Yes, I'm calling my life before iFixit the "backstory." Maybe that makes me a superhero? Probably not.
I grew up in a great place to be from: Lodi, California. Heard of Lodi? Of course you have because some punk named John Fogerty wrote a song called "Lodi" with the chorus: "Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again." For your enjoyment while you read the rest of this page:
I went to aptly-named "Lodi High School" and devoted myself entirely to Competitive Speech and Debate, competing at State and National Finals several times and earning a quad ruby my third year.
Luckily, I didn't get "Stuck in Lodi." College brought me to UC Berkeley, where I got a degree in English. My most memorable times at Cal were happily spent at Caffe Strada drinking a mocha and reading War and Peace, Wuthering Heights, Notre-Dame de Paris, etc., etc.
While I loved Berkeley, the greatest time spent in college was in a UC extension program in Paris, France (not Paris, Texas). My mom was born in Tavannes, Switzerland and has family all over France. So, it was a great time to reconnect with European family and drink in the culture and history of the center of the world.
Just before graduation, the economy took a dump and job prospects for a newly-minted English major were bleak. Passionate about politics, I took an internship as a political writer in Sacramento and eventually moved to San Luis Obispo where I worked as an organizer and District Representative for Senator Sam Blakeslee. After running a few successful campaigns for local candidates (I'm omitting any mention of the unsuccessful ones—he he), I decided I was tired of politics and hung up my spurs.
After being a happily unemployed patapouf, I decided my future would be well spent at iFixit.
My first grand project at iFixit has been iFixit Pro, a free resource to help people start and grow repair businesses.
The scope of the project is truly ambitious—and we've worked with people from all over the world to develop the curriculum. I even got to go to Nairobi, Kenya to teach a repair business workshop. There, I smooched a giraffe. Not sure which one of us was the luckier. ;)
iFixit Marketing Projects
I have a lot of fun at iFixit marketing existing products and dreaming up new ones. My favorite project must be the Action Hero Toolkit, a playful celebration of MacGyver's birthday.
While it isn't in my job description to create guides, I thought it would be a good idea to more fully understand the time, skill, and passion it takes to create a truly awesome repair guide. So, I've endeavored to create a guide whenever I break something. Here are a couple guides that are makin' my hands internet famous:
Life Outside iFixit
I enjoy woodworking and gardening most deeply but when my patience for delayed gratification is short, I'll happily watch some really terrible TV to remind myself just how derivative that one episode of "Friends" really is.
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Mis Guías Favoritas
Respuesta a "Vinotemp does not cool and smells like burning"Look for any signs of damage: discoloration on the board, burn marks, anything out of the ordinary. The flickering lights and bad smell makes me think you have faulty/leaking capacitors. If a close inspection of the board doesn't help, I think you should just go ahead and replace the capacitors. Hopefully that works for you!
Respuesta a "microwave has no power"Microwave repair is a dangerous endeavor if you don't know what you're doing: (1) The capacitor inside can hold up to 300 volts which can do some real damage (2) The magnetron ceramic is incredibly toxic That said, a fuse replacement is a relatively easy fix. (The main fuse should be on the main board next to the power input.) However, a blown fuse is sometimes just the symptom of a different problem in the microwave. I fix anything and everything that breaks in my house—but outside of a simple fuse swap, I wouldn't try to fix the microwave myself.
Respuesta a "What Type of Certifications Do I Need to Resell Refurbished iDevices"I'm seeing two parts to this question: what does Uncle Sam want and what does Apple want. Check the Small Business Administration for the legal/tax requirements of your state. It's a way powerful resource—use it to make sure Uncle Sam is happy. As far as Apple goes—you don't need any special licenses to refurbish and sell. I'd make sure and restore/install the OS the device came with. And, as a general rule, make sure the end user does all the software setup themselves after the OS is installed. If they want to upgrade the OS from what the device was shipped with, let them do it themselves.
Respuesta a "My body has a bad color"It is possible to turn a black iPhone 5 into a white iPhone 5. You will need to replace your display assembly, home button, volume controls, ringer switch, power button and rear case. And, if you want it to be perfect, you'll have to replace the lightening connector and headphone jack. The slots are colored differently based on the model. Currently, iFixit does not carry all of the required parts.