The desire to find out what's hidden beneath the slick, impenetrable screens of our devices has a long history, and interesting motivations.

What is our growing obsession with seeing inside the technical devices that run our lives? Is the fact that most of us really have no idea how these little bits of plastic and metal meld together to create the gadgets that we can't live without? Perhaps it is because they have come to play such a crucial and controlling role in our lives, that opening them up, dissecting them, rendering them powerless helps us to reaffirm our dominance over technology.

There's also a growing resentment against the tech industry giants that force consumers to buy constant upgrades, and pay for a ton of simple maintenance that could easily be done with a little DIY magic, except that there are no manuals available to give you a hand. Apple apparently uses legal threats to keep their manuals beyond public access.

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