Who on earth is Brad?

Hello, world! I’m Brad, a tech enthusiast and mechanical engineering student at UC Berkeley.

This blog was originally created for an 8th-grade ICT class project. I’ve decided to take it a bit further. On this blog, you will find projects, device teardowns, guides, reviews and more!

hack
verb
gerund or present participle: hacking
1. To cut with rough or heavy blows.
2. To use a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system.
3. To modify something in order to improve it.

Brad Shacks

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Simon P
Simon P
1 year ago

Hey Brad. Just thought I’d take the time to show some appreciation here. I must have been the 1 person who didn’t have any MBxP touchpad rattle at all, but every single other aspect of this laptop is now better because of you.

Thanks.

Conan Wolf
Conan Wolf
1 year ago

hello i heard that you did a WDTVLive hack… well i have 2 question, what is in side of one of these devices, what are the real specs… it must have some kind of decent processor to be able to run movies. Second can i change the firmware to make… Read more »

des
des
11 months ago

Hi Brad I unfortunately spilt some baby oil on the keyboard of my Matebook X Pro. It would boot up as the SSD couldn’t be found. However I fixed that using rubbing alcohol. But now some keys aren’t working x,c,v,m and ; plus ‘ A couple more wern’t going but… Read more »

Oleg
Oleg
11 months ago

Hey Brad. Absolutely awesome website and your explanations are super detailed and clear. Have you ever run across a MBxP keyboard where the left control key creaks when you press it down? Maybe a clearance issue of some sort?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Yosef sh
Yosef sh
7 months ago

Hello , i have actually question , i have a problem with my laptop (huawei matebook x pro mach-wx9) My laptop screen is blurring with colors but in the same time it’s working , the touch is working and i can see the screen is not broken , how can… Read more »

Matthew Hiscock
Matthew Hiscock
1 month ago

Hi Brad Great site, may I suggest something to try on your MBPX – after seeing your cooling hacks. While there is clear cooling issue, you identified the core issue at the start of your video. “The air isnt always flowing over the hot areas, before getting ejected from the… Read more »

Gabriel Aizenman
Gabriel Aizenman
1 month ago

Hey Brad. I currently have a Matebook x pro, but unfortunately I think the hinge got damaged when I put a little too much pressure whole it was open. As a result, when I close it a crack appears on the back and the screen seems to be ever so… Read more »

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Ravi Balla
Ravi Balla
30 days ago

Hey Brad, site looks cool. I have a MBP, but when I sent it for out-of-warranty (bought just over a year ago), they tell me that motherboard is gone and asking $1300 to replace. Do I have a better option from your perspective?