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The title text refers to data stored on a computer or electronic device. Before replacing the device, it is recommended {{w|backup}} all your personal files, so that you have future access to them, and to remove them for security. Randall likens this to having your friends and family exit the vehicle, or making backup friends and family before the vehicle is thrown away.   
 
The title text refers to data stored on a computer or electronic device. Before replacing the device, it is recommended {{w|backup}} all your personal files, so that you have future access to them, and to remove them for security. Randall likens this to having your friends and family exit the vehicle, or making backup friends and family before the vehicle is thrown away.   
  
'''The economics'''
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Cars are much more expensive than computers or other electronic devices, and become obsolete less quickly. The point at which it becomes cheaper to purchase a new computer or phone rather than repair an old one comes much more quickly.
 
Cars are much more expensive than computers or other electronic devices, and become obsolete less quickly. The point at which it becomes cheaper to purchase a new computer or phone rather than repair an old one comes much more quickly.
  
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Also, although the comic implies that replaced electronics are discarded (like a car pushed into a pit), sometimes they are sent off to be repaired or refurbished elsewhere.  This provides a better experience for the customer (they get a working device right away instead of waiting for repair) and is more efficient for the company (a consolidated repair facility can have the experience and equipment to repair a device much more quickly than at a retail location). This assumes that the customer asked the manufacturer for a replacement, and did not throw it away themselves before purchasing a new one.
 
Also, although the comic implies that replaced electronics are discarded (like a car pushed into a pit), sometimes they are sent off to be repaired or refurbished elsewhere.  This provides a better experience for the customer (they get a working device right away instead of waiting for repair) and is more efficient for the company (a consolidated repair facility can have the experience and equipment to repair a device much more quickly than at a retail location). This assumes that the customer asked the manufacturer for a replacement, and did not throw it away themselves before purchasing a new one.
  
'''Electronics Repair'''
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;Electronics Repair
 
 
 
Although most corporations find it more profitable to have consumers replace their electronics, there are many resources that are more geared towards repair.  [https://www.freegeek.org/ Free Geek] offers free technology to volunteers in exchange for their work in repairing broken items.  More locations across the world are listed near the bottom of their [https://www.freegeek.org/community-programs/resources resources] page.  Alternatively, [https://wiki.hackerspaces.org/ hackerspaces] are present in many large cities, and often at the larger ones there are people who would be happy to assist somebody trying to learn to repair their electronics.  On one's own, most problems with electronics can be fixed with some persistence, googling, purchasing of a few tools, and carefully watching youtube videos.
 
Although most corporations find it more profitable to have consumers replace their electronics, there are many resources that are more geared towards repair.  [https://www.freegeek.org/ Free Geek] offers free technology to volunteers in exchange for their work in repairing broken items.  More locations across the world are listed near the bottom of their [https://www.freegeek.org/community-programs/resources resources] page.  Alternatively, [https://wiki.hackerspaces.org/ hackerspaces] are present in many large cities, and often at the larger ones there are people who would be happy to assist somebody trying to learn to repair their electronics.  On one's own, most problems with electronics can be fixed with some persistence, googling, purchasing of a few tools, and carefully watching youtube videos.
  

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