Today I repaired an iPhone 4 that was in working condition but had broken front and rear glass.
It took about 2 hours, longer than the estimated time. I suppose it would take less time for someone more tech savvy than myself, and/or someone who had done it a few times.
Given the nature of my work at iFixit, I thought I would have done this a few more times than this. Ne’ertheless, I shall continue on, and will hopefully do more of this kind of thing. I really had fun!
I just thought of it this way. I never stop working. Mostly it’s related to learning, but my mind never stops trying to make things better; whether for me or attempting to find a solution to some of life’s problems that all humans have to deal with. I’ve been cleaning a lot at work lately and I feel like it’s related to my want to make things better.
I think my new rule is going to be that I will leave a room better than when I entered it. This will instill in me, over time, a long-term ability to make things better. And as I just realized, making things better is a lot harder than making things worse. It takes character, integrity, and a very strong drive to make things better, and I want to do what it takes.
Another inspiring day at work in the life of a technology enthusiast in the year 2012.
Today I ran the social media stream for the iFixit twitter account while the Dozuki team (specifically Kyle Wiens) pitched the product at DEMO Spring 2012. It was really fun. I had a good setup on my two-screen setup at my desk, and I kept a pretty decent stream of content flowing the whole time.
After the initial presentation, I did some follow-up tweets and then decided to hold a giveaway contest: a free custom-laser-engraved iFixit 54 Bit Driver Kit to a randomly selected retweeter/mentioner of @Dozuki. I received a stack of entries, picked one at random by opening a separate browser tab for each entry, then tabbing through each with my head turned until I lost any notion of which tab I was on then stopped. I chose a gentleman from Portugal (who was a very happy and gracious winner), engraved his custom message with the laser cutter, and put it in a box and shipped it out. It was easy to do. I hope he enjoys it; no one else has a custom-engraved kit like that in the iFixit-sphere.
I got a free avocado from a new girl at work. We were chatting in the kitchen about this and that, and she offered it to me. Oops, and I forgot to take it out of my briefcase when I got home. I’ll just do that now…
This week has been dull. I keep telling myself I’m going to get motivated to get out and get active on the weekends, but I always end up staying inside. I think I’m going to have to do something about it if I’m going to get anywhere.
However, I guess that’s not entirely true. I went to work on the iFixit LeMons car again this past Saturday and then went out with friends later that night. So I suppose I am getting out. It just feels like I don’t for some reason…
Next weekend we’ll be taking the car to Button Willow Raceway so I and the other newbie drivers can learn how to drive on a real race track. It’ll be the first test of the car’s integrity as we’ll be driving it both Saturday and Sunday. I’m excited and nervous to get out on an open track. The only experience I’ve had going fast was on the 55 freeway going 120 mph in my ’88 Supra during mid-morning traffic when I was 16. But don’t tell anyone.
Now I get a chance to do it the right way. Not the way I have to feel bad about for the rest of my life, but the right way. Big difference.
In fact, much of my experience in SLO has been just that. Doing things the right way as opposed to the wrong, stupid, or irresponsible way. I feel more in control of my life in a lot of ways. Other ways, not so much, but those are mostly leftovers from having done things the wrong way for so long. I’ll turn it around. I just have to keep my head up and put one foot in front of the other.