Kyle Wiens is the CEO of iFixit, the free repair manual. He’s dedicated his life to defeating the second law of thermodynamics, a battle fought in the courtroom as often as in the workshop. The Right to Repair campaign has, so far, successfully legalized cell phone unlocking and tractor repair.

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A dropped laptop in a college dorm room — and a subsequent failed online search for repair directions — was the inspiration for Kyle Wiens to co-found iFixit.com, an online database of user-generated digital repair manuals. Eleven years later, iFixit.com is the world’s largest online repair manual, with more than 3 million users a month fixing up their products for free on the site. “We’ve kind of forgotten how things work,” Wiens admits. “The moment you open any kind of electronic is challenging — it takes you out of your comfort zone. If you have a repair guide to walk you through the process, it’s really impressive what people can do.”