A service that allows the average joe to be able to go in the nearest coffee shop or local watering hole and get advice on their computer or electronic updates, so they don't have to buy new and can fix their electronics.
I got this idea last weekend when talking with a friend. He noticed that my computer was really slow. I've actually been thinking of buying a new laptop because of this and other reasons. He mentioned that I should just buy more ram and a bigger hard drive and that he would help me install it. Instead of buying new and sending off the old one to sit in a landfill, I can just upgrade! I also know that car sharing is really popular in bigger cities like San Francisco, so I related the two.
This service would be a network of tech savvy individuals who would spend their free time in coffee shops or other areas to answer questions about e-waste and give information on recycling if in fact their computer can not be upgraded or fixed. At the first step, the specialist would examine the electronic device that they specialize in see what it needs to be fixed or ran better. They would inform the person of what they need. The person then would return later with the pieces and have the specialist fix the device. They could watch and learn how to upgrade the devices themselves. Perhaps they could become specialists themselves.
If the devices are not able to be fixed, the specialist could give the person info on recycling places.