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Do you open up laptops and other gadgets to see what's inside?   [Edit]

Survey period: 25 Oct 2010 to 1 Nov 2010

In other words, do you void warranties?

OptionVotes% 
Yes, always9711.53
Yes, if I don't care about breaking it11513.67
Yes, if it's already broken or malfunctioning25330.08
Depends16419.50
No21625.68



 
GeneralI am passionate about inside stuff. Pin
deepak_admirer@hotmail.com29-Oct-10 0:47
deepak_admirer@hotmail.com29-Oct-10 0:47 
GeneralRe: I am passionate about inside stuff. Pin
BoyDeveloperV230-Oct-10 9:23
BoyDeveloperV230-Oct-10 9:23 
GeneralNever, because I'm a SOFTware guy [modified] Pin
Thomas Weller27-Oct-10 21:54
Thomas Weller27-Oct-10 21:54 
GeneralRe: Never, because I'm a SOFTware guy Pin
John M. Drescher29-Oct-10 2:28
John M. Drescher29-Oct-10 2:28 
GeneralRe: Never, because I'm a SOFTware guy Pin
Thomas Weller29-Oct-10 3:06
Thomas Weller29-Oct-10 3:06 
GeneralDepends? Pin
la0127-Oct-10 13:02
la0127-Oct-10 13:02 
GeneralGenerally not while I'm using it. Pin
OriginalGriff27-Oct-10 9:42
mveOriginalGriff27-Oct-10 9:42 
GeneralI don't want to break it Pin
Kunal Chowdhury «IN»27-Oct-10 7:27
professionalKunal Chowdhury «IN»27-Oct-10 7:27 
GeneralKinda depends... Pin
R-tsumami27-Oct-10 1:11
R-tsumami27-Oct-10 1:11 
GeneralI don't have Pin
Sunasara Imdadhusen27-Oct-10 0:29
professionalSunasara Imdadhusen27-Oct-10 0:29 
GeneralRe: I don't have Pin
Smithers-Jones27-Oct-10 2:56
Smithers-Jones27-Oct-10 2:56 
GeneralI will not destroy my guarantee Pin
KarstenK26-Oct-10 23:22
mveKarstenK26-Oct-10 23:22 
GeneralRe: I will not destroy my guarantee [modified] Pin
AWdrius28-Oct-10 1:26
AWdrius28-Oct-10 1:26 
GeneralEverything that's not in critical use ... Pin
Dr.Walt Fair, PE26-Oct-10 18:19
professionalDr.Walt Fair, PE26-Oct-10 18:19 
GeneralRegularly Pin
LloydA11126-Oct-10 15:50
LloydA11126-Oct-10 15:50 
GeneralIts just me Pin
Blubbo26-Oct-10 3:41
Blubbo26-Oct-10 3:41 
GeneralAlways Pin
Mike Hankey25-Oct-10 16:22
mveMike Hankey25-Oct-10 16:22 
GeneralWhat?! Over 70% of programmers aren't hackers?! Pin
TheyCallMeMrJames25-Oct-10 12:55
TheyCallMeMrJames25-Oct-10 12:55 
GeneralRe: What?! Over 70% of programmers aren't hackers?! Pin
Indivara25-Oct-10 18:15
professionalIndivara25-Oct-10 18:15 
GeneralRe: What?! Over 70% of programmers aren't hackers?! Pin
Jörgen Sigvardsson26-Oct-10 1:45
Jörgen Sigvardsson26-Oct-10 1:45 
GeneralRe: What?! Over 70% of programmers aren't hackers?! Pin
Indivara26-Oct-10 17:19
professionalIndivara26-Oct-10 17:19 
GeneralRe: What?! Over 70% of programmers aren't hackers?! Pin
Nemanja Trifunovic26-Oct-10 5:48
Nemanja Trifunovic26-Oct-10 5:48 
GeneralRe: What?! Over 70% of programmers aren't hackers?! Pin
Fabio Franco26-Oct-10 8:50
professionalFabio Franco26-Oct-10 8:50 
Back when I was younger 8-15 I used to open stuff up more often. I started building my own PCs by the age of 12 because of that. But not before breaking stuff or not assemblying it right and get screamed at by my dad.

Today is a little more challenging for the following reasons:

1 - I pay for the gadgets, so usually I won't risk ruining it if it's not broken
2 - Except for PCs, components get really small and complicated that isn't worth to just open it up to figure out you won't learn anything
3 - Risks of damaging the beautiful casing and voiding warranty aren't worth the possible benefits.

Of course, if it's broken I'll try to fix it myself before calling the guy. Recently, on the risk of voiding the warranty I opened up the top part of my brother's notebook to clean up spilled soda. I was afraid to damage those keys that were held by very fragile and thin plastic components. Good thing everything worked and he can type again.

I love to tear stuff apart, it's just nowadays the lack of time and the risks make it worth in very few cases, that's why I voted for "it depends". My next task is to try to recover my neighbor's hard disk, which fails to read anything (possible mecaninc components broken), but I look forward to it, as long as it does not interfere with my mundane pleasure of the weekends. Shucks | :-\
GeneralRe: What?! Over 70% of programmers aren't hackers?! Pin
TheyCallMeMrJames26-Oct-10 9:12
TheyCallMeMrJames26-Oct-10 9:12 
GeneralRe: What?! Over 70% of programmers aren't hackers?! Pin
Derek Viljoen26-Oct-10 10:57
Derek Viljoen26-Oct-10 10:57 

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