-= About =-
Miroslav Djuric is the former Chief Information Architect of iFixit, a collaborative repair community that is dedicated to helping people keep their hardware running longer. He attained a concrete understanding of how things are fabricated while obtaining a graduate degree in Industrial Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Miroslav has extensive experience with technical writing, repair, making service documentation accessible to a global audience, and sustainable consumer electronics device design. In his spare time, Miroslav rides horses into the sunset, tinkers with automobiles, and writes user profiles in third-person point of view.
-= Car Stuff =-
The previous owner had babied it its entire life, and the car was mechanically sound. It started its second life in my hands at around 85,000 miles, a basest-of-the-base Dx model with two options: air conditioning and leather.
It just recently hit 222,888 miles, thankfully in my driveway -- where I was able to capture this moment on digital film without risking a car accident.
-= In My Bag =-
I love "in my bag" pictures. They can tell quite a story about a person's background and view on life. Below are two of my "in my bag" pictures. The left picture depicts the contents of my backpack that I carry every day, while the right picture shows all the fun stuff in the tool bag that resides in my car's trunk at all times.
I like tools.
-= PolyHouse =-
PolyHouse is a Cal Poly Industrial Engineering project found by Dr. Javadpour in 2004. Part of IE's Project Management class, the project asks students to completely refurbish a home for a family in need over two weekends. The majority of the class involves preparation -- figuring out what materials are needed, soliciting donations, purchasing whatever's not donated, and making sure there's fall-back methods in case things don't go as planned. As I found out during 2006's PolyHouse, things don't always go like they should :)
I was the Landscaping project manager, in charge of both front and back yards on a pretty sizable property.
Some "after" photos:
Our 2006 clients were a delightful mother and daughter whose circumstances prevent them from making many necessary changes to their home. The daughter was 54 years old and had both physical disabilities and chronic depression, stemming from a work related accident some years ago. She had had back surgeries and severe nerve damage in her legs which had left her in constant pain. The daughter is the primary caregiver of her 75 year old mother and also has a mentally and physically handicapped child. Due to her depression, physical disabilities, and overwhelming caregiver stress, she did not have the energy nor the means to maintain their shared home. Her mother’s health has continued to become more fragile as a consequence of her diabetes, blindness, and other age related illnesses, creating more dependency on an already frail daughter. It was our goal to improve the safety and comfort of their home and with the possibility for completion of household projects that would otherwise go undone, bring great comfort and hope for them.
I've gone through lots and lots of projects during my schooling at Cal Poly. None of them have had as profound an effect on me as this one.
-= Serbia =-
I hail from a land of great turbulence. Known to most as the bad guys in the Balkan wars and various movies, I prefer to look at it as the source of some really fun people: Nikola Tesla, Resident Evil's Leeloo Dallas, and Novak Djokovic, among others.
I got the chance to revisit my birthplace in 2011, and I had one of the best times of my life. Everything was significantly smaller than I remember (I was 8 when I stepped foot on U.S. soil), and I could not believe how much beauty was juxtaposed against so much trauma sustained by the wars. Only pictures can do it justice, at least in terms of beauty (I'll spare you the trauma):
Teardowns I've Worked On
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Guides I've Contributed To
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My Favorite Guides
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What is the purpose of this wiring connector?This is a more general wiring question, as I've seen these kinds of connectors in other devices as well: Three questions:...
The car amplifier doesn't provide a signal to the subI have the most perplexing of issues at hand, and I don't know where else to turn to but here. My sister's car -- namely,...
How do I remove the drain plug from the shower tub?I feel silly asking this question. I feel like this should be common knowledge. I was instructed by the plumber about six...
How do I fix my broken odometer?I was about to drive to work this morning, when I noticed that my odometer reading was totally discombobulated. I have no...
Why is the engine bogging under acceleration?I recently managed to get the moped running properly, albeit for only a short time. Things were looking up: I replaced the...
How do I maximize my LCD's life?I have an LED-backlit LCD panel on my MacBook Pro A1226. I was wondering if minimizing its brightness during the day will ...
How do I attach a chrome muffler tip?I purchased at least three different muffler tips over the course of my Accord ownership. Each time, I would cut the tip...
How do I fix my broken audio-out jack?I have a problem that's been pestering me for quite a while. About three years ago I began to intermittently lose sound...
What's the best way to fix a broken headphone band?I have a set of Samsung SBH500 Bluetooth headphones that unfortunately have a snapped headphone band. The band is...
What's the best way to install a new throttle cable?I got some awesome tips on diagnosing my moped's stuck throttle cable problem. The solution seems to be to install a new t...
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Answer to "Losing memory on hard drive, any ideas?"Generally speaking, this is a normal attribute of running your machine. The operating system stores information on your hard drive as you're browsing the internet, working in Photoshop, etc. Even more hard drive memory might be used if you don't have enough RAM, since the operating system then needs to use the hard drive for temporary storage. And if that happens, your machine will be running as slow as molasses (hard drives are much slower than RAM), which is why it's important to have an adequate amount of RAM. Rebooting the machine will restore a good chunk of the "lost" memory, but never all of it (even if you completely clean out all of the folders where cache files are stored). Given how inexpensive storage has become, you may be able to find a friend who upgraded their hard drive and doesn't need the old one. Even a five year old drive could easily have 120 GB or more on it, which would almost triple your storage capacity. I'd suggest finding that sort of inexpensive (or free!) solution if your...
Answer to "2001 Buick La Sabre Limited's RPM gauge drops to zero while driving?"When it "goes to 0," does the engine shut off, or does the car mysteriously recover and keep on working? Could it be a faulty ignition switch? My Accord used to just randomly turn off while in the middle of driving, and it took me a couple of months to figure out my ignition switch was bad. I replaced the ignition switch and things worked perfectly since!
Answer to "How do I replace the front glass?"Here's the guide you need to perform the repair: Samsung Galaxy S4 Display Assembly Replacement You can also replace just the glass itself, but we don't generally recommend doing so. Here's a user-contributed guide on how to perform that repair: Samsung Galaxy S4 Cracked Front Glass Replacement
Answer to "The car amplifier doesn't provide a signal to the sub"My sister was resourceful and instead of taking out the sub, she instead took off the side RCA jack panel so she could check the wiring. Lo and behold, one of the wires that connect to the RCA jacks had come loose on the inside. She secured it properly and everything worked fine afterwards -- including the old amp!
Answer to "Is it possible to make the old iPad lighter?"Well... anything is technically possible, but oftentimes economically infeasible. In other words, you're better off buying an iPad Air and selling your old iPad than trying to "lighten" the old one. It'll be less time, money, and frustration by a large margin — and someone will put the old one to good use!
Answer to "Replacing the screen of the Surface Pro"We did the hard work and found out that yes, the screen is openable, and the SSD is replaceable, but opening the Surface Pro is a terrible endeavor. You have to use a heat gun and pry the glue "just right," otherwise you'll either not separate all the glue, or you'll come too close to the display cables and risk shearing them. Since we were operating blindly — nobody has opened one prior to us — we ended up shearing one of the display cables, so our Surface Pro is now a very solid looking coaster. But we sacrifice ourselves for the science, and that's how things go sometimes. (Don't worry, we'll find other good ways of using the device — our devices are never "gone for good.") You may be able to get away with reusing the existing glue, if you work in a relatively clean environment and don't get a bunch of dust/debris on it. There's gobs of it on the top, but not so much near the bottom, so the bottom area may have "re-sticking" issues. Alternatively, we recommend getting your hands on the strongest 3M...
Answer to "Can I increase Surface PRO RAM"I'm sorry, but you can't increase the Surface Pro's RAM. The chips are soldered directly to the motherboard. Check out step 14 of the Surface Pro teardown in order to see for yourself :) John is right — the SSD is replaceable, but opening the Surface Pro is terrible. Here is a shot of the actual SSD found in the Surface Pro: From the teardown: "The Micron RealSSD C400 packs 64 GB of storage capacity. It can read 500MB/s and write 95 MB/s — all in a tiny 1.8" form factor."
Answer to "Can the hard drive be replaced?"Don't worry guys, you won't have to take apart your Surface Pros in order to find out if the SSD is replaceable. We did the hard work and found out that yes, the SSD is replaceable, but opening the Surface Pro is terrible. Here is a shot of the actual SSD found in the Surface Pro: From the teardown: "The Micron RealSSD C400 packs 64 GB of storage capacity. It can read 500MB/s and write 95 MB/s — all in a tiny 1.8" form factor."
Answer to "Would it be possible to remove the battery using a heat gun?"Remember that in this case, the "bottom" of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is actually the keyboard/trackpad side. Injudicious application of heat -- whether through heat gun or hot plate -- could result in melting a few of the keyboard keys, or possibly damaging the trackpad. The battery is removable, it's just very, very hard to do. The biggest issue is with the trackpad cable that's being routed under the battery, as seen here. One slip of the spudger / ruler / whatever you use to dislodge the battery could shear that cable, resulting in having to replace the trackpad as well. The whole battery is held in place by a frame. You can dislodge the individual pieces partially, but you need to lift the whole enchilada out at the same time. Otherwise a.) at the very least you'll break the frame connecting them, or b.) you'll puncture one of the batteries and have a nasty, smelling, dangerous mess to clean up. I speak from personal experience. :)
Answer to "SSD in the lower-end model?"As Jan mentioned, it's unlikely that the SSD connector in the "cheap" model will be any different. However, we have one of the base units coming in, so I can let you know for sure in a day or two.
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