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    The Restart Project - save money and repair your broken goods!

    I spend a bit of time on tech websites and came across this from a Kiwi on a forum. I can only find one Restart Projects/parties in Australia and that's in Melbourne. Anyone know if there are these fixer groups in Sydney Australia? I'd love to get my Xbox 360 that got the red ring of death fixed or learn how to do it myself see if there's a fixer party near you:

    the restart project | repair, don't despair! towards a better relationship with electronics

    About The Restart Project:
    What we do

    Restart Parties (going since mid-2012):
    These are fun and free community events where volunteers experienced with electronics help others learn to repair and perform maintenance to their broken or slow devices, as well as share tips on how to take back control of what they buy. Starting in north Camden and the Brixton area in London, our Restart Parties help us find the repair heroes and potential micro-entrepreneurs next door. Download the Restart Party FAQ in PDF.
    Public speaking and educational events (starting 2013):
    We give talks to design students, environmental groups, government, and companies. We are also available for workshops in educational institutions from primary to tertiary and vocational. Check our list of future and past appearances.
    Corporate events (starting mid-2013):
    Soon we will be prototyping Restart Parties for the private sector, where companies can boost creative problem solving in their teams by hosting a day of repair.
    Interested in our services? Download this A4 PDF.
    Promoting quality commercial repair (starting 2013):
    We are developing a social review platform focused on repair shops and repair people. This will be the much needed equivalent of Trip Advisor or Yelp for repair, with added incentives and rewards for users who repair. Our first reviewers will be community members who participate in our Restart Parties, who will help unleash the potential of invisible “micro-entrepreneurs” of repair. First we will be testing the model in London, but will the ultimate goal of scaling much bigger.
    We will also look into other forms of referral and promotion of quality repairers, such as a presence at outdoor markets.
    Pressure on manufacturers (future):
    Once we have a large enough network, we will seek policy change and promote better manufacturer practices – new approaches towards durability, warranty provision and better hardware and software design.
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    This is a great idea! I did a basic car maintenance course so I could fix small problems it's helped a few times with dead batteries and knowing when a mechanic is trying to rip me off!
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    I had meant to reply to this, I love the idea of fixing my own things and when desktops were everywhere I was fine at fixing them, but I've got slight cerebral palsy, that's why I tear ankle tendons and have terrible time with carpal tunnel... This means that when trying to fix smaller devices even laptops I end up breaking them as my fine motor skills just aren't there. Very frustrating as I know how to do it, but just can't do it.

    If you can join a fixer group it's a great idea, you can save a lot of money on fixing old things.
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    There are some main methods that involve that can be use to save money. Some of other tips to save money on car such as do your research, ask about the rates and deals. Really we can save a lot of money on fixing old things like make Your old car feel brand new.Before driving a car we need a thorough inspection of all its details like tyres, fuel and battery etc and check car tyres.There are many services which provide reasonable maintenance for car.

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