A student journalist captures the student perspective of the Restart Center. (via Fieldston News)


Learn more about the organization that served as an inspiration for the Restart Centers, the Restart Project, and how we’re planning to expand the repair movement into other schools. (via the Restart Project)

And the winner is: iPhone!

…for the contest of  “highest total repairs by students” in the Restart Center. In our first month of launch, we’ve repaired 15 iPhones with students. We’ve run into bumps and lumps, and a lot of unwieldy cables, but the Restart Center is picking up steam. Check out our latest progress over at iFixit.  A few things we’ve learned through the flood…


The folks over at iFixit have written a post about our work with students and the connection between design and repairability. (via iFixit)

Turn your waste stream into a source stream with Neverware (updated)


I recently posted about the possibility of making use of old PCs by installing Chromium OS. After a few hours of tinkering, a few downsides became apparent:

  1. Finding a version of Chromium OS that updated automatically was fairly difficult.
  2. Enterprise management of Chromebooks was a whole other set of issues that I hadn’t thought of the first round.

I came across Neverware, a NYC company that has been around for a few years helping schools find a way around these issues. They offer a version of Chromium OS that works on 200 different devices, updates automatically, and can be managed by the Google Admin Console. You can get a free trial for 5 devices here.  If successful, we’ll be able to use old PC laptops to backfill class sets of Chromebooks. Our current options are to replace the Chromebook ($250+) or repair it (pricey due to the cost of replacement parts). If a single license is $25, that is less than the cost of a typical repair for our existing Chromebooks. Ideally, retired laptops of all builds will be put into rotation in our 1:1 Chromebook program, enabling the waste of one device program to become the feeder source for another.

**Update November 20, 2015**

It was very easy, using the CloudReady instructions, to install ChromiumOS on a Dell Latitude e6420. After a few BIOS tweaks, I was able to boot the laptop to the log in screen in 40 seconds. CloudReady also worked well with an HP dc7900 and 2009 iMac.




Can Chromium OS extend the life of devices (and make old PCs more desirable)?

Updated post with easier process here. ******* We recently donated nearly 70 fully functional 2009 MacBooks to local community based organizations. There was nothing wrong with the devices, other than their inability to quickly run the latest Mac OS (which we needed to run several products at the school). Although each machine went to an organization who will use them, and…

STM Dux iPad Case

In contrast to the Guided Cardboard Case, the STM Dux iPad Case has high marks for functionality. It is water resistant, has magnetic closures for auto on/off, fits the iPad Air 2, has impact resistance, and has a case that allows for multiple viewing positions. Unlike the Guided case, the ethical score of the case was harder to determine. Although the company expresses…

Guided cardboard iPad case review

With Contributions by Diana Potts We had high hopes for the Guided Cardboard iPad case. It hit all of the right notes for us: made of sustainable, recyclable materials at a factory in Washington that prides itself on its work environment. The product was thoughtfully packaged, with a minimal amount of plastic wrap for protection. Other than the small velcro tabs, the…