I’m an experienced journalist, having reported for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. I was a Senior Editor at Lifehacker and Senior Staff Writer at Wirecutter before joining the iFixit team, with a stint freelancing in-between. I’ve written for Fortune, Popular Science, Fast Company, Mediapost, ITworld. Men’s Journal, and Buffalo Spree magazine, among other publications. You can read some of my favorite work I’ve done on my personal site.
I’d completed a handful of iFixit guides before joining the staff here, for myself and for friends and relatives. Some are lost to my personal account that had to get wiped in favor of this staff account, but some I have reclaimed here.
My proudest fix-it moments:
- Rescuing the lowly HP Stream 11 by figuring out which Linux distribution would work with its cheap/weird drivers.
- Rebuilding a 1988 Schwinn World Sport from the frame up: built the wheels, re-packed the hubs, ran new cables, learned a whole lot.
- Helped my co-founder at CoworkBuffalo build a user access system to open our electro-mechanical door for members: Twilio->Heroku->IFTTT->Python server->Wemo port.
- Replaced the battery in a Big Jambox while at a brewery.
Teardowns I've Worked On
Guides I've Contributed To
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Answer to "My Ipad air 2 screen comes off"It looks like they didn’t do a very good job sealing it back up, perhaps using so much adhesive, or layered tape/adhesive, as to lift the screen. But you already knew that. If the separation isn’t too bad, you might get by with some clear tape, an epoxy/adhesive like Sugru where the separation is. Depending on your tolerance for a slightly jerry-rigged solution. Getting the screen off again is a bit of a job, though do-able. If you do want to start over, you’d want to use isopropy alcohol (preferably 90% alcohol or more), and then either Tessa Tape or one of our adhesive kits. Tough call, and I can’t know how hard it will be to remove the glue they used. A DIY tape/adhesive/Sugru solution seems like the best way to go.
Answer to "Where is the Write Protect Screw and how do I install Windows?"Austin, I’m sure this is way past the point where you can use an answer, but I wanted to put this here for anyone wandering around the web, looking for an answer. If you’re willing to put in the work, you can get Windows 10 running on a Pixelbook. You don’t even need to take apart the device and damage that rubbery bottom/back portion. The best and most up-to-date information on this process comes from MrChromebox, a tireless ChromeOS hacker who makes firmwares available for Chromebooks that can boot things other than ChromeOS. Not all Chromebooks can do full UEFI boots for Windows 10, but the Pixelbook can. The subreddits to search/watch for new developments and how-tos are /r/chrultrabook and /r/PixelBook. This post tracks the status of the PixelBook’s Chromebox script and what hardware it has working Here’s a post where a user describes getting Windows 10 working without any disassembly/write-protect removal. If you want your PixelBook to boot smoothly into Windows, without having to hit a key...