Writer, Editor, and Advocate at iFixit
Ahoy-hoy! I’m a writer and editor at iFixit. I work on the text of blog posts, teardowns, video scripts, press releases, research, marketing—anything that needs to be written, or have its writing checked and fixed up. I also make the occasional video and speak to the press or at events about repair.
In my time at iFixit, I’ve written features on magnificent product deaths, rants about Amazon doing better on recycling and refurbishment, and reporting on how Apple’s Face ID “bug” crossed the line. They’ve had some real impact.
I studied English at the University at Buffalo, but I spent a lot more time on the student newspaper than on Milton, Chaucer, et al. (although I did learn you should only use et al. when referring to people, not objects).
More relevant to repair, I’ve completed a one-week training course in microsoldering at Jessa Jones’ iPad Rehab. I’m not in regular practice, but the course changed the way I think about electricity, electronics, and what our devices are really like inside.
I was a traditional newspaper reporter at three different small-to-medium-city newspapers. After that, I wrote for Lifehacker, writing a half-dozen blog posts per day about software and productivity. I freelanced for a few years after that, then joined Wirecutter, where I spent dozens of hours researching product categories to recommend products for people who don’t want to spend those dozens of hours.
My proudest fix-it moments:
- Rebuilding a 1988 Schwinn World Sport from the frame up: built the wheels, re-packed the hubs, ran new cables, learned a whole lot.
- Replacing the battery and screen on a friend’s Samsung S8 Plus, which was a lot more intensive than I thought, in my earliest days at iFixit.
- Upgrading the awful dashboard system in my Ford C-Max, and learning all about the world of car hacking in doing so.
- Helping a friend who was quoted $500-$800 to replace the battery and (single) USB-C port on a 2016 MacBook for about one-fifth that price.
More about me
I ride and fix bikes whenever I can. I wrote a post for my previous site about DIY ebike conversions. Not everyone can ride a bike, but every bike should get a rider. Share the road.
I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about pizza and chicken wings in my life. I don’t regret it.
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"My Ipad air 2 screen comes off" için yanıtIt 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.
"Where is the Write Protect Screw and how do I install Windows?" için yanıtAustin, 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...