Why Hello There!
I'm recently graduated from Cal Poly for computer science and I like tech stuff and band. I like to spend my time learning new things about programming (mostly about web development) and FreeBSD, Linux, and other cool UNIX things.
I'm originally from the bay area, so I try to spend some time there whenever I have a free weekend (which is pretty seldom). When I do go home, I like to spend time in SF.
I started playing trumpet in 5th grade, and I haven't stopped since. I casually progressed through my schools' music programs, that is until I experienced the phenomenon of high school marching band. After freshman year, marching band was my favorite thing in the world. My friends and I would obsess about having perfect technique and performing super sick marching stunts. The next year, my friends convinced me to do this crazy thing called Drum and Bugle Corps. The best way to explain it is a marching band of brass, percussion, and colorguard members. These performers practice field shows for 12 hours a day for the greater part of two months, all while traveling across the country.
After two years of marching with the lower-division Blue Devils B corps, I marched with the Concord Blue Devils and with them won the 2012 Drum Corps International World Championship.
I was also in the Cal Poly Mustang Band for four years.
I've been interested in computers for a long time, but my programming experience only began once I started at Cal Poly. I kind of wish someone told me you could do cool things with computers sooner. Since last year I have started really trying to branch out and start learning things on my own. So far I've found web development to have to greatest number of online resources, as well as being the most fun for me, so most of my own learning is in that area.
I also like Linux! I began using Linux as a free alternative to Windows, but started learning command line tools because they made me feel cool. After a year or so I became more comfortable in Linux than Windows. I still keep a desktop around for video games (PC Gaming Master Race), but for almost every other purpose I've become most comfortable using Linux. Since then I've tried most of the big distros.
I currently use a Thinkpad with Antergos Linux with the i3 window manager. I have a personal goal to eventually switch to TrueOS full time.
In addition to my personal computers, I run a little server closet at my house.
The laptop is running FreeBSD and hosts files and media within my home network. The device with the flashy lights on the right is a pretty simple gigabit switch and the device to the left of it is a router running PfSense. My roommates are luckily fairly patient when I occasionally play around with the router and accidentally break the internet for the house.
I like reading them.
I like fantasy books like Lord of the Rings and Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. I've also read a couple books on Copyright and Free Culture, and how they relate to the freedom that users have with products that have copyrighted works in the form of software in them.
I'm currently reading Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson and Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter.
SLO is a pretty nice city for biking, so I got a road bike over the summer and I've been trying to use it as much as I can. There are also some pretty neat bike trails in the Irish Hills area, but I don't have a mountain bike that can handle that.
The aforementioned bike
I like coffee a lot. At home I'll either make some coffee with my Aeropress or make large batches of cold brew.
I also like tea, but less than coffee. I tried pu-erh once and it was pretty neato.
I also like craft beer. If you also like craft beer and are ever in SLO, you should check out either Central Coast Brewing (right by iFixit!) or Bang The Drum. Cider Bar is also a great bar, they have outstanding cider.
Teardowns I've Worked On
Guides I've Contributed To
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My Favorite Guides
Answer to "I have an app that freezes up my phone"That's troubling. If your S6 is running Android 5 (Kitkat) or higher you should be able to disable specific applications from a settings page. To view all of the applications on your phone, open the Settings app. Once that is open, look for the option called "Applications" or "Apps". This settings page should give you a list of all of the applications installed on your S6. If you find anything suspicious you can tap that app and on the next page have the option to uninstall, force quit, or disable the application. Since you don't know the name of the application, I'd recommend viewing Settings -> Battery and looking at the list of applications that use the most battery. You can also open the Play Store app and view My Apps and Games from the sidebar and look at the recently updated applications. If you discover the name of the mystery application from either of those you can go back to the Applications settings list and uninstall that specific application.
Answer to "encryption unsuccessful message popped"Oh boy, if it was trying to encrypt data and failed mid-procedure I think it's safe to say that some or all of the data on your phone's storage is lost. I did happen to find a procedure on an XDA Developers forum that is supposed to help reset your phone. The only issue is that it assumes you have rooted your phone. Here's the link http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1447303. Let me know if you have a problem with the reset procedure.
Answer to "Why is my printer displaying a "no computer conected" message?"That's odd, do you have the driver and printer software installed? If not, the drivers for your printer should be at this URL http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-Officejet-6500-All-in-One-Printer-series---E7/3795309/model/3795393. Also, are you trying to connect to it over WiFi? I've found that removing the printer from my devices list and re-adding it sometimes helps if my WiFi printer stops responding to print jobs. You can find your devices list on Mac OSX by going to System Preferences and then finding the Printers and Scanners button. On Windows you can find your devices by clicking the Start button, and then, on the Start menu, clicking Devices and Printers. Let me know if any of these methods worked or not, and I can try to help further if your printer still isn't working.
Answer to "Display Screen is Cracked"According to the Early 2015 rMBP Teardown, the 2015 model has the same display as the Mid 2014 model. That means that you should be able to use the MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Mid 2014 Display Assembly Replacement guide. That replacement guide has links to tools you'll need to take apart the computer as well as the display assembly part you'll need to replace your current cracked screen. It doesn't look like there is a display assembly guide for the Early 2015 model yet, so feel free to make one if you're up for it! Hope this helps!
Answer to "Why are there two red lights when I turn PS3 on?"I looked around the PlayStation forums for anything on two red lights after a YLOD reflow. The only solution I could find was making sure that each component was correctly connected after reassembly. Someone on the forum said that they hadn't reconnected one of the daughterboards correctly and that doing so fixed the double red light error. I'll keep looking for other solutions, but checking all the component connections should be a good first step for solving the problem.
Answer to "Why won't my phone charge?"That's interesting. Since you replaced the battery and the problem still persists I would think that replacing the Dock Connector would be your next best step to take. The only other problem I could think of would be that the cable you were using was faulty, but it sounds like you've tried that already. There is a repair manual for that procedure with a list of tools and parts you'll need, as well as the instructions to do the replacement. iPhone 4 Verizon Dock Connector Replacement Hopefully that'll solve your problem!
Answer to "facebook not fitting scale"Do you mean full scale as in same view as you get on a desktop browser? If so you may be going to https://m.facebook.com/ instead of https://www.facebook.com. If you go to the first link you will get a version of Facebook that is optimized for phone-sized screens.
Answer to "Can I save a word document on my phone's desktop"Sort of. You can't save the file on the launcher screen, but there are ways to access and store word documents on your phone. If you have a Google account you can access documents saved to your Google Drive through the Google Docs app. If you prefer using Office, Microsoft makes an Office Suite app as well. There are also third party applications like OfficeSuite 8 which don't require a Microsoft or Google account.
Answer to "How do I change the sim card port?"From your description it sounds like the problem is in the SIM Reader Module and not the cards. If that's the case, you probably need to replace the module, which would require replacing the motherboard. There's a guide for that procedure (Samsung Galaxy S5 Motherboard Replacement), but you'll need to acquire a motherboard from somewhere else. Here's a link on eBay that has the parts you'd need to do the replacement. When replacing your motherboard, you should also transfer your rear and front-facing cameras from your old motherboard to your new one. Hope this helps!
Answer to "Why can't I download any more apps?"Hi! This sometimes happens to me on my own phone. The two solutions are to either migrate some of the data (photos, music, downloads, etc.) from your internal storage to your SD card, or move apps from your internal storage to SD card. I'd recommend getting a file manager from the play store to see what is taking up so much space on your internal storage. This file manager should do the trick. Once you have that installed you can look in your Downloads, Music, and DCIM (pictures) folders and see if there are any large files that you can delete. If there is a large group of music, pictures, etc. that you don't want to delete, but don't want on your internal storage, you can use the file manager to move them. This can be done by long pressing the folder/file name, selecting "move" from the options, and then navigating to the SD card and selecting "paste". Here's a list of YouTube videos that explain how to do this. Videos. This video in particular should be helpful for moving both files and apps to your SD...
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