Welcoming Gary Chiang to OLPC

John Watlington wad at laptop.org
Thu Jun 17 08:19:57 EDT 2010

On Jun 17, 2010, at 4:46 AM, Christoph Derndorfer wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 4:48 PM, John Watlington <wad at laptop.org> wrote:
> I would like to announce that Gary Chiang has joined OLPC as
> a contractor, working on hardware development and teaching
> repair procedures.   Gary is no stranger to the project, having
> worked on all OLPC laptops while at Quanta Computer, Inc.
> He has the distinction of having worked on OLPC hardware for
> longer than anyone else, starting with Mark Foster early in the
> XO-1 development!
> Gary will be based out of Taipei for now, and can be reached
> at gary at laptop.org.
> Welcome Gary!
> I'm particularly enticed by what your plans are when it comes to  teaching
> repair procedures.

[This is meant to be in addition to Gary's reply]

Gary has literally been "the guy who teaches the factory how to
fix the motherboards".   He spent over a week in Uruguay teaching
them both the basic manual skills and techniques for repairing SMD
PCB repair and specific debugging techniques for the XO-1 motherboard.

In terms of scaling him up, we should probably dedicate a video crew
next time he does this.   The current approach works only for the
larger deployments --- but the tools and parts needed aren't necessarily
cost effective for smaller deployments.

Suggestions ?

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