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The Platform 21 manifesto:

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Platform 21

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. chassmith says:

    Well, it’s a little old, a bit clunky, and I’m close to running out of memory (but honestly, how many times do I listen to all thirty-four covers of Hallelujah); but my biggest problem is that I just need to change the battery. I’m fairly new to electronics. Anyone have any suggestions?

  2. Gilberti says:

    I assume it is an iPod or other music player. In this case, Google is your friend. Try “iPod replacement battery” for your search. It is a little tricky, requiring either a specialized pry tool or a sacrificial credit card (bet everyone has one of those nowadays!) to open the case, but once it is open, it is pretty straightforward. See other sites on the Web for more detailed instructions.

  3. chassmith says:

    Thanks. I’ll look around. ‘It’ was an iRiver H340. I mentioned that in the comment title, but comments here apparently don’t display the comment title.

    Go figure.

  4. jammit says:

    About the iRiver H430:
    These guys (although they’re more interested in changing the OS on them) should have some good info on repair parts and upgrades:
    http://www.rockbox.org/

  5. tallpat says:

    I think it was an article posted here that ended my habit of the sacrificial cards… I started using plastic guitar picks. They’re cheap, durable, thin, and have a nice pointy tip to wedge between to pieces of molded plastic. And the guitar pick will usually scratch/mar before whatever case you’re trying to pry open will.