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Monday 11 June 2007
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1 What is Meant by Personal Conviviality?

"Personal Conviviality" covers an approach to the survival and well-being of the individual in everyday life, under which psychic and social constructs are seen as tools or mechanisms made available for individual use. Ivan Illich defined Convivial Tools as those which increase the autonomy of (...)
Monday 11 June 2007
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4 Reparability

Reparability is unfashionable There are two possible spellings for this word which denotes the quality of being easy to repair: "repairability" or "reparability". A google search yields about twice as many hits for the first spelling than for the second, but this article uses the second. (...)
Monday 11 June 2007
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2 Usability

Definition of Usability The on-line encyclopaedia Wikipedia defines "Usability" as: The ease with which people can employ a particular tool or other human-made object in order to achieve a particular goal. The Wikipedia definition appears to be a simplified version of the definition given (...)
Tuesday 5 June 2007
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1 The Characteristics of Convivial Tools

The characteristics of convivial tools are those which enhance the user’s capability to work with independent efficiency. A fairly comprehensive list might include the following characteristics: Usability Intuitive Use Reliability Reparability Durability Ergonomics Simplicity Robustness (...)
Monday 4 June 2007
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1 What are Convivial Tools?

Convivial Tools according to Ivan Illich The term "convivial tools" comes from Ivan Illich’s book "Tools for Conviviality," published in 1973. Illich presented a radical critique of the existing system of industrial tools, which is oriented towards mass production for consumer society. (...)