Sorting fact from fiction on Mass. Question 1: Right to Repair

Pumped up by tens of millions of dollars raised, both sides in the ballot question called Right to Repair, or Question 1, are flooding the airwaves with confusing, and even misleading, ads.

a man standing in front of a car: Question 1 on the Right to repair is about who has access to the wireless data produced by your vehicle.

Question 1 on the Right to repair is about who has access to the wireless data produced by your vehicle.

Issues from personal safety to having your car’s computer hacked to being able to actually repair your car where you want to are all raised by the ads.

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What’s sometimes lost is what Question 1 is really about: the wireless data sent by your car, about your car and you, the driver. It’s on one level as simple as that, but also an issue that raises complex issues about technology, security and privacy.

Right now, pretty much any mechanic has access to electronic data stored by your car. But vehicles are

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Planned Obsolescence and Your Right to Repair

Have you ever wondered why some consumer goods don’t last? From cell phones to household appliances and clothing to automobile tires, some products we use
every day could last much longer. But they don’t.

Have you ever wondered why major purchases — such as vehicles or large
appliances — always seem to break down immediately after a manufacturer’s
warranty expires?

Or perhaps you’ve asked how an advanced society can manufacture materials
durable enough to venture into space, but cannot produce a car tire that will
last more than a few years? The answer lies in planned obsolescence. It’s a
marketing and manufacturing trick meant to keep you buying

In this post, we’ll take a close look at planned obsolescence. We’ll uncover
some manufacturers using these questionable practices, and we’ll explain the
Right to Repair movement
— a modern campaign
promoting US consumers’ right to maintain their purchases for

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What You Need to Know About Computer Repair

VIEW AS SLIDESHOW: What You Need to Know About Computer Repair

Even if you’re not a certified geek, you may be able to troubleshoot your ailing PC.

1. First Stop: Do It Yourself.

Before spending any money, look for help online to remedy your problem. “You may find a really easy fix you never would have come up with on your own,” says Tom Merritt, executive editor of, the electronics-review site. If you have software difficulties, online forums, such as for PCs and for Apple users, offer knowledgeable advice.

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If you suspect your problem is hardware-related, call the manufacturer to see if it is covered under the warranty. (To cut through the PC maker’s phone tree and reach a customer-service rep, get instructions at

2. Next Stop: Ask For A Referral.

Training and credentials vary so much that your best bet

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Electronic Equipment Repair Service Market Size And Share 2020: Competitive Landscape And Industry Development Till 2025

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How to Repair a Lamp Plug | Home Guides

When a lamp’s plug breaks, don’t try to repair it. For safety reasons, you should replace the bad plug with a new one. Most lamps use polarized plugs, meaning one blade on the plug is wider than the other. Polarization helps prevent electricity from leaking out of the wiring to the metal parts of the lamp and giving you a shock. Pay attention to polarity for safety when replacing a lamp plug.

Screw Terminal Plug

Unplug the lamp. Cut off the old plug with a wire cutter/stripper. Check whether the cord is polarized. If it is, the neutral wire will be indicated by ribbed insulation, a white stripe, white insulation or silver-colored wire, according to Family Handyman Magazine. The other wire is the “hot” wire. Pull the two wires apart. If the lamp cord is not polarized, there will be no difference between the wires.

Strip about an inch of

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Office supply, computer repair businesses see uptick since pandemic

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Whether working or teaching from home, office supplies and a good working computer are a must. But finding what you need can be a challenge.

an open laptop computer sitting on top of a desk: While working from home is the new norm, Whitaker said they’re doing what they can to help everyone.

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While working from home is the new norm, Whitaker said they’re doing what they can to help everyone.

Mid-South office supply manager Vickie Wilson said as people work at home, she sees a spike in sales of office supplies and furniture.


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“As far as selling anything from toilet paper to paper towels, to disinfect spray, to wipes to furniture everything,” she said.

Wilson believes furniture sales are spiking because more and more people want to create a functional workspace.

“The need is for people that are working from home have the transition of their workplace and their workplace from home,” she said.

Over in Cape Girardeau at Velocity Electronic, manager Allen Whitaker

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How to Repair a Broken Lexar Jump Drive | Small Business

Your Lexar jump drive is a flash storage device that offers a reliable and portable medium for storing your files and documents. Although flash-based drives are generally more reliable than mechanical storage devices, they are nevertheless susceptible to data loss and errors. There are numerous reasons why a Lexar jump drive could malfunction. Repair the drive by identifying the type of problem you are experiencing and then troubleshoot accordingly.

Missing Drive Letter

Press “Windows-R” to open a Run dialog window.

Type “Compmgmt.msc” in the Run dialog and press “Enter.”

Click to highlight the “Disk Management” branch under Storage in the left pane. This lists all your drives in the left pane.

Right-click your Lexar drive in the right column and click the “Change Drive Letter and Paths” option. A Drive Letter dialog opens.

Click the “Add…” button. In the Add Drive Letter dialog that opens, click to select the radio

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Watch Our Documentary About Farmers Fighting for the Right to Repair

About a year ago, I found out about a community of farmers who trade firmware hacks for John Deere tractors on forums and torrent sites. These aren’t criminals; they’re average farmers who are frustrated with and increasingly economically destroyed by the fact that Deere and other big agriculture companies have monopolized the repair of their tractors.

Proprietary software locks prevent the average farmer and mechanic from diagnosing problems with their equipment, and many parts cannot be replaced unless software locks are bypassed to enable the replacement part. The forums I found were interesting, but there’s only so much reporting you can do from a computer and telephone in New York.

Motherboard went to Nebraska to meet the farmers on the frontline of the right to repair movement, which operates under the principle that if you buy something, you should be able to do whatever you want to it, including fix

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How to Repair DMG Files | Small Business

A DMG file is a proprietary disk image file format developed by Apple for its Macintosh line of computers. These are large, single files that comprise the entirety of a physical disk, such as a DVD or CD, and, just like a real disk, they can be damaged and made inaccessible. While the causes of the damage can differ, Apple offers a built-in tool to repair DMG files on its Macs, and other companies have developed their own repair kits.

What is a DMG File?

A DMG file is used to copy the entirety of a disk or a drive into a single location while keeping some properties of that disk. This means that a DMG file created from a program’s installation disk will still allow you to install that program. Apple created the DMG file format, so it is typically supported by Mac computers, though some Windows and Linux

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Ads over Mass. Right to Repair campaign full of misleading claims

There’s no question cars have become more complicated computers on four wheels.

a hand holding a cellphone: A car port that allows repair shops to access vehicle data. More vehicle data is being transmitted wirelessly.

A car port that allows repair shops to access vehicle data. More vehicle data is being transmitted wirelessly.

And like the computers we all carry around in our pockets, many cars are transmitting data wirelessly now. Access to that data is really what Question 1 is about, but it’s hard to sort through the facts from the ads on the issue.

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An ad from the group opposing passing the Right to Repair bill says, “If question 1 passes in Massachusetts, anyone could access the most personal data stored in your vehicle.”

The language of the bill says this is for “mechanical data,” not personal data like from a GPS app, but that’s not to say there aren’t still questions about data security.

Auto manufacturers want to keep the data to themselves,

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