# Wanted: Geek willing to get paid to hack home tech

TechRepublic is holding gadget-geek tryouts. If you make the varsity squad, we'll give you money--and free tech. TR has a shortage of time and talent available to dissect home electronics and document the carnage, which we gleefully refer to as Cracking Open. If you think you can create a Cracking Open gallery as good or better than the TR pros, we'll sign you to a paying contributor gig and arrange for a steady flow of free gadgets and gear that you can lovingly deconstruct.

Here's the deal: Submit your own Cracking Open gallery to TR editor Bill Detwiler (use the Send Private Message link on his contributor page). The gallery must include digital photos of the disassembled tech, along with captions explaining what is shown and how you took it apart. Extra points for flair, verve, and entertaining geekiness in both the visuals and text. The best submissions will be converted to galleries on the TR Web site, with the contributing members paid for their featured work. The best overall contributor(s) will be offered a regular gig creating Cracking Open galleries for TR--a deal which includes access to TR-purchased gizmos and gadgets.

A few words of caution: This must be original content, you can't copy the photos from someone else's Web site and make up your own captions. The captions must be original, too. Also, we'd prefer it if you didn't crack open a gadget we've already done. And for all you Brits, Aussies and Canucks out there, yes, this offer is open to persons residing outside the United States. If you can speak and write reasonable English, you're eligible. (This will obviously rule out many candidates, Americans included.)

Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger -- amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...

Aaron A Baker

I have been extremely busy for the past few weeks as one will be in this business. Not to mention I had to buy a new Camera as my Vivitar bit the dust.I can take great pictures but can't download them and the interior USB is shot.So I went out and bought another camera.HP this Time. I'm wondering if the applications are still being accepted and considered. When do you anticipate closing down the demand? Is there a time limit. Thanks for understanding Aaron

ironman556_2003

Hi, maybe I've missed it but is there a closing date for this? Thanks. - Have just found it April 29, 2007

johnstont

I am ready to dissect a computer, monitor, or hi-tech gadget to see what makes them tick! I want to see if one of those plasma type really bleed! What I would like to take apart is unique brands of laptops and see what makes one outstanding over another or NOT!

jackie40d

you got to have some fancy tools to take apart a laptop and re-Assemble it the ribbon connections are really fun to get back together ! ! I made a tool for that . . as the ribbons are not so easy to re-install ! They may pull out easy but the re-installing them is a real "B" ! and that putting it nicely ! !

cmiller5400

I FUBAR'd a laptop video ribbon cable once. An expensive mistake ($600 USD) Luckily the laptop was almost junk so there was no loss. carareynolds Thanks to all the members who have expressed interest in TR's gadget-geek tryouts! If you have already made a submission, we are reviewing submissions now and will contact you directly if we decide to publish your image gallery on TechRepublic. To others who are considering submitting an image gallery to the gadget geek tryouts: please do so! Yes, the tryouts are open to all. As the Trivia Geek mentioned in his blog post, we are looking for original image gallery submissions (digital photos with descriptive captions) similar in style to the Cracking Open galleries we have already published, but featuring gadgets not previously cracked open on TR. Particularly good models of what we're looking for: the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii remote, and Xbox 360 galleries. Best way to submit an image gallery for consideration: If it is a previously published image gallery, please send us the URL via e-mail. If the image gallery has not yet been published, please publish it to a photo sharing service such as Webshots or Flickr, then send us the URL. Please note that the deadline for submissions is April 29, 2007. And, please e-mail submissions or any additional questions to me or to Bill Detwiler at TR. Thanks again for all the interest, folks! Systems Guy From some of the posts I've seen already, I'd disqualify some applicants. 1) Read the instructions. They said to email them something you've disassembled with comments and pictures. It doesn't say, send an email as a reply/application telling what you've done. 2) Spelling, geez, learn to spell. If it's not spelling, geez, learn to type. 3) Sentences that can be read without having to decipher what words are missing or misspelled or both. jackie40d I do not have anything to take apart to see whats inside of it and why its not working . . Oh yeah got a 49 megahertz RC twin engine air plane I could disassemble and take pic's of but it works right now . . and when something dies or quits I will disassemble it and see why . . And then I fix it . . NOW LEFT TR "are missing or misspelled or both" Should read: "are missing, misspelled or both" Aaron A Baker Hello TG; I would definitely be interested in taking part in this this. I take things apart all the time and repair\rebuild them so this isn't so far fetched. I also repair TVs VCRs Radios and a wide variety of different objects. This isn't genius. it's poverty. You either fixed it or did without, with six kids to feed I couldn't afford a TV Tech so I repaired it on my own, as with everything else, so this seems a natural to me. If you should decide that I would be a suitable candidate, Please advise and we'll go from there. Regards Aaron NOW LEFT TR The article states - "Submit your own Cracking Open gallery to TR editor Bill Detwiler (use the Send Private Message link on his contributor page)" So you have to do this (above) to be considered for the post. Not just post a message and then hope to be selected. Good Luck Aaron A Baker I had no idea, thus the letter. But shall defenitely do as you suggest. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know of this aspect Thanks My Friend Warmest Regards Aaron PS; I hope he likes Hard Drives. :) btcostales How long do we have to send in a portfolio? I don't have anything as of right now but I have definite interest in this and would like to have a shot at it. Jay Garmon He's compiling particulars, and he'll send you a "How To Apply" message, even if you don't have stuff on tap right now. jackie40d WAY back when when I seen it in an E-mail right at the top of a bunch of messages . . jackie40d The destructions said to send a message to Bill thru this and I did, and so far I have not gotten an ANSWER . . . So I am in the "Dark" as well as to how to get a reply as to when, where, or what ! ! Tonymckeehan need a 40 fingered photograpger to hold 5 cameras while my 80 fingered hands disassemble the products while you capture the procedure and on the lower side I need a lowprofile photographer (midget preferred) with 15 fingers to hold 4 cameras while my toes do the reassembly, and help catch flying parts as they snap across the room. candidant must be a multitasker with a good eye to spot the miceo screws in my shag carpet. If you qualify then lets enter the contest and make some high tech money.. Serious inquiries only. Because I am in for the long haul.. I do this for a living on cellular phones. Snap Crackel Pop. and Presto it works again.. Customer is always happy.. laptoprichmond I think there is a lot of people here who love to take gadgets apart to learn, and something came to my mind and is a unsolved mystery for me, May someone can solve this for me: in the gray scale palm devices from the initial palm pilot to the palm VII (I took all the models apart) and kyocera 6035 palm powered smartphones, when I look in the LCD part, I can see the correspondent wire for each pixel in each side of the screen, which is understandable and make sense, but looking the touch screen part (actually a piece of glass) I just can see ONLY four! connectors from the glass to the logic board (!) and I know there is no magic working there, can somebody explain the working principle of that? I thinkered some weird mechanisms to do that task with four wires(sense the entire screen with 3 pixel accuracy) but I m not sure, they seem pretty complicated, may be the answer is very simple, and I feel bad because I can not see clearly. Thanks in advance. suggestions welcomed, and can send pictures too if somebody ask for them. jackie40d My Palm has more wires but its a Palm 130 M I think AND a bigger screen too . . Lets me do a bunch of stuff . . its my clock and note pad for stuff I do not want to have to remember to do or get . . I not only have taken things apart I have made a circut board to replace a part of it which went bad and it actually worked better . . Took me a week to make the board and a few days to find parts . . loyal.r I agree. I?m 64 and got a wind up clock back working before I started first grade. I could not tell time so I didn?t know that it mattered which direction the hands went. ANOTHER SPANKING!! After 43 years as a technician I would have to say that the passion to understand how things work is far greater than the fear of a peach tree switch or a 3 inch belt for some of us. Virtually every thing that I have ever owned came apart sooner or later whether it was broke or not. You get to thinking about how a hidden catch or plastic solvent glue may be what is holding it together and you simply do a few tests and pry and etc. You break some but you know what?s in there! jackie40d So when does this start ? I am retired and have some free time to disassemble items and go wandering thru it to see the why's and how's of it working . . also got a good camera for taking pic's at different levels of taking it apart . . and re assemble And the$50.00 sounds about right for tinkering with things . . So Do we get to keep them or got to send them back too ? . . And if so do you pay the bill of sending it back ?

rcd1964

After making extra cash by doing crap that I didn't enjoy (selling crap and services) this is right up my alley. I love disassembling crap and seeing how it works. I pride myself on putting it back together and having it work even when I have parts left over. OK, just kidding about the left over parts.

jetkins

A buddy of mine had a brother who would always drop an extra screw or nut into his parts bucket when he was working on something. He never could figure out why he always had parts left over!

Aaron A Baker

Dear Bill; I and many other Canadians deeply dislike and resent the moniker "Canuck" Sounds like a Duck that couldn't make it. It would be nice if for once, the American People recognized Canadians as a people of class and dignity. I would have much preferred reading Canadians instead of this idiotic Term. Please reconsider this as I am sure that I 'm not the only one offended by this Term. I know it's the name of a Hockey team in BC however not all Canadians are Hockey crazy, some of us actually like to read books too. Please take this into consideration while I contemplate the possibility of Joining this team.I have a deep respect for you Bill and so I thought I would make you aware of this feeling amongst Canadians No Offense is Meant Regards Aaron

kenmo

Methinks someone is overly sensitive... I too am one of those "Canucks", and I don't mind the term a bit. ...of course, I'm from Vancouver ;-)

JamesRL

I don't mind Canuck at all. I think its probably nicer than the way someone from the Deep south spits out "Yankee". As for eh, how can you live in the Ottawa area, and not appreciate Ottawa valley speak. Were you there in the days of Delbert and Cecil (we're from the valley, g'day, eh!). James

Aaron A Baker

Obviously; You haven't been to Ottawa in a long time. I and many other have always felt that the terms involved were akin to name calling. Something "Adults" with class do not participate in. It bad enough living in a forced Bilingual city who is about to enact a law dictating that you may not wear perfumes in City Buildings! Without all the extra crap emanating from this kind Juvenile Behavior. T_O, isn't the only City with self esteem {Rather overrated I would say} Time to start standing up for Canadian Class and Dignity. As Canadians, you people should be the first to agree instead of putting you're pointy head's in the and Playing Dumb. "Know what I mean?, EH?? Regards Aaron PS; There's a huge difference between the Bob & Doug MacKenzie nonsense, Dilbert& Co. and real Life. Get with the prgram.

Aaron A Baker

And Loved it. But still hate the term. As for the "eh", that's just as offensive, unless you really don't care about your appearance. Regards Aaron

norka3195

Absolutely, I am willing to destruct everything. i have been a geek for 60 some years with a electronic home and every conceivible gadget in and out of the house, from spmartpohnes to a part time geek at best buy in ohio. Bring it on

briankstahl

Any tech geek loves to pull apart tech...getting paid to do it, even better. Can you provide some more details regarding the responsibilities... such as how often articles are to be written, pay scale...etc. Thanks

jetkins

... and does the equipment have to be returned afterwards?

marioveguez

So I could get paid AND keep the gear afterwards? Now that's a job I could really love. It gives you an added incentive to non-destructively disassemble the item, and the photos help you put it all back - so hopefully you have a new Fujitsu flash-based life drive out of it too! Now if I only hadn't pulled apart my digital camera to see how the lens was put together, I would apply for this job!

marioveguez

Yes, I too love to take things apart - I remember the Honda 125 I took apart when I was just a sophomore in High School - my mother wasn't pleased. Taking pictures of it and writing captions would be easy - I'm just not so sure I like the interview process - take apart my perfectly good working - brand new Nokia N-series cell phone for a job I might not get? Sure, it will probably still work when I'm done, but who wants to carry around a cell phone with cracks in the casing, filled with crazy glue and patched with duct tape? Sorry - I haven't got that kind of disposable income. I suppose I could go on e-Bay and find something for cheap, but who wants to see a 3-year-old PDA pulled apart? Hmm - maybe I could get one of those cell phone warranties - you know - lose the phone, it gets replaced sort of things. :-)

ang2006

....and then there is the matter of finally actually getting "the" job offered. No job and then you have wasted money for a gadget with no return on the investment.

marioveguez

No disassemble number 5! Number 5 ALIVE!

K20J03K

The first thing that i saw in todays Daily Digest was a link that said "Get paid to break gadgets, don't buy HDTV". Now who in their right mind wouldn't click on a link like that?!?! I, like many of the repliers here have loved to take things apart for quite a long time. As a matter of fact, as I sit here at my desk at work (shh don't tell anyone!) I can look up to my top shelf to see what used to be a 17" Planar flat panel monitor, and to my left on the floor, an HP D530 that just decided one day that it didn't feel like displaying any images anymore. What I'm most proud of though, is the wonderful conversation starter that I have as a center-piece to my shelf. Looking at it from afar, it looks a "class A" pile of junk. Upon closer inspection, you notice that the heap is made up of the magnets torn from probably over a hundred hard drives that have died on us over the years. As far as I know, my english is up to par as well. I think it would be very interesting to become involved with something like this.

bparfitt

Finally that which I get in trouble for all the time could actually help someone!! I've been taking things apart since I could pick up a screwdriver. For 6 years I world in a custom car audio/video shop, and I spend a good number of those years we used to disassemble a good number of the pieces we installed to accomplish very custom appearances. From de-soldering ribbon cables and pins, to just being veeerrryy careful not to crack the outside case, we ran the gauntlet. So please consider me as a tech, it would be a great honor, and finally might be able to get out of trouble for taking apart everything in our house!! vr, W. Bryan Parfitt bparfitt@yahoo.com 4107036783

abomg

Would you consider a Brazilian geek with 35 ys of experience cracking open ham radio equipment?

daniel.crompton

I've already got a variaty of hacked home tech plugged in at home. Including a hacked online set top box for my media center, a beamer made from a slide projector and a miniture LCD screen, and plans to transform an overhead projector into a beamer using an old laptop screen with the back light taken off. I'm busy working on some other hard and software projects, but would be happy to void the warranty on any product I'm send. D.

deanloper

Humm getting free toys to destroy now thats worth checking into. Tinkering has been an obsession of mine since first got hands on hammer and screwdrivers at young age. First was learning about electricity after sticking screwdriver in wall socket, nice experience to say the least.

w2ktechman

2nd degree burns on my fingers and thumb from doing that. of course, my fingers were touching the metal part, not the plastic!

BALTHOR

Geek Techs disassemble stuff and take pictures of the carnage.My advice would be to not take your digital camera apart till your done taking everything else apart.(So kids don't ever take anything apart.This expensive equipment is put together in a factory with special jigs and equipment.You'll regret that you did it.Your $500 tech piece will be ruined forever.If it doesn't work,take it in to the place that you purchased it for repair.NEVER NEVER take it apart.) jackie40d I am going to take off the back of the TV set and use my wet dry vac. to blow the dust out of it . . If you EVER took apart a TV and seen the 4 tons of DUST and stuff inside a TV set After just 1 year ! . . You would wonder why it even works ! You know those tiny holes just keep the dust inside it and do not let it out and it settles into and on everything I wonder if I could put a small fan on both sides 1 going in and one going out to keep the amount of dust down to a lot less ! ! Like one of the 4 inch size ones in the back of a computer . . And I DO NOT have a CAT which tends to screw up peoples COMPUTERS and their TV's leaves tons of cat hairs inside both and kills them . . Aaron A Baker As I own a 33" RCA, You're right.It get's extremely dusty inside. So I put it on the table, take off the back and do the same and then clean it out with a very Soft Brush. The Big one's that women use for make-up. Once done, I tilt it on it's side and do the underneath with the vacuum and use the same brushing procedure. I bought this unit Brand New in 1995 and it still work like a little champ. Only problem I ever had was when we all suffered the major Blackout in fro New York City and it shut down half of Canada. The repairs were needed. Other than that this TV has been great. People don't seem to be aware that "Mites" live and thrive in the dust. They are alive and naturally conduct electricity thereby causing shocks and sometimes destroying TV and systems. I have made it a rule to keep everything as dust free as humanly possible. Sometimes, while looking that all the dirt,grime and dust in " some of my client's Computers, I'm frankly amazed that they didn't blow up. Hee. Regards Aaron jackie40d One of my customers did that It took 2 of those cans of air to get down to the Motherboard it was so loaded with dust and hair from animals . . and if they have CATS its worse . . I have seen hair and dust over 2 inches deep in them ! People do not think a computer will FILL with DUST AND what ever else . . but it will . . For the money spent on the cans she could have got a wet / dry Vac to use for other things ! I have used the Wet / Dry Vac for so many things its not funny . . Mostly for cleaning out Electronic Items brought to me for repair. . jackie40d One of my customers did that It took 2 of those cans of air to get down to the Motherboard it was so loaded with dust and hair from animals . . and if they have CATS its worse . . I have seen hair and dust over 2 inches deep in them ! People do not think a computer will FILL with DUST AND what ever else . . but it will . . For the money spent on the cans she could have got a wet / dry Vac to use for other things ! I have used the Wet / Dry Vac for so many things its not funny . . Mostly for cleaning out Electronic Items brought to me for repair. . Aaron A Baker I always use a "Brush", as a starter. BUT! Only after I have taken the unit apart. As for blowing on a Motherboard, ram etc. it's not a good idea, unless you've taken them OUT of the system. A brush is MUCH Cleaner and far more efficient than merely blowing the unit, regardless of the power of your blower. Not to mention that it's a lot safer as I like to make absolutely sure nothing is disturbed by the blast of air. I see filth all the time and I have taken output transformers, removed the boards and "Used a Brush" to clean them out completely. I might mention that The brushes I use are the softest in the industry and are usually used by women to put on make-up. This is still the best method in my mind and I too have taken many CPs apart. Far too many to remember. I've been doing this for over twenty five years now and have not shorted out one single CP. Not to mention the resulting damage that can be caused by a blower regardless of Power. You have you ways, I have mine.Not to mention, I refuse to pay$19.95 for a can of "Air", ridiculous price for [air]. Thanks for the comeback Jackie. Regards Aaron

Aaron A Baker

When I use a Brush, it's a very soft and gentle brush. But needless to say sometimes, harsher measure are require, so I have a variety from soft to Very hard to Paint Brushes. When I take an Out put transformer apart, I them vacuum the crap out as best I can, then use a brush to get what would not lift off the board etc. I then take the Fan completely apart and the clean the magnetic area with a soft cloth and proceed to Oil the Center of the CPU with a "Slight" touch of 3\in\ 1 Oil. Put back together. it hums like a brand new fan. I usually disregard nothing unless it's absolute crap or is shot beyond repair. I've even rebuild Output Transformers using a contact metal paint and got very satisfactory result. Brushes are great but they are only the beginning for me. I usually uses what I have to, where I have to, in order to get the job done. I always amazes me the people just fire the Fans in the garbage as soon as it makes the slightest noise where a little cleaning brings it back to almost new. "Usually" I also repairs Televisions, VCR, CDRoms and just about everything electrical. This isn't genius, it's Poverty. When my kids were at home, I either figured out how to repair the TV set by myself or they would have to do without. So I was left with no other choice but to learn. For a while, my middle name was "Crash and Burn" :) But I've learned a lot over time. Thanks for sharing Jackie Warmest Regards Aaron

jackie40d

Naw I take them outside and use the blowing end of my 2 1/2 gallon WET DRY Vac. there is a ton of dust you missed with a brush . . should see the Dust come out of things . . I use a brush only when I can't get some stuff to move . . I have had to take the Fan off the Cooler for a CPU and clean it with a stiff brush . . It was so plugged up I do not know why or how it ran with it plugged up like that . . Besides I take them outside to clean incase there are other little crawling things inside it . . and the dust mites go bye bye not inside my place . . Besides the power supply would never get cleaned with a brush got to blow them out . . I have cleaned out OLD tubie TV sets that had stuff stacked to . . . and then some ! Thats how far back I go in repairing stuff . .

Aaron A Baker

As it is I have a Vivitar Camera approx worth $450.00 or so. I've had it for a few years now and all worked very well. Suddenly,for no reason whatever, when I go to download the pictures I took into my computer, the camera shut"s down. It's only been doing this for the last couple of weeks, so I thought it might be my USB ports or something in my Motherboard. However everything in my CP looks and works fine including all USB's. I was seriously considering taking it apart as it really costs to bring it in, but being a CP Tech I am also fully aware of the results when someone goes in when they don't know what they are doing. I've had to rebuild a lot of disasters in my time, however Cameras are a different story,. I was thinking that my CP knowledge might get me through, but to tell the truth, I seriously doubt it and am not prepared to buy a whole new Camera. So now I'm left with a Camera that takes great pictures, but I can't download them, thank God for my Memory Card [256mgs]. I'm still debating trying to take it apart myself but am not at all brave about the idea. If anybody has any ideas other than the obvious, I'd be grateful to hear them. Thanks people Regards Aaron artizan As a PC tech myself I know that you are continually required to research and investigate new hardware and software issues and procedures for removing viruses etc. I am always doing research on different application issues. I have found that I can apply these research techniques to all sorts of different problems. I have found answers to qewstions regarding automotive repairs, building custom scooters, gardening, worm composting, renovating houses, and on and on. I have even found anxwers to known issues regarding mini-DV camcorders. So you should be able to apply your PC tech research skills to your camera problem with ease. Arthur Taft, CA www.TaftPCServices.com jackie40d Sometimes the Software goes weird and does not see the camera . . ESPECIALLY if your running XP and its up dates . . Try uninstalling the software for the camera and then RE Install it ! XP has its major faults with UP GRADES or PATCHES / FIX's . One of the reasons I will never use any current version of Windows to many problems and fix's to get fixed, more like fuxed again ! When they run out of fux's for XP I might ( and ONLY MIGHT ) add it to my computer as an up date ! jackie40d Get to close to it and you can't see the tree's just the limb . . I have yelled lots of words at cords now and then hehehehe :-)) Good thing the walls are Solid Block walls like 10 inches thick so no one hears me . . as I have thrown a few things too . . what ever was in my hands at the time . . My time to blow up has gotten very short since I can no longer feel my hands and doing some things just . . . makes me so . . . Mad, . as it now takes a lot longer to do some things it irritates me to no end . . Took months to teach my hands how to tie shoe again . . Aaron A Baker Thanks Jackie; Believe or not,with everything else I've tried, it never occurred that the USB chord might be shot.I'll give it a check and advise. Amazing how obtuse we can become when involved in the deep end all the time,we can forget the obvious. I hope this is the case with me. Thanks again I appreciate it very much. jackie40d Have you replaced it ( USB cord ) Or . . Sometimes you got to delete the software and clean out the registry and shut down re start and re install the software ( I use tuneup utitilites 2007 ) for cleaning out the registry of files longer there or old programs which were erased . . Dam good program Its one of 3 I highly recommend to people ( I had that problem with a HP scanner ) was a MAJOR pain in the you know where ! Aaron A Baker Hi Jackie; Thanks for the info. But, I checked the Disk and found that the most updated version was for Win2000 Then I tried tot get to just detect the software as I would normally. Could not find it. Went online and downloaded the latest updates "exe" for this Camera and STILL when I takes shots it's great, but if I try to download them, it shut's down. Tried every thing I know, so I guess I'll have to bring it in. It used to be that I could just plug it in and it would automatically be detected. The same still happens in the Windows but the Camera shut's down so I must assume the problem lies inside. That's the problem, do I dare open it up and look?, I probably will as my curiosity is bound to get the best of me. But even with over 25yrs Computing and Repairing experience, I'm leery about these new cameras. I'll give it a try and will advise as to whether I either repaired or destroyed it. Hee. Thanks for the comeback Regards Aaron Choppit Disassembly of handheld electronic devices is never really much of an issue if you've got a good set of precision screwdrivers to hand, but reassembly is a very different story. Not only are the electronics (and therefore the PCBs and connectors ) smaller, most manufacturers reduce the length of interconnecting wiring/ribbons to an absolute minimum making reassembly a real art. jackie40d Those short ribbons are a real Pain to put back in place but I made a neat thing for putting them back . . and its still a PAIN in the %$#@ !

Dr Dij

I did a special jig when I got my Sony PC-10 camcorder re-assembled. I was facing a \$273 bill from them to put on the bottom plate with tripod hole. Instead I ordered the part from Sony's parts depot. With a couple 2mm screws. It took a couple weeks as I got discouraged in trying to figure out how to pull it apart without breaking it. THen turns out the bottom plate is attached to a wiring harness with flex inserts, had to pull out flex plastic wiring and put it back in the new one. Had to pull out the mini-DV drive (just 4 screws) and a leave stuff attached but loose while put the parts back together. Nightmare but in the end fun 'learning experience'. next time something broke a year later I took it into the depot. the cheap plastic base plate had broken again also and had them fix that too. Finally had to retire the camera when the zoom switch fell off in a shoot. Have a better DVD mini cam with much higher megapixels. Had to buy new LiOns & threaded filters tho, of course they couldn't make two cameras in a row that use the same battery system or the same size lens threads. Did make me appreciate how well they miniaturize the stuff.

k.dombek

Aw, c'mon, Balthor! This ISN'T a repair instruction set. It's just to satisfy people's curiosity. Don't tell me you never dissected a DEAD piece of technology - never wondered what your operating GIZMO looked like inside? As for software - there's already a lot of people pulling it apart. Some of them even get paid for it......

mjd420nova

I don't ever take anything apart unless it's broke. The imported devices are usually put together in such a way that unless you have the special jig with 40 fingers to release the plastic tabs, you'll have to break it to get it open. Most of the devices are not servicable by anyone but the manufacturer, they have the special tools. Most repairs are parts swapped or replaced, that's why you'll get back a new laptop but your data's gone. I'd love to get paid to take stuff apart and photograph it, especially if it's not mine to begin with. I don't break my own stuff, but if it does break, there's no way to keep me out of it. If nothing more than to find out why it broke and then toss it.

jfa20733

I can't believe you don't take it apart unless it's broken. How do you learn about how it works? I think that is one of the best parts. The other is having it work again when you put it back together or the signifigant feeling you get when you fix something that is broken.

Tech Locksmith

I do this sort of thing all the time, it mostly requires access to special security bits which are not expensive if you know where to get them - I buy them in lots of 10 kits with 100 bits because many are so hard to find.

CharlieSpencer

I really enjoy disassembling laptops, but I prefer sledge hammers. I don't think that's what TR has in mind.

Neon Samurai

I believe also a G3 though may have been an old vanilla case. Either way, some backwoods genious gave it a great sendoff with a bit of explosives and rifle to "ignite" it from range.

Choppit

Most devices can be taken apart with a little patience and mechanical sympathy but admittedly on reassembly the casings rarely have that precisely assembled look. Otherwise I'm with you, if it's not broken or I need it working I dont open the casing. If it's going in the bin, broken or otherwise I NEED to take it apart.

laptoprichmond

FYI, I Love to take all my gadgets apart, and the best part, they keep working and survive with only minor scratches or cracks which I learned to disguise using plastic, heat and paint, I have to refrain myself to broke the customer gadgets, but they usually sooner or later need of my "assistance" and the I enjoy disassembling laptops and get paid for that, sometimes I fix those laptops too. :)