good for nothing

Make, Do, and Make Do!

We had a great time fixing in the midst of a Good For Nothing event on Saturday. It was one of the first times we were repairing in the middle of another event – the Good For Nothing network of creatives, strategists and developers was at the Forward Foundation helping three very worthy youth organisations […]

Photo by Flickr user Newtown graffiti

Our Top Fixes of 2012: #1 – Epson, We Have a Problem!

And the winner is… It might appear as cheating that we decided to pick the case of the infamous Epson Stylus D68, which we already wrote about back in December as our symbolic top fix so far. In short, it’s the story of a printer which stopped functioning all of a sudden, leaving the owner with […]

Laurence, Ben and the dvd player

Our Top Fixes of 2012: #2 – Repair and Reuse Before Recycling

Laurence came to our first Restart Party in Brixton, the one we defined as our “Midas moment”, as everything we touched…miraculously got fixed. Laurence’s Matsui 225 dvd player was no exception to the rule: when she brought it to the event, it was a typical case of a sad piece of electronics on its way […]

Barti, Adrian and Janet in the middle of troubleshooting

Our Top Fixes of 2012: #3 – Beware of the “Genius”

Barti brought her MacBook Pro with a “dead screen” to a Restart Party. We troubleshooted her computer and figured that the problem was actually with the video card: the laptop would switch on normally, with the familiar Mac OS X start-up sound, while screen was completely black, not even marginally dim (which is what usually […]

A whole lot of dust!

Our Top Fixes of 2012: #4 – Clean Your Fan, Mate!

A whole lot of dust inside a 6-year-old Macbook! Janet’s laptop has been a source of inspiration for The Restart Project. Months before planning the first event, we were already “restarting” her old white MacBook, by adding additional RAM, updating some applications and clearing space from the hard drive, in order to speed it up. […]

Bob and Ugo troubleshooting the tablet

Our Top Fixes of 2012: #5 Not All Manufacturers Are Equally Greedy

We held our first Restart Party back in June 2012, and in exactly 6 months we went on to run 12 events and countless presentations all over London. Our growing community of self-repair enthusiasts has fixed, or contributed to fix, all kinds of malfunctioning electronics: from laptops to electric shavers, from printers to bed-side lamps, […]