Well it´s back to school and after a brief moment of nail biting, financial aid excitement, I´m all set for this semester. So off I go, bounding on an adventure to the wondrous world of CISCO classes and one class that should be quite interesting, philosophy. If you read my previous blog post, you may know that I enjoy refurbishing old game consoles. If you yourself would like to delve into the dusty shelves to pull out your childhood memory "Video Computer System", you may run into some strange screws called security screws that are designed to thwart your attempts at taking trips into your past and reviving your beloved console. However, there are ways around this, you can make your own temporary security screwdrivers or you could purchase a package of permanent (in the long run it saves you a few pens especially if you would like to do this sort of thing in the future) for relatively cheap and some of the permanent bits/screwdrivers work on two different consoles.
Companies like Apple have gained notoriety as of late for trying to come up with every way possible to deter you the hobbiest,diy-er or the just plain curious from opening their device and mucking about. For one it takes money away from them if you fix items by yourself or for others, rather than having the company send it off to be repaired for a hefty price. Another reason may be that companies just don´t like meddlers, whatever reason it may be they have to design the screws themselves if they want to be truly secretive, then they have to produce it in mass quantity and mass quantity costs money. All of this drives the price of the object up higher and then they try and compensate for that by alleging that it has better build quality than most but in reality the security bits just drive the price higher and they also try and control how you use your own electronic device in the way you see fit. When I buy a piece of paper the company that made the paper doesn´t tell me that I can only use it for writing upon; no, I can do whatever I want with it. I could: fold it into a paper aeroplane, toss it in the rubbish bin, burn it, tear it into tiny shreds or if I felt rather famished, eat it. The paper company doesn´t care what I do with it, all they care about is that I bought it. That´s how I think any electronic device should be, bought and then let anybody meddle with it. If the person who bought it broke it by messing around it´s their fault and if they are persistent enough they learned what not to do next time. So buy a security bit/game bit set and tell those "anti-meddling-with-the-device-I-produced" businesses to jog on!
Here are some links to some security bits/game bits but don´t stop there, search around for better deals and if you find any let me know!