I live, work and play in San Luis Obispo, CA. I just started working at iFixit. I'm new to California and am slowly settling into life here. Prior, I lived, worked and played in the Gifford-Pinchot National forest as a Challenge Course Manager at the Cispus Learning Center.
Tower Rock and the Yellow Jacket Creek. Photo was taken from a bridge leading to my old home, the Cispus Learning Center.
Before working at Cispus I volunteered as a Cispus AmeriCorps member. Cispus AmeriCorps volunteers serve rural East Lewis County in Washington State where they serve primarily as tutors and mentors. The team is also responsible for the Morton Teen Center and the Packwood Open Gym, providing drop-in recreational facilities to disadvantaged youth in the area.
I graduated from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) with a B.A. in Business Administration.
Ideas I Agree With
"Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body." - George Carlin
This the bus comic (second image)
"Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today." - Seneca
I enjoy new experiences of all sizes and shapes. Currently, I'm getting back into racquetball. I'm horrible at chess but love to play. I was vice president of the chess club despite my skill level. I've been known to hike, run, and kayak for fun. I'm one of those minimalist runners/hikers.
Startburst™ Is My Favorite Candy, But I Don’t Eat It Anymore
During college, my friend Max and I embarked on a ridiculous art project. We decided to leverage our Starbursts eating, wrapper folding and wrapper chaining skills to something more substantial than the typical growing candy wrapper attack whip. Originally wanting to create a pixelated version of the Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (my idea), Max and I chose the Seattle skyline as our subject. What must have accumulated to hundreds of man hours, thousands of calories, love handles and that cavity I got filled two years later, Max and I finished a tribute to not only Startburst™, but to the late franchise of the Seattle Sonics. You be the judge if it was a complete waste of time or not, I'm undecided.
Guides I've Contributed To
My Favorite Guides
Can the iPhone SE boot up without a battery like the iPhone 5?Curious if the iPhone SE can boot up and function (for testing purposes) without a battery installed.
Answer to "iPhone 5S SUDDENLY stopped charging overnight!""I can’t afford a new one…" Here are a couple free ideas: (1) Inspect the Lightning connector at the bottom of the iPhone for dirt, lint, and damaged pins. Clean out the dock connector very carefully with a tooth pick or soft toothbrush. If the dock connector is broken, you will have to replace it. iPhone 5s Troubleshooting (2) Try reseating the lightning/dock connector to the logic board. While you’re at it, check for any damage (bent pins, water damage) and debris. You can also clean the lightning/dock connector and socket with isopropyl alcohol. As always, be sure to disconnect the battery from the logic board before doing any of this. (I would also repeat this for the battery connector) iPhone 5s Lightning Connector Replacement (1) Do you know if your other 5S’s battery is good? Why not try swapping your 5S batteries. You could do this with the dock/lightning connectors too.
Answer to "Is my backlight going out?"The backlight might be fine. You may need to replace the inverter. I would suggest trying a new inverter before sourcing and replacing the LCD itself. Here is a guide on how to swap it out: iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133 and 2210 Inverter Replacement iFixit does not have any in stock at the moment, but you might be able to find one on PowerBookMedic.com, Ebay, or Amazon.
Answer to "PlayStation 4 broken in parts!"Sorry, we love our customers and empowering people to fix their own things, but we do not offer this service. We pride ourselves on being an open-source repair wiki. The idea is that by offering parts at lower costs and providing free instructions on how to replace parts, you will be able to save on labor costs. If you are looking for a repair shop, you may be able to find one locally using Yelp or the yellow pages. You can also search our for a repair shop here: Repair Shops
Answer to "Will not awaken from sleep if cover is closed"First, I would Restore Defaults in Energy Saver preferences, here is how: (1) Choose System Preferences from the Apple () menu. (2) Click the Energy Saver icon in the System Preferences window. (3) Click the Restore Defaults button in the Energy Saver window. (4) If you are on a Mac notebook computer, click the Battery or Power Adapter tab to switch settings. Click the Restore Defaults button in both panes if needed. Source: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204760 Second, make sue the following is taken care of: (1) Make sure the computer's battery is charged. Try connecting the power adapter to the computer, then press the power button for one second to see if the computer powers on. (2) Make sure the AC power cord is connected securely to the power outlet, and that the outlet it is working correctly. Confirm the power adapter or cable is attached firmly. (3) If your computer is plugged into a power strip, make sure the power strip is not turned off. Check to make sure other items connected to the power...
Answer to "Won't spin in spin cycle. How to repair?"I found the following on Kenmore 110 Series Washing Machine Troubleshooting page. You mention that your washer will not spin on the spin cycle. Does it agitate your clothes at all? Washer does not spin/agitate "There is a strange noise and click when you turn on your washing machine, and the washing machine will not spin when you try to wash clothes." Broken drive belt If your drive belt is broken, the motor cannot turn the tub. You will need to replace the drive belt using our drive belt installation guide. Bad tub motor If your motor is not working, you will have to replace it. Make sure the washing machine is unplugged from the electrical outlet. To replace your motor, see our motor installation guide.
Answer to "Why wont my camera switch to the front one?"First, I recommend resetting your iPod Touch. If that doesn’t help, I recommend restoring your iPod to factory settings using iTunes. Please make sure you have a backup before restoring your device. If restoring your iPod Touch does not help, it may be indicative of a hardware problem. If you narrow it down to being a hardware issue, hopefully it is only a loose camera cable. Use this guide to get to the front facing camera. If checking the connection doesn’t resolve the issue, you may need to replace the Front Facing Camera.
Answer to "It is frozen and it won't do anything"I recommend resetting your iPod. If that doesn't work, I recommend restoring your iPod to factory settings.
Answer to "iPod Touch 4th Generation has a black screen after opening it?"Assuming you have backed up your iPod Touch, I would restore the device to factory settings. Here is how.
Answer to "Why won't it turn on after screen replacement?"Have you checked the connections of the three display cables?
Answer to "How can I repair the speaker?"Check out Cody's answer for this question: Loud Speaker replacement guide You will need to remove the motherboard and solder the two speaker wires back onto the board. Here is the teardown: iPod Touch 4th Generation Teardown With the side of the logic board with the chips from step 21 facing you, the red wire goes to the corner contact and blue wire connects to the adjacent contact.
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