Call for ideas for the radio show!

That’s great, and @Panda can join too! So we’ll have the last Takeover of the season (no radio in August).

And wow, I hadn’t heard of IoT gaslighting - definitely to discuss on the show!

Andrew Gabriel is joining the show too!


One more bit of tech news:

Not sure what it means yet, but it’s interesting.

@isabel are we meeting up beforehand?
If so, where & when?

the three of you should be together now? looking forward to the show!

We’re planning the next couple of months of radio shows and podcasts, and we’d love to hear your ideas for topics to discuss, or guests to invite to the live show. And of course people to invite for longer, prerecorded interviews on our podcast…

Maybe it is in a podcast I missed, but what about the idea of repurposing old computers into home servers or other dedicated machines? I have an older computer I have been wanting to convert into a media server for my home and I am sure there are other options or there, maybe setting up an old laptop to control home automation - the laptop has a built in back up battery if the house loses power. A desktop may not be the best at keeping up with new games or editing software, but that doesn’t mean they are useless. Maybe talk about open source alternatives to programs we have completely integrated into our lives - OpenOffice, LibreOffice or Google Docs for word processing or presentations; GIMP as a photo editor. I am aware that some of the free open source software don’t have the same features as paid software, but expensive software shouldn’t prevent someone from trying something new.

Edited to fix typos that I noticed.


Cool idea @Darin! We have never talked about this - second lives for computers. And I love to talk about Linux and FOSS software on the radio, I learned as during BBC interviews. It’s so out of the ordinary and important.

For a cool and untold Right to Repair story, might be interesting to interview Henrik Huseby, the Norwegian repairer who successfully fought off Apple’s seizure of his iPhone screens earlier this year. Here’s his business:


Wondering if @Kaja_Juul_Skarbo @Maja_van_der_Velden might be interested in helping us make contact? :norway:

Yes, I can contact him. BTW Apple appealed and it is not yet known if the court will hear the appeal.


Huh, I was wondering about that! Perhaps he want might some more publicity/support if Apple has a real chance again…? Please connect Henrik to @isabel if he is interested! Thanks :slight_smile:

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Hey @Maja_van_der_Velden, any news from Henrik by any chance? :slight_smile:

Hi! Henrik wrote that he doesn’t want to talk about the case until the appeal (by Apple) has been heard. This happens on June 4th, 2019. I will try to follow the case and let you know what happened. Remind me if you don’t hear from me :wink:


Hi @Kaja_Juul_Skarbo @Maja_van_der_Velden it’s June 4, I had a reminder to check in on my calendar! My Google searches have not come up with anything at all! Huseby is really good at keeping a low profile. Let us know if you hear anything!

Hi @Janet! Yes, the appeal is up yesterday and today. I contacted his lawyers last week, and they told me that Henrik is now comfortable with publicity about the case. I will try to tip some of the norwegian media who wrote about it last year and see if they want to pick it up again. I’ll let you know as soon I find out what the court’s ruling is.


Hi Janet, Henrik lost the case, but is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court.

The court decided that the refurbished screens are illegal copies. Henrik Huseby has to destroy the screens and pay for Apple licenses. The court decided that this was an important case, as it creates a principle for how to deal with such cases; Henrik therefore needs to pay only 7500 of the total costs (25000 pounds) that Apple made in the appeal case.

What a waste, they really don’t care do they :astonished:

Also, on a close reading of the decision, the Apple investigator alleged the counterfeit part was the glass. Perhaps Huseby can argue only the glass should be removed and destroyed. But appears the three other parts of the LCD assembly are OEM. Why can’t they be salvaged? :wink:

I have a letter to the editor published in Dagens Næringsliv, the main business daily in Norway (in their paper and online edition). I will send you the English translation once it is published. I haven’t seen the decision from this case (Ido have the one from the first case if you haven’t seen it) . Do you have a copy and can send it to me?

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The letter is published in Norwegian, but I made an English translation and published it on the blog of our SMART project:

I now read the decision in the appeal case. We are gathering some experts in the SMART project and hope to support Henrik when he takes the case to the Supreme Court.