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A few months ago the battery of my smartphone, a regular Huawei P10 Lite, started acting abnormally. Not only battery life had become very short, but some activities like trying to take a photograph would make the phone shutdown immediately. The phone is now 3 years old and I was not happy about buying a new one just because the battery is damaged. Still, I was almost ready to buy a Fairphone 3+ when I decided I could try replacing the battery. After all, I have some experience with hardware repair!

The iFixit guide is very detailed and, most importantly, you can buy the replacement battery and all repair tools for 25 euro. It’s worth trying!

As many commenters point out, the most time consuming part is removing the battery after all other parts have been moved, since there’s a lot of glue. It took me more than one hour and despite my best efforts it came out slightly bended. I didn’t break it though, which seems more important. The iOpener is quite effective however, as are the other tools.

Putting back enough adhesive to keep everything together is also a long operation, because you will need to cut small pieces of the right length and width. The tools work well even for this part of the repair.

At the end I was not even sure the phone would turn on, but it did, and what a satisfaction. I only had to throw away the old battery (at the correct collection place) and the “old” phone is almost like new. The battery now lasts for 36 hours or more, and I can hope to keep it running for a few more years.

I could have asked a repair shop, but even though it’s a pure hardware repair, I was not comfortable leaving my personal phone to someone else. And it would have been more expensive, of course.

I wanted to write this short post to let everyone know that repairing your phone is possible, thanks to great communities like iFixit, and you should avoid throwing away a literal goldmine just because it’s slightly damaged.

The crucial moment before putting the new battery in placeHere you can see the old battery that came out slightly bentI put back lots of adhesive myself – at least I hope soThe new battery is in place and the back lid is about to be closed

Just upgraded laptop to

All is smooth and normal and upgrading is not a big deal, just as it should be. Fantastic work by the community!

there are people risking drowning every day only to face actual armed fascists all across Europe, not just in Greece, so they can live in the continent which bombed the fuck out of their homes and drew the arbitrary lines that created many conflicts they flee from. we can boost shit about fuck ICE until the cows come home, and it's important to show that solidarity, but there's work to be done here too

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Not sure if people heard about the vote in Chile to completely rewrite the Pinochet-era constitution. It is very exciting. This is a good listen about the campaign that lead up to the historic vote

"Chile, which was the laboratory for neoliberalism, needs to be the laboratory for democracy... In order for the people to have real power/the system to be accountable...people need to be organized--not just vote the preference....move from expression to decision."

Mobilizon. Vos événements. Vos groupes. Vos données.

Découvrez les coulisses de la conception de #Mobilizon, notre nouvel outil pour libérer vos groupes et événements de Facebook.
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On this day in 1500 A.D., Portuguese navigator Diogo Dias “discovered” Madagascar, i.e. his ship got lost during a storm while on its way to plunder India and accidentally drifted within eyesight of the island.

By the time Dias “discovered” this “new land”, the Swahili and the Arabs had already been trading with the native population for several centuries, some of them even having settled long enough on the island to be considered native themselves.

audio compression & formats 

- you mostly can't tell the difference between a good mp3 or a good ogg and a flac. it's designed to lose the less audible sounds first. if you have good headphones and good ears and compare a song you know very well that uses patterns that mp3 doesn't compress well, you may hear that some frequencies are lost or distorted. even on a 320 mp3, and more the lower the bitrate. but still it's Very Good at compressing audio for humans.

- flac is very useful for archival, it divides the source size in half and keeps every bit of data intact. it 'replaces' wav files (compression is specified for wav but never became common). you can compress it and decompress it many times and you will still get the original file at the end ('lossless'). a mp3 gets worse every time depending on the exact encoding, like a jpeg. ('lossy')

- flac is the png, wav is the bmp, mp3 is the jpeg. none of those are perfect but each is good at a few things

whenever i read trump talking about black and "hispanic" unemployment numbers at historic lows all i can think of is this

"there’s more overlap between pseudoarchaeology and cults/alternative religions/new religious movements than one might think"

An Archaeological Exploration of Sagebrush – Part 1 – Bones, Stones, and Books

Just finished "Working in Public" by Nadia Eghbal. One of the best books I've read about software development. I learned a lot, and I feel like I have a much sharper understanding of how open source works and why people are motivated to write it.

Intervista a Walter Vannini, consulente e auditor #GDPR: “I #GAFAM, con il Privacy Shield invalidato, non possono rispettare il GDPR, perché alcune leggi USA li possono obbligare a violarlo e a mantenere segreta la violazione. Cosa fare? #sicurezza #dati
#PrivacyShield @paolo @maupao @Ca_Gi @wikimediaitalia @filippodb @steko @morven @quinta

Why's Jacobin the one sensible take I read on the TikTok news?

(The toots I read are fine, but by nature too brief)

"we will coup whoever we want" elon musk's disembodied head taunts in your dreams. "whoever we want" the multitude of musks repeats.

You don't need to speak English like a native

It's okay to have "weird" pacing when speaking. It's also okay to make sentences with correct meaning but uncommon phrasing

Don't allow yourself to pause because you're struggling to find the most native-sounding way to phrase what you mean

Just express what you mean in the most comfortable way to you

There's no "broken" English. English isn't owned by Americans or the British. For better or worse, it's become an international language.

Instead of continuing to spam sim's thread I'll continue my spin on nationalism vs patriotism here. 😀

The protest movement in Hong Kong was an unholy alliance of patriotism and nationalism[0]‌ right from the start: There were those who just wanted Beijing to hold up their end of the bargain and preserve what's special about Hong Kong, and there were those who just wanted to kick out the mainlanders, regardless if they're state officials or just normal people on the street building a life.

In the beginning, mainlanders even participated in the protests, but pretty soon suspicion about infiltration from the PAP, and well-founded suspicion at that, led to the ineveitable consequence that anyone Chinese-looking but not speaking Cantonese with a Hong Kong accent and register would not feel safe joining the protests.

It has been a strategy from the government all along to emphasize the nationalism and separatism of the movement, rather than acknowledging that most Hongkongers support the patriot part of the movement, just allowing Hong Kong to be Hong Kong.

[0]‌ or localism as it's called here because Hong Kong isn't a nation, recognized or otherwise ... but the government's opposition to the people is slowly creating a national identity

Mumbai, India is not in a good way after exceptional rainfall. Heaviest rain in 47 years. Far from ideal on top of the pandemic.

Mumbai has received 2,319mm of rain so far this year. The annual average is 2,260mm. It's only August.

#india #mumbai #ClimateCrisis

Desde que Zoom compró Keybase es imposible no dudar del servicio y acabo de descubrir @keyoxide.

Tengo que echarle un vistazo pero permite, a parte de cifrar mensajes, verificar tu identidad en redes como Mastodon a través de OpenPGP.

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