The pump in my espresso machine died on Thursday after 9 years of service. I went online, ordered a new pump, and it was delivered today. 30 mins of work and the machine is back in service. Good quality serviceable equipment like this should be standard.
As a kid, I used to love going to Foyle's in Charing Cross Road with my dad. We would head for a floor full of repair and maintenance manuals and, while he searched for help on whatever project was currently occupying him, I would browse books containing fascinating and, incomprehensible to young me, diagrams of the inner workings of automobiles, planes, radios and other technological wonders.