Latest iFixit win: a little froggy humidifier. It was making all sorts of noise when running, like the fan was going bad. Today it started making a worse noise and stopped blowing. I took it all apart, blew it out with compressed air, and scraped the limescale off of the blades.

An impressive cloud of nasty white dust later—don’t worry, I wore a mask and safety goggles!—and it is as silent as it was when it was brand new.


It’s so much better for the environment to crack open a misbehaving gadget or appliance to repair it than to throw it away and buy a new one. Most of the time it’s straightforward enough to figure out on your own, or there are online guides of others who have done the same repair

· · Mastodon Twitter Crossposter · 4 · 4 · 8

But it’s also such a fun learning experience! My wife says it reminds her of her grandpa who would often take things apart to figure out how they worked, and it’s so true! I had a vague idea of how the humidifier worked, and now I understand it even better. Plus, money saved.

@cassidyjames this is so true!

Often when I dumpster dive I find stuff that is perfectly functional, oftentimes only needing some cleaning or hard resetting to work. Typing this toot from a laptop I salvaged and installed Linux on.

@cassidyjames I had an Intel Atom laptop lying around, with a semi-broken screen. So I dusted it off, setup Debian stable on it and made it a local server for testing different things.

Being an Atom, it's 32-bit only. 32-bit software support is getting rare these days. So I had to do some digging. Here are some of my findings if it's useful to anyone else salvaging old hardware:

Sign in to participate in the conversation

Server run by the main developers of the project 🐘 It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!