Alea iacta est.
A few days ago, I worked up the nerve to open an iPod Shuffle (that had been) in perfect working order, in hopes of making .. uh, kustom konfigurations based on informed opinion and a good bit of theory. Last night I gave up on ever reviving it again. Beware the Ides of March. The price of an education can sometimes be quite dear.
I wonder if praeter-hackers like Charles W. Scott ever ran into similar setbacks whilst blazing a trail across the Great Basin?
Many people today wish consumer electronics were intentionally manufactured to encourage tinkering and unforeseen after-markets. Componentized innards, folkart exteriors, spaces for innovation to emerge from the great non-payrolled masses.
Experience shows this strategy succeeds like none other, insofar as brand loyalty goes, spanning generations and bridging cultural divides.