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Wanted: Geek willing to get paid to hack home tech


Money for tech dissectionTechRepublic 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.

Dissected XboxHere'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.

Dissected GameCubeA 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.)

Questions or comments? Contact Bill or leave a reply to this blog post. Otherwise, get crackin'!

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Aaron A Baker
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
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
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!

carareynolds
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
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.

Aaron A Baker
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

btcostales
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.

Tonymckeehan
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
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.

loyal.r
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
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
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.

Aaron A Baker
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

norka3195
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
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

marioveguez
marioveguez

No disassemble number 5! Number 5 ALIVE!

K20J03K
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
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
abomg

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

daniel.crompton
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.

BALTHOR
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.)

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