We interview Professor Ross Anderson, an expert on Security Engineering at Cambridge University. We discuss the problem of software obsolescence – how devices can stop working due to software, not just their physical components.
Today, we talk to Rob Kerr from Lovefone – an independent mobile repair store – about the relationship between manufacturers and repairers.
We introduced creative problem solving, showing examples of physical and software-based work-arounds, like using assistive touch when a home button breaks. Then we brainstormed “bad” design from our experience fixing, and went through principles behind good design.
We interviewed environmental journalist Maxine Perella about positive changes announced by the European Commission to “eco-labelling” of laptops and portable computers. The changes start to take into account laptop’s full lifecycle, and if adopted, will help in upgrades and repairs.
Our Top 5 Good News Stories for the year, about design, economics, business, policy, and… the children, our future! From New York to Brussels to Ghana and even Russia. Anywhere there’s a yay! (And sometimes a yay-boo).