I enjoy learning how to do things.
Most of the time I like to learn it with the help of my friend the World Wide Web. Sometimes the World Wide Web and I will have our disagreements or arguments, but we always make up. I can never stay mad at them.
Anyway, I taught myself or sometimes with the help of others (actual people, not the computer) how to do things. I have learned from watching my dad (he attempted to be a handy man sometimes successful and sometimes not) and watching my friends. I learned the inter workings of the computer through friends and my brother. So when it comes to calling up customer support for further assistance (when I cannot figure it out) it pisses me off when I tell them I have done everything they just told me to do, but they want me to do it AGAIN because they think I don't know. Grr... But this isn't about that (yet). Other things I learned, HTML, CSS and Flash. Nothing at an expert level or even advanced (and most Flash I have forgotten now), but enough to get by or expand on if I wanted to.
But learning all these things would just build up in me and then I NEED to know how it works. So I learn how to do it. I'll ask my friends who know about it, questions.
My need for knowing how either things work or knowing how to fix things has grown. I just recently learned how to fix an ipod. I researched it about 1-2 years ago because someone thought their ipod died. It ended up just needing an old fashion reset, but I learned how to replace the hard drive, thinking maybe it was that. So I learned how to do it. Step by step. It was fascinating to me. I sat on it because I didn't want to spend money on getting all the parts on fixing an ipod when there was a chance it wouldn't work. Well, the urge to do it was too much and I gave in.
I bought a used ipod video on ebay.
They said it wouldn't turn on.
The audio didn't work.
Through headphones or the dock (which FYI, its VERY COMMON for Ipod 5G/Video!)
Plus, the guy clearly busted the front cover probably trying to fix it himself and failing. Miserably. (now I have to buy a new front cover too)
So what I originally thought was a battery or hard drive issue, turned out to be a logic board issue.
I learned how to do that, bought a new logic board, swapped it out and presto! It works. So now I have a used ipod 5G for cheaper than a refurbished one and roughly about the same price as a used one I can get off ebay.
I must say I'm proud of myself.
Now, I'm no expert, but I can always help and send you in the right direction if you decide to fix your ipod yourself.
Just let me know.