Who am I?
I am an artist, tinkerer, husband, and foodie. Despite the harsh rumours, I was neither grown in a lab or raised by wolves. I grew up on a small ranch in northern California, where my parents ran an IT business out of the house. I probably complained about having to do farm chores every day before school, but in my free time, I was turned loose upon a world of books, gadgets, and a five-acre playground. I spent my formative years developing a love of nature, technology, and beauty that affects the way I see the world today.
What do I do?
My wife calls me a renaissance man. I’ve spent most of my career seeking out and latching onto new skills. I’ve worked as a bronze fabricator and apprenticed for a gallery artist/tai chi instructor. When I haven’t been playing with fire and metal, I’ve been doing electrical and IT work or programming smart homes. I now have the privilege of working as a technical writer for iFixit’s EDU department. I write repair guides, work on teardowns, and help teach technical writing to college students. Basically, my job is awesome!
In my off hours, I spend a lot of time playing board games, reading, sketching, and bingeing on comic books. I spend a lot of evenings trying out new recipes and chatting with my wife about short story ideas over dinner. When I have the time, I’ll take a bronze casting class or find a fun project that forces me to learn a new skill. I’m currently trying to find a good space for my blacksmith anvil, as the sound of a hammer working metal tends to overrun your average condominium complex.
Details for my biographer
I’m a lover of science fiction, dumb jokes, and spicy foods. I did a 4th-grade book report on Huxley’s Brave New World. I had a mullet in high school and a mohawk in college. I’ve never read a Harry Potter novel. I once had a close call with a 3,500-pound sculpture and the business end of a crane.
Teardowns I've Worked On
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Guides I've Contributed To
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Guides I've Helped Translate
Answer to "Where to find replacement parts for Nexus 7"You can find parts for both the Wi-Fi and 3G versions of the Nexus 7 (1st Gen) here.
Answer to "How can I replace the camera lens on the Samsung Galaxy S5?"You can find the camera lens cover on the iFixit store. If the rear-facing camera itself is broken, we have a replacement guide in addition to the part.
Answer to "Can we change the rear plastic iPhone 5c?"Hi, Elouen. It is possible to replace the rear case of the iPhone 5c. Just follow this guide to replace the case. You can order the rear case from the iFixit store.
Answer to "What adhesive / glue is best for screen replacement?"Hi, Roger. If you don't have the specific adhesive strips for your phone, 3M double-sided adhesive tape is your best option. You can cut the tape to length to match your phone. The rolls that iFixit sells provide enough adhesive for about one hundred screens. As others have mentioned, be sure to remove the existing adhesive before applying the new adhesive strips. You can use iFixit's adhesive removal kit or your preferred brand of adhesive remover.
Answer to "The repair kit didn't work.."Hi Willemsesley, If you haven't already, try using this guide to reflow the motherboard on your Xbox 360. It's even worthwhile to try this before installing the RROD Fix Kit. It's also worthwhile to check the new heat sinks and thermal pads to confirm that they're seated correctly. I hope this helps.
Answer to "mi Htc one S no Carga pero enciende"Hola Thejesux, Este problema de carga podría ser causada por los contactos sucios en el conector USB del teléfono. Trate de limpiar el conector USB. Retire la batería y limpie el conector usando un cepillo de dientes y alcohol. Espere a que el alcohol se evapore, a continuación, intenta cargar el teléfono de nuevo. Si el teléfono todavía no reconoce el cargador, es posible que tenga que sustituir el conector USB. Se puede utilizar esta guía para abrir el teléfono y acceder al conector USB. También hay un video que muestra alguien retirar el conector USB.
Answer to "How to fix the apple logo becoming skull"Hi Wilfredo, You might just have a corrupted file in your firmware. The skull logo suggests the iPod was jailbroken with the Greenpois0n jailbreaking software. If you didn't jailbreak the phone yourself, the easiest solution might be to put your iPod into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode and restore it with iTunes. If you're already familiar with jailbreaking iOS devices, you can just try jailbreaking the iPod again.
Answer to "Why the screen disturbed after mobile charging"Hi zeyadkamal96, If your phone shows screen distortion after falling into water, it's a strong sign that it's undergone some water damage. You may also have residual moisture still in your phone. I'd recommend reading through our Electronics Water Damage page and addressing the problem directly. If you decide to open up your phone, we have several HTC One guides that should prove helpful.
Answer to "Screen colour black and white while playing"Hi Allposition, A GameCube can display black and white when the video cables aren't hooked up correctly. Most GameCube cable harnesses have composite cables, component cables, or some combination of the two. If you inadvertantly mix up these connections, the video will display incorrectly. I'd check the back of your TV to make sure your system is wired up correctly. If your setup is correct, you might actually have a faulty cable harness. You can buy replacement cables here.
Answer to "Why is my phone need to use charger to access applications?"Hi Antony, It sounds like you're still dealing with the ongoing effects of water damage. In fact, you might still have moisture in your phone. As many community members can confirm, water damage can often show up hours or days after the initial incident. I'd recommend powering the phone down, pulling the battery, and taking care of any remaining moisture and residue. You'll probably want to disassemble your phone and clean it before you power it up again. We don't have guides for the ZenFone 6 yet, but there are a few videos on YouTube that could prove helpful. Be sure to check out our Electronics Water Damage page for help taking care of the water damage. Hopefully, this will fix the problem and prevent anything worse from happening. Good luck!
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