I live on the beautiful central coast of California where life is just simply better. I'm originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated from California Polytechnic State University in the Spring of '09 with a BS in Industrial Technology along with a Packaging Minor and a Music Minor. I married the love of my life, Carly in the Summer of '09.
Currently I work as the Operations and Logistics Supervisor at iFixit here in San Luis Obispo. That's basically a fancy title that means I make sure all our products get to us and to you. I have worked here since the Fall of '09. I'm also a member of Grace Church in San Luis Obispo where I work in the music ministry.
I like to figure out how things work and how I can make them work better. There is always a way to improve so I spend my time finding out how to improve it. Whether it be my home entertainment system or my computer, I customize, create, and capitalize on all the features I can.
So what am I into?...
When I'm not at work I'm usually doing something that involves music whether it be playing or listening to it. I love everything musical. I have a Blueridge BR-70 which inspires and relaxes me as need be. I also love enjoy taking a chorus to, "Take the A-Train" with my King 2B. If you understand even the littlest about where rock and roll came from, jazz music gives you great respect and perspective on music today. I like taking my electric guitar and layering effects over each other thus creating rich textures and sounds that even the Edge would be proud of.
If if not making music with a physical instrument, I'm making it with a virtual one. Sampling, looping, recording, and synthesizing can occupy my evenings regularly. I use various programs for my musical creations but Reason is the one that speaks for me. Software makes the possibilities limitless in terms of what sounds you can create from a computer. It also frustrates me beyond words.
What's not related to music?
I also frequent the tastiest of burger joints and the cheapest of frozen yogurt machines which in SLO, there is no shortage of. The hills around here are ripe for backpacking and hiking and the beaches are perfect for relaxing. Biking around this area is fantastic. I also enjoy racing in the "Woodstock" of triathalons, Wildflower.
Being a guitar player I have a pedal board which contains all of the effects that I use while I play. All those pedals need to be powered by a 9V battery usually or be connected to a power supply. A guitar player can either choose to keep replacing 9V batteries as they go out (not fun) or buy a power supply. But why spend all that money when you can build one yourself!
I also like to make my own pedals, this one being made out of an Altoids tin. The pedal's function is super simple but still, it looks sweet! Yes, I used to have the Altoids in there to combat bad breath as well. No one likes a singer with bad breath.
In school I worked on building and analyzing a wind turbine trying to figure out what kind of airfoil configuration and generator design would work the best under certain conditions. I worked specifically on generator design and built some of the prototype airfoils.
I also built a rocking chair all out of corrugate (cardboard, although you should really call it corrugate) and glue, nothing else. Corrugate is stronger than you think when you design your packaging well.
Teardowns I've Worked On
Guides I've Contributed To
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My Favorite Guides
Why is it having trouble moving in reverse?My car has trouble moving in reverse. Whenever I have to back up, it seems like the gears are just not engaging fully or...
Answer to "Where can I purchase the display glass?"We'd love to carry this part but there's a problem; it has "MacBook" written on it which is an Apple trademark. There are a lot of people making and selling aftermarket versions of this type of glass and are illegally putting the "MacBook" word on it. We could sell it if we could prove the glass is authentic and made by an official Apple OEM but most of the time we cannot prove the authenticity of the part so we steer clear of selling this part. We're looking into sourcing some that do not have the text on the glass.
Answer to "Parts for Apple iPhone 6?"We are currently going through samples and making sure we get a quality product available soon! We can't say exactly when yet as we want to make sure we find good parts first. Keep checking back! By the way, if you have not done it already, list your business on iFixit Pro!
Answer to "When will replacement screens be available?"We are currently going through samples and making sure we get a quality product available soon! We can't say exactly when yet as we want to make sure we find good parts first. Keep checking back!
Answer to "iPhone 5 replacement screen"iFixit now has these in stock: iPhone 5 LCD and Digitizer
Answer to "Why does my screen flicker when I move it"You either have a bad inverter or a bad inverter cable. My guess would be the inverter cable since that cable is routed through the hinge and can wear out. MacBook (Core Duo/Core 2 Duo) Inverter Cable MacBook Display Inverter
Answer to "Poked off capacitor, what's this part?"You have to have some pretty specialized equipment to reattach a component like that. That's too small to do with your hands and a soldering iron. Finding the component would be very hard as well.
Answer to "Home Button replacement complete screen issues now"Sounds like either the ribbon cable for the front panel is not attached correctly or it was damaged during the repair. Have you tried to reseat the cables yet?
Answer to "Is it possible to replace iPhone 4 camera with iPhone 4s's one?"No, the connector on the logic board is different.
Answer to "Does the ipad 3 have the same Wifi-Bluetooth antenna as iPad2?"No. The 2 parts have different Apple Part Numbers (APN) and they have different brackets where it is screwed into place. We'll have the iPad 3rd Gen antenna in our store very shortly.
Answer to "No WiFi after case change"Check out this guide step showing the wifi antenna being removed. See if that antenna is connected properly.
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