What am I doing right now?
Right now I’m trying to craft the perfect profile page. So far I’m two sentences in and it’s going great.
In a broader sense, I’m working at iFixit as a technical writer, tinkerer, and photographer. I take things apart, figure out how they work, take pictures, and tell everyone about it. Basically, I turned my childhood hobbies into a profession—
but now I don’t break things but now I break slightly fewer things.
I spend a lot of my time in the office writing the best instructions on the internet, but I’m lucky enough to have been a part of some other pretty cool projects, too. I’ve appeared on TWiT, helped review a $100 iPhone X, written manuals for Motorola, and consulted on a few engineering and design projects. One time, I even got to fly to Sydney, Australia as part of our team racing to tear down the first iPhone X.
The team in Australia for the iPhone X teardown.
What did I do before right now?
Before I came here and started playing with gadgets, I graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a degree in mechanical engineering, concentrating in mechatronics. As part of my degree I built an autonomous car that could drive upside-down (and it won our class’s tug of war contest), helped start the Cal Poly Prototype Vehicles (PROVE) Lab, and co-designed the suspension for Dawn, PROVE Lab’s land speed record challenging solar car.
Dawn, ready to break records.
On my way to iFixit I worked as a mechatronic engineer for an autonomous ground vehicle manufacturer, a sandwich engineer at a sandwich shop, and a bike mechanic. In terms of skills applicable to everyday life, experience as a sandwich engineer has proved invaluable.
Okay I have other hobbies, but most of my free time goes toward riding bikes, racing bikes, and other bike-related doings.
If I’m not on or near a bike, I’m probably rock climbing, backpacking, taking pictures of things, playing video games, reading a book, watching anime, taking stuff apart, or fixing something that I acquired because “it just needs a little work”.
Teardowns I've Worked On
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Guides I've Contributed To
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My Favorite Guides
Answer to "Damaged motherboard, is it worth fixing it?"Hi Lissette! Here is a guide to replace your logic board; you'll find all the tools and parts you need linked in there too. As for whether or not it's worth it to repair, you can be the judge of that, but doing it yourself is certainly a lot less than the quoted $800!
Answer to "Should the rough side or the fluffy side face against the airflow?"Hi mckenziemardelli, the fluffy side should probably face the inside of the air outlet so that the air hits that side first. You can read this for more info.
Answer to "Asus TF 700T mother board part number (P/N)"Our part number for the motherboard is IF287-007-1. You can find it here, available in 32 GB or 64 GB. Good luck on your repair!