Who am I?
I'm Evan and I’m a Software Engineer at iFixit. Before that, I was previously a Tech Writer and Teardown Engineer, and I had a brief stint as a QA Tester.
I'm also a Computer Science student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and I’m planning on graduating in 2020.
Where am I from?
I was born and raised in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. While it was a nice place to grow up, I’ve enjoyed the change of pace afforded me by the town of San Luis Obispo.
What do I do?
In my spare time, I do fun things. I enjoy the outdoors, especially of the beach and mountain variety.
Teardowns I've Worked On
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Guides I've Contributed To
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Guides I've Helped Translate
My Favorite Guides
Water damaged mid-2010 MBP only boots sometimesA friend of mine spilled coffee next to her laptop, and some of it seeped into the lower case on the left side through the po...
Answer to "How many cycles does this computer's replacement battery have?"All of our batteries have a one year warranty. @microfix6 can get in touch with us and we will happily replace it. Regarding the quality of the battery, I've seen a number of factory-original batteries expand into the trackpad. There's even been reports of batteries expanding in brand new iPhone 8 models. Aftermarket batteries can be lower quality than OEM parts, but they are not inherently worse. You just got unlucky. Either way, give us a call or shoot us an email. We'll take care of you :)
Answer to "Why are all my entries in Meta immediately deleted?"Looks like our spam bot caught you in its sights. You should be in the clear now.
Answer to "Water spill but still working - send for evaluation?"Even if your laptop is working right now, corrosion will most likely progress overtime until the laptop isn't functional. I'd recommend taking it to a professional repairperson with tools to repair water damage (i.e. an ultrasonic cleaner) and have them give it a once over. Since everything is working correctly right now, they probably won't need to replace any components and this will just be preventative maintainence—and it will most likely cost a lot less than £250.
Answer to "One propeller does not spin."Did you crash recently? The drive shaft in these quadcopters breaks fairly easily. If you find that the motor does not spin freely by hand, you'll need to replace either the whole motor arm, or just the motor itself. Replacing just the motor is more time consuming, but you'll be able to find parts for a lower price. B&H sells both motor arms and individual motors. When purchasing replacement parts, be sure to triple check whether you need clockwise or counterclockwise motors, as using the wrong ones will prevent your drone from flying.
Answer to "advertiser puts his spam in my calendar"Hey @mayer, it looks like Apple has apologized for this issue and is actively working to fix it. Here's a Gizmodo article on how to stop getting calendar notifications.
Answer to "looking for a teardown video or report of microsoft surface studio"Here you go! Microsoft Surface Studio Teardown
Answer to "My GBA GamePak loses data every time I turn off the system."The battery in your Game Pack cartridge is dead. Here are some instructions to swap it out. You will need a tri-point screwdriver and a new CR2025 battery.
Answer to "Home button plunger is not working after screen replacement"It sounds like you either over- tightened the screws on the home button bracket, or they may be some debris stuck on the home button gasket preventing the button from moving freely.
Answer to "Why does my screen no longer recognize touch? Can I fix this?"This is a common problem with iPhone 6 Plus's—we recently wrote a story about it. The issue is that the Touch IC is failing, and the only permanent solution is to replace it with a new chip. There are currently a few repair shops throughout the U.S. that will perform this repair, but since Apple refuses to claim responsibility for this design defect your options are: a) Take it to a microsoldering specialist b) become a microsoldering specialist or c) buy a new phone. None of these solutions are ideal, and we hope that the manufacturer will extend their warranty period or offer compensation for folks like you, but for now you're stuck between a rock and a hard place. Keep us posted on your repair story and best of luck!
Answer to "My wifi antenna not working"The antenna will run you $14.95 + S/H, but we have a repair guide that'll walk you through the whole process!