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Hi, my name is Ellis Ruckman and I am an SEO Content Writer for iFixit and a student at Cal Poly SLO. The purpose of my job is to improve device pages across the website. Every day I choose an under-appreciated page, research the product, and write background information to help you find the exact device you are looking for.

In university I am studying computer engineering because I love hardware and software. How could I choose between two subjects that are equally awesome!?

My repair journey began in high school when my loyal desk fan stopped spinning for what seemed like no reason. After taking it apart, I discovered a blown fuse inside and soldered on a replacement. I was hooked! Now I’ve used iFixit guides and parts to replace a bulging battery on a 2010 MacBook Pro and add an SSD to a 2012 Mac Mini Server. Tinkering with electronics is fun!

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If I can get a computer working, it’s a good challenge to see if it will boot a Linux distribution. I certainly had a tough time getting Linux on a 2006 Mac Pro, but I eventually prevailed with a 32/64-bit Debian installer burned to a CD-R. Old school!

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