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Posted by kdawson
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jones_supa writes "Pixel Qi has just revealed their DIY kit for netbooks, planned to be out near the end of Q2 — sounds like June. This makes it possible to retrofit a screen to one fully readable in direct sunlight. In her blog, Mary Lou Jepsen says: 'It’s only slightly more difficult than changing a lightbulb: it’s basically 6 screws, pulling off a bezel, unconnecting the old screen and plugging this one in. That’s it. It’s a 5 minute operation.' She also talks about the 'laptop hospital,' a service depot started by kids in Africa."
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Pixel Qi Introduces a DIY Kit

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  • Re:Slashdotted? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by xlotlu (1395639) on Sunday March 07, 2010 @07:47PM (#31395118)

    It's hosted on yahoo servers. That's more than unfortunate... it's sad.

  • by SpinyNorman (33776) on Sunday March 07, 2010 @08:00PM (#31395222)

    Not much apparently. If a five year old girl can do it, maybe you can too?! ;-)

    Just a quick note to say the DIY kits from our distributor will be available towards the end of Q2. We will be announcing with them prior to distrbution. Thanks for your patience.

    One of the reasons I'm personally committed to doing this goes back to my One Laptop per Child experience and girls in a poor rural part of Nigeria who helped us test the early beta-laptop builds. In their school they had slanted desks bolted to benches with 4-5 kids per desk/bench combo. When any kid fidgeted or bumped all the laptops would fall on the concrete floors. The laptops were designed to be rugged and didn't break usually, but in this early build one of the cables to the touchpad/keyboard was 1mm too short and could become "unseated". This meant the keyboard and the touchpad would no longer work unless something was done.

    Luckily: An 11 year old girl decided to open a laptop hospital. Unfortunately the boys really missed out here, because in this part of Nigeria "everyone knows" only girls work at hospitals, she eventually recruited girls as young as 5 to help out in the hospital. This group of girls armed with screwdrivers starting taking apart the laptops and reseating the cables. Sometimes they'd change out a screen, or a speaker. They learned about the hardware of their laptops. They got to see what was inside. They got better and better at fixing things by learning as they went.

    Ministers of Education had a tough time believing that these girls could fix the hardware, so they would visit - to see it with their own eyes - and start thinking differently about maintenance of hardware. We kept preaching that ownership was the best way to assure maintenance.

    Yet, most people are scared to change their laptop screen. It's only slightly more difficult than changing a lightbuld: it's basically 6 screws, pulling off a bezel, unconnecting the old screen and plugging this one in. That's it. It's a 5 minute operation.

  • by Hurricane78 (562437) <deleted@s l a s h dot.org> on Sunday March 07, 2010 @08:22PM (#31395366)

    This group of girls armed with screwdrivers starting taking apart the laptops and reseating the cables. Sometimes they'd change out a screen, or a speaker. They learned about the hardware of their laptops. They got to see what was inside. They got better and better at fixing things by learning as they went.

    5-11 years old. Not told by anything to do so but in their own interest. Sorry, but that’s humanity at its finest.
    If I learned one thing about our abilities, it’s to simply assume you can do it. I see so many people who say and think that they can’t do this and can’t do that.
    We all are incredibly intelligent. Everyone can fix electronics. Everyone can write software. Everyone can learn quantum physics!
    It’s just a matter of allowing oneself to assume that one is able to do it. And then do it.
    That one rule, worked for me my whole life. :)

    Ministers of Education had a tough time believing that these girls could fix the hardware, so they would visit - to see it with their own eyes - and start thinking differently about maintenance of hardware.

    And here we see that exact mindset of “we can’t”. Just as most people here would assume a 5 year old girl couldn’t fix a computer. Let alone one from a 3rd world rural area.
    Turns out that’s bullshit! :)

    Man, if everyone could just see the tiny box of social conditioned pointless rules that he is caught in... “You can’t do that! Only rich good looking men get girls! Obey! Buy, buy, consume and buy! You are ugly! There is another side, that is against you! Believe! You must do this, and must not do that! ... ”

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 08, 2010 @02:24AM (#31397858)
    In tutoring math I've noticed that some people need a different approach, a new angle... another way to look at a problem and they can be taught. But I'm talking about high school football jocks that everyone thought were illiterate morons. Though, I wasn't their English tutor, so maybe they are illiterate.
  • by mellon (7048) on Monday March 08, 2010 @02:57AM (#31397970) Homepage

    They don't *have* to sell the stuff to geeks. The reason that they are such heroes is that despite not having to sell the stuff to us, they've decided to do so anyway, even though we will no doubt be a major pain in their collective asses. Because they think that laptops shouldn't be black boxes.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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