Welcoming Gary Chiang to OLPC
christoph.derndorfer at gmail.com
Thu Jun 17 09:58:15 EDT 2010
On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 2:19 PM, John Watlington <wad at laptop.org> wrote:
> 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
> > 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.
Yeah, a video guide is certainly a great idea.
Additionally I'd accompany it with written guides with lots of photos which
are great for printing out and bringing along when you're in the field or
Compiling a list of required equipment for these repairs might also be
useful. While small deployments might not have the resources to obtain this
equipment themselves having such a list could probably go a long way in
helping them find partners at companies or universities which could give
them access to their labs.
e-mail: christoph at olpcnews.com
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