Guidelines and electronics maintenance

Electronics Failure Rates from SquareTrade
SquareTrade, a major electronics warranty provider, has published a number of research reports concerning the failure rates and reliability of popular Consumer Electronics items.

Authoritative information on how to use electronics safely, and identify fake and unsafe products.

Electronics TakeBack Coalition
The Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETBC) promotes green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry, including a series of tools for purchasers

Extending electrical product lifetimes: specifications and buying guides
WRAP offers advice for manufacturers and buyers of TVs, microwaves, kettles and white goods.

Friends of the Earth “Make it Better” campaign
A campaign to improve production of consumer goods, starting with smartphones.

Give Your Computer a Long, Healthy Life
From Wired Wikis, the basics of how to maintain and use computers longer.

GoodGuide provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of consumer products, including mobile phones.

Greenpeace – Guide to Greener Electronics
The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.

How to get a faulty product repaired or replaced by Which?
A step-by-step guide for residents of the UK.

How to Speed Up, Clean Up, and Revive Your Mac
Lifehacker with some basic tips for the Mac user.

LinLap – The Linux Laptop Wiki
A large database with real user experiences running Linux on many models of laptops.

Reddit Buy It for Life
+75,000 people helping each other buy products for longevity.

Take Control: Android Rooting Guide
Available for download from MakeUseOf, with all of the jargon and steps carefully explained.

An alternative firmware for your iPhone 2G/3G and iPod Touch 1G/2G, powerful, optimised and fast.

The Wire Cutter
Because many people ask us “what should I buy” – one expert’s opinion on the best gadgets in each category in terms of cost vs. features. No ranking of durability, upgradability and repairability but instead “quality” and “value”