About hobbyists:

Anton and Fabian first got involved in the hobbyist group through the Learning Journey to Intel. After that, we got involved in a learning resource package as a project in order to to increase IT literacy in the field of mobile communications. The sabbaticals are a subset of the project where we use hands on lessons as well as lectures from engineers from Intel to help facilitate this learning.

Our reflections for the Intel visit can be found here.

Below are some pictures and videos of our activities.

[Fabian]
I take apart my computer sometimes. Below are a few images of my computer in pieces. It's still in perfect condition :)
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[Anton]
I do roughly the same things as Fabian although I have a slightly different skill set.
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The videos below are of the disassembly and result of us disassembling a Dopod C800.



Description: A fast-forwarded video of Fabian disassembling a Dopod C800 (rebranded HTC Hera 100).


Description: The result of the disassembly. The individual parts are laid out on the mat.


[Xiaodong]
I am too, like to disassemble things. I also like creating things, from rockets to home-made tasers to small programs and games. I like to bring my knowledge of science into other subjects, such as my own ignition system improvised from a circuit board and transformers:
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This is quite simple, the metal thing at the middle is the cathode, the anode is at the bottom. Actually it doesn't matter which is which, as long as there is a potential difference in the current, the current will flow through the transformer, which is the golden coloured object. This steps up the voltage greatly, and causes a spark to jump from one of the carbon electrodes to the other. The carbon electrodes are the two black sticks which are actually 8B pencil lead (higher purity). The yellowish object at the top is some thermate(aluminium+iron (III) oxide+sulphur+propan-2-ol+ethanol) based fuel, which goes off quite easily. Everything is improvised, the sulphur I found at home, the volatile liquids from spray cans. Just what I love to do with circuitry!

Next is what I also like to do: disassembling. Unlike what anton and fabian did above, disassembling a laptop and a phone, I am disassembling a desktop that I just put together from some old hardware.
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This is the insides of my desktop, and if you recognise the hardware, they are extremely old. But they still work! The specifications of this desktop a few years back was very high, and at that time, it was counted as a high performance PC.
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RAM. 256MB DDR RAM. Now we use 4GB to 8GB RAM, and they are about a inch or two shorter.


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The CPU. It is an Intel Pentium. Pretty old chip, even the thermal paste can't be wiped off anymore...
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The network card. Not very new either. Does not support WIFI and Bluetooth, just LAN.
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Hard disks from my PC.
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82.3GB for that huge disk! A newer HDD:
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320GB for more than half its weight. Also, this can be used as a notebook HDD and also as a USB HDD, which is what I am using, with a HDD to USB port (the black thing at the bottom).
This is everything from my desktop, and I plan to build a better and more modern one in the holidays. Until then, I will be doing more of the LED project.