
At this point, I really wish I had the tools, skills and knowledge to fix anything wrong with my laptop. But since I didn’t study electronics engineering, I don’t think I could try any repairs that didn’t constitute of a simple upgrade. And that’s a damn shame.
Maybe in the future, that might change. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get a soldering gun or attempt a water cooling solution for my laptop!
I believe in Louis Rossmann’s work. I support his cause, so I’m going to link his gofundme where you can donate to help pass the Right to Repair legislation, through a direct ballot initiative.
If you like watching someone with a no-fucks given attitude and no bullshit style of talking, then check out his YouTube channel as well.