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O'Reilly's New Magazine for DIY Tech Projects

michael posted about 10 years ago | from the stay-alert-and-keep-your-soldering-iron-handy dept.

Hardware Hacking 207

sargon writes "O'Reilly will begin publishing a new magazine, 'Make,' in early 2005 which is aimed at the do-it-yourself crowd. To quote the home page: 'Make brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. Make is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. This is a magazine that celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.' The first issue will focus on kite aerial photography." Any suggestions for what they should cover?

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Also in the first magazine (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291840)

How to create your own DIY Tech Magazine.

10 books for $20 bucks (4, Interesting)

BoldAC (735721) | about 10 years ago | (#10292077)

Both of them are confusing sometimes...
Both of them are popular...

Just for reference, we are talking about this O'Reilly [] , not this O'Reilly. []


Really though, get your boss to get you a subscription to Safari O'Reilly. [] You get access to any 10 O'Reilly books you want each month for less than $20. We've quit buying dead trees... and we just all use this now as our library.

Re:10 books for $20 bucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10292169)

I've also noticed that the distribute a fairly comprehensive back catalogue with BitTorrent. I don't have the actual .torrents handy at the moment but you can find them easily enough on Suprnova.

Re:10 books for $20 bucks (1)

BoldAC (735721) | about 10 years ago | (#10292216)

While that might be an excellent way to advance your personal knowledge, a bunch of torrent downloads is probably not something you want linked to your business account/computer.

$20 a month gives you a lot of knowledge... and you can write it off as a business expense.

First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291845)

First Post!

Re:First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291851)

uhm no

Kite aerial photography (-1, Troll)

Schreckgestalt (692027) | about 10 years ago | (#10291849)

The first issue will focus on kite aerial photography." Any suggestions for what they should cover?

Yeah, I have a suggestion. Cover a string that goes to the ground and a guy who holds it und looks straight into the camera!

Re:Kite aerial photography (1)

kingkade (584184) | about 10 years ago | (#10292010)

I have a suggestion for you: make sense more often.

The art of First Post'ing (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291850)

As you can see, I've failed it again...

10th post? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291852)

Hi mom!

Make (4, Funny)

Zorilla (791636) | about 10 years ago | (#10291853)

user@localhost>make o'reilly
No rule to make target 'o'reilly'. Stop.

Fuck. Not for me, I guess.

Re:Make (1, Insightful)

ezzzD55J (697465) | about 10 years ago | (#10291982)

Actually your shell generally wouldn't parse that due to the single quote ;) however:

$ make "o'reilly" make: don't know how to make o'reilly. Stop

Re:Make (2, Funny)

darkonc (47285) | about 10 years ago | (#10292038)

user@localhost>make o'reilly
No rule to make target 'o'reilly'. Stop.

Lucky you: I just got a greater-than sign that wouldn't go away, no matter how many times I hit 'enter. . I had to enter the command again, then I got this:

[darkonc@me projects]$ make o'reilly
> make o'reilly
make: *** No rule to make target `oreilly

make oreilly'. Stop.

Topic Suggestions (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291857)

1 How to go out and meet women!
2 Work out how much your personal time is worth to you!
3 Working during the daytime

X10 ads (-1, Troll)

otisg (92803) | about 10 years ago | (#10291858)

I'll subscribe, not only if it doesn't include those annoying X10 pop-under ads. Oh, this is print?

Re:X10 ads (2, Funny)

Zorilla (791636) | about 10 years ago | (#10291885)

Oh, this is print?

In other news, internet ad agencies that are fed up with popup blockers in the newest generation of web browsers are adopting technology originating from children's popout books in their new campaign for traditional magazine advertising.

Archives (5, Funny)

VistaBoy (570995) | about 10 years ago | (#10291860)

So the archived copies of Make Magazine will be called Makefiles?

How about sombody's home (1, Insightful)

MrScary (39957) | about 10 years ago | (#10291864)

....maybe Barbra Streisand?

In related news (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291868)

Hustler has been providing a magazine which is aimed at the do-it-yourself crowd for decades.


Ob. Beavis and Butt-head quote (2, Funny)

Zorilla (791636) | about 10 years ago | (#10291903)

Mechanic: "Well, how the hell am I supposed to change the oil if you don't have a car?.....Oh, I get it. You guys are do-it-yourselfers."

Butt-head: "Uhh...Beavis is a do-it-yourselfer."

(full text of article incase of /.'ing) (0, Redundant)

master0ne (655374) | about 10 years ago | (#10291869)

The First Magazine for Technology Projects Make brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. Make is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. This is a magazine that celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will. Cover of the first issue of Make. Coming early in 2005, Make is a hybrid magazine/book (known as a mook in Japan). Make comes from O'Reilly, the Publisher of Record for geeks and tech enthusiasts everywhere. It follows in line with the Hacks books and Hardware Hacking Projects, but it takes a highly visual and personal approach. Our premier issue will show you how to get involved in Kite Aerial Photography -- taking pictures with a camera suspended from a kite. We'll show you how to build an inexpensive rig to hold your camera. We'll also show you how to make a video camera stabilizer, a do-it-yourself alternative to an expensive Steadicam. And we'll show you how to create a five-in-one cable adapter for connecting to networks. Some projects are strictly for fun, others are very practical, and still others are absolutely astounding. Make's promise is: If it can be done, we will help you do it. We'll help you make sense of all the technology that's in your life. Make will have a Mobile section providing tips and advice on cell phones, PDAs, and GPS technology; a Home Entertainment section, including managing your digital music and installing home theater equipment; a Cars section looking at the intersection of computers and automobiles; an Online section looking at how power users are using Amazon, eBay, and Google, plus other services; an Imaging section, featuring digital cameras, Photoshop, and managing your photo; and a Computers section that looks at custom hardware as well as wireless and home networking. Make vs. Buy Get inside your iPaq. Make is not another one of those "gadget" magazines that feature products on every page. While we like gadgets as much as the next person, we chose to focus on cool things you can do with technology, not just what to buy. Each of us has plenty of new technology at home and in our briefcase, and we'll write about our experience using this technology. What we are most interested in is the knack for making that technology work the way we want it. Become a Maker There are all kinds of Makers, making all kinds of things. Through Make, you will meet extraordinary makers who create one-of-a-kind things for all kinds of reasons. A maker can serve as an intelligent coach, a dependable (and approachable) alpha geek who knows what to do and wants to help you learn how. Our goal is that all of us can learn to become makers, just as we might learn to cook or use woodworking tools. There are makers at all levels of experience and we can learn from each other. Make will provide a web site for a community of makers who are willing to connect with others to share their experiences and collaborate on new projects. Learn soldering techniques. Join Make If you'd like to learn more about Make, then join the Make mailing list. We'll send you information about subscribing to Make and the announcement of our premier issue.

Re:(full text of article incase of /.'ing) (5, Funny)

Zorilla (791636) | about 10 years ago | (#10291911)

I agree with this guy; carriage returns are overrated.

Re:(full text of article incase of /.'ing) (1)

master0ne (655374) | about 10 years ago | (#10291942)

well if i had realized that when i copy/pasted the carrage returns wernt included, i would have manualy added them, but yes they are, i say we all return our carrage returns!

Re:(full text of article incase of /.'ing) (1)

operagost (62405) | about 10 years ago | (#10292043)

Use the Preview button next time. And plain old text mode.

Re:(full text of article incase of /.'ing) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291940)

I doubt orielly will be slashdoted.

Lego Mindstorms programming via Applescript (1)

lazylion (101229) | about 10 years ago | (#10292016)

..also, I'd love to get into
(1) J2ME/MIDP development on Mac OS X
(2) hardware modifications to mobile phones (simple mods! Like hooking up a digital voice recorder to a small microcontroller and a phone to make it automatically call me. or hooking up an RS-2332 GPS to a phone to make a portable location transponder. The trouble is (and the reason we'd need a magazine) the companies that supply this stuff won't just give it out to mere persons like me. Hopefully the magazine can get through that first tough layer of salesworms so we can actually get interesting chips and prototyping boards like in the olden days before DirectTV starting suing anybody who owned a souldering iron.

Some suggestions... (4, Funny)

mikael (484) | about 10 years ago | (#10291875)

...How to build your own personal reusable spacecraft using only an old washing up liquid bottle, some sellotape, a couple of lemons and a box of bicarbonate of soda.

If that proves too difficult, I'll settle for a flying car.

Re:Some suggestions... (4, Funny)

wertarbyte (811674) | about 10 years ago | (#10291901)

You mixed something up, that's a topic from MakeGyver Magazine.

Just stop it (1)

ShatteredDream (636520) | about 10 years ago | (#10291927)

Ok MacGuyver, you've already proven that you can make a death ray out of chewing gum, a ford pinto radio antenna and a double A battery, so please stop bragging, it's getting old. We all bow before your higher geek prowess....

Re:Some suggestions... (2, Funny)

wfberg (24378) | about 10 years ago | (#10292024)

Sellotape? You must mean "sticky backed plastic".... ;-)

Re:Some suggestions... (1)

fermion (181285) | about 10 years ago | (#10292080)

There is an old guy in Canada that can show you how to do this with duct tape!

Re:Some suggestions... (1)

Stuart Gibson (544632) | about 10 years ago | (#10292119)

Isn't that what John Carmack is up to at the minute?


Man (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291876)

Someone needs to get laid. And it's not me. I fucked your mom last night.

Daddy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291991)

I didn't know you posted on /.

Old issue reprints will include (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291878)

"Don't Get Burned By Fire"
"Roll Your Own Wheel"
"Print This With Your Own Printing Press"
"The Shocking Truth About Electricity"

Redundant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291934)

Perhaps a moderator better look up the word in a dictionary.

This is a tough format. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291881)

The problem here is its such a broad topic. People's interest diverge so far that it's really a much more suitable topic for a generalized search engine Google rather than a magazine format. While some people will tend to think that stuff in the kitchen is cool, others will think it should include coding. Others will want automotive and others will prefer architecture or explosives or metalwork or hide tanning or alternative energy. The Foxfire series tried to do something similar, but they also had a theme beyond just doing it yourself which was doing it the old fashioned way. That only appealed to a certain set. Coming at it from the opposite, doing it yourself and doing in the new way doesn't really seem to work as a theme.
I think the real question is, do we still need magazines?

Re:This is a tough format. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291944)

I think the real question is, do we still need magazines?

Are you the guy I saw on Flight 2451 bringing his laptop into the shitter?

Re:This is a tough format. (3, Interesting)

syukton (256348) | about 10 years ago | (#10292076)

Well, magazines have some stuff going for them that other mediums do not.

The weekly newspaper covers a broad range of topics, and these topics are easily diveded into sections. I do not see any reason to prevent the collection of various projects under an arbitrary set of "topics" in order to sequester the attention of those interested in, say, mechanical engineering, to only the brown-tabbed pages. Just because it's all bound up together doesn't mean that you can't divide it up.

But the question is: do you want to divide it up?

It depends on what you're making. I've always wanted to know how to get the iron out of iron ores. I could search it up on wikipedia, but what if I'm on a bus on my way across the country and don't have access to the handy-dandy wikipedia? It would be nice if it were in a magazine that I could fit in my backpack. But what use is knowing about smelting if you can't build your own smelter? Once you know how to refine iron and make steel (in your own smelter!), what use is it unless you're making things with these materials, from scratch? Sandcasting is a great way to make objects from molten metals; you could find yourself making all kinds of things. As an aside, possessing this kind of DIY know-how would make for much more interesting episodes of DIY-theme gameshows.

You need to make the information accessible, is the thing. The internet is great and all, but it's nothing for disseminating information like a magazine. For about 8 to 14 hours a day while the sun is up, you can read any book or magazine you like. The internet is down when my cable modem is out, when there's a hurricane, when I'm not at the computer. I can't pass my computer to the person next to me and say "read this article" without first presuming that they know how to use my computer. But with a magazine or a book, you hand it over, you point your finger on the place that they should begin reading, and whammo! Your information has been shared!

Mentioning hurricanes in my previous paragraph prompted this perfect example: There's nothing but junk all over the southeast right now. Knowing how to turn junk into things like nails and hammerheads and axe blades and so forth is fairly valuable knowledge in the midst of a terrible disaster, no?

just my $0.02.

Re:This is a tough format. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10292175)

True, but I think they can find a great balance. Just one article each.

I feel like it'll be geared towards everything except coding. I think any articles on coding would lose the rest of its audience, and there's a larger geektoy/hometheatre DIY audience than there is tricks that involve coding.

For example, it might not show you how people figured out grabbing files off of your Tivo HD, but it'll show you waht programs to use to do it.

That's my take anyways.

A White-Hat-Hack-zine on paper, nice (4, Insightful)

wertarbyte (811674) | about 10 years ago | (#10291884)

Most magazines here (in germany) claiming to be about hacking cover subject like "How to copy ANY CD!" or how to 'hack' your neighbour's WLAN, these magazines seem to aim at 13 year old wannabe-crackers who just discovered this secret hackertool "tracert" with which they can "track and locate" other computers on "T43 n37". I hope that this new magazine will present the term "hacking" in the right light. Well, it'll be hard to receive in germany I guess.

Re:A White-Hat-Hack-zine on paper, nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291904)

We have that in the states too, its called 2600.

Um..not to sound stupid, but.... (4, Insightful)

Generalisimo Zang (805701) | about 10 years ago | (#10292122)

I'd actually be interested in something like that, and I know others would be too.

Sometimes people forget that not everyone is endowed at birth with immense knowledge (like the parent poster apparently was :P ), and that many people would appreciate something that walks them through the simple first steps of new concepts.

What really tees me off about a lot of tutorials and manuals, is how they'll go into great detail on the basic principles (great), and they go into great detail on solutions to intermediate and advanced level concepts (again, great), but they spend a tiny ammount of time quickly glossing over the first few steps to actually get something done (arrrghh!).

It's sort of like getting some piece of furniture home from Ikea, and discovering that the pictographic instruction sheet had been replaced by a journeyman carpenter's course book.

Yeah yeah, it's great to be able to see how to shingle a roof and build drywall... but I just want to know how to put friggin Tab A into Tab B so my Ikea bookcase doesn't collapse when I set it up.

So, please don't disparage anyone who's going to actually step up to the plate and provide good solid basic knowledge to people who may not have been exposed to it in a way that they could actually USE it before.

Basic knowledge is a good thing... except for those of you who were born knowing everything :|

DIY Tricorder (3, Interesting)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | about 10 years ago | (#10291893)

Using Pic and BasicX microcontrollers and various sensors (RF, Chem, Rad, etc.). Add a nice graphics LCD, and a SD memory slot. (All of this is available now)

My "Mark I" should be operational soon. Maybe I will do a write up for "Make"...

Re:DIY Tricorder (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291989)

I'm thinking, buy a GBA SP (they're $70 or something at Fry's now) and use it as the display, via some flashcart interface or something.

Re:DIY Tricorder (1)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | about 10 years ago | (#10292157)

The display is a no-brainer. The BasicX can do straight serial out to the LCD.

Re:DIY Tricorder (5, Interesting)

Simonetta (207550) | about 10 years ago | (#10292089)

This is not exactly sardonic. The microcontroller performance/price ratio has risen greatly over the past few years. But it hasn't risen as fast as the cost of medical equipment.
It's not uncommon to have 100-to-1 ratios between the price of the electonic parts and sensors and the retail price of specialized medical equipment. It comes from an environment of predatory lawsuits and cost-is-no-object medical insurance coverage. Health care costs are rising insanely in the USA. The only way employers are dealing with it is by not offering medical insurance benefits to their employees, which is not dealing with the issue at all. The Republican/Democrat lawmakers are bought off by the HMOs and the drug companies, and will continue to only vote for legisation that directly benefit the HMOs and drug companies.

When people like you will need medical care in America in the future, the options will be to take a trip to another country and buy treatment at a much less cost than America, or use black-market treatments, medicines, and medical equipment that has not passed US FDA certification. DIY stuff.

Black market medical equipment will be one hot fast-growing market for electronic developers and technicians in the next twenty years, simply due to the tens of millions of people thrown off the health insurance rolls. It will be necessary to develop an illegal, but parallel, FDA to ensure that this black-market equipment is reasonablely safe and reliable.

Networks in medical electronic schematics, software, sensors, and parts will spring up in P2P formats. Like the P2P music file-sharers, they will be completely illegal. And, like the music sharers, they will be completely necessary and fill the vital social function of providing a market for industries that have painted themselves into a corner through their own greed and stupidity.

Re:DIY Tricorder (2, Interesting)

skaffen42 (579313) | about 10 years ago | (#10292257)

Fuck, can't figure out if that was a very insightfull comment or if you have been reading too much William Gibson...

Unfortunately I suspect you might be right. I have considered medical tourism a couple of times, and actually know a couple who fly from Seattle to South Africa for any serious medical/dental work. Even with the cost of the flights, they still save money, have excellent medical care and get to have a vacation at the same time.

I guess this should also serve as a wakeup call for all the guys in the medical profession. It isn't just IT jobs that can be outsourced...

Interest High (3, Insightful)

mefus (34481) | about 10 years ago | (#10291895)

I'm very interested in such a magazine, but disappointed that they almost inevitably are or become those "gadget" magazines spoken of in the description.

I think the advertisers in such a magazine often end up fighting the reader base and pulling the focus of "cheap and homemade".

Maybe there's a better chance this one will stay focused if O'Reilly is the publisher?

Forgot to ask my question! (1)

mefus (34481) | about 10 years ago | (#10291937)

Any other magazines (online or otherwise) like that out there?

RTA - those "gadget" magazines (2, Informative)

StrawberryFrog (67065) | about 10 years ago | (#10291956)

I'm very interested in such a magazine, but disappointed that they almost inevitably are or become those "gadget" magazines

Make is not another one of those "gadget" magazines that feature products on every page. While we like gadgets as much as the next person, we chose to focus on cool things you can do with technology, not just what to buy. Each of us has plenty of new technology at home and in our briefcase, and we'll write about our experience using this technology. What we are most interested in is the knack for making that technology work the way we want it.

Re:Interest High (4, Interesting)

Jeff Duntemann (20005) | about 10 years ago | (#10292144)

As I understand it, "mooks" fall somewhere between the book and magazine business model. (I'm curious where Borders will shelve them!) Print magazines are supported almost entirely by advertising revenue, and thus advertisers have almost literally the power of life and death over them. (I have edited several tech magazines in my career, and lordy, do I understand this or what?) Subscribers have been trained not to pay for print magazines by ridiculous "six free issues!" pitches, so in truth, subscriber revenue can't cover but a fraction of what the magazine costs.

My guess is that Make will come out twice a year and be much thicker than a typical print magazine. It will probably be a thinnish book, and may cost as much as $12 or $15.

As for advertisers, figure the people who sell the raw materials for tinkering: Radio Shack, mail order electronics parts houses, tech book publishers like Lindsay Books, and so on. The revenue from advertisers will bring the retail cover price down below what you'd expect for a tech book.

These are guesses on my part; I have no inside information. But if I were to go back into magazine publishing again, this is how I would do it.

I wish Tim the best of luck, and perhaps I'll be able to contribute articles.


--Jeff Duntemann K7JPD
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Great Scott!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291899)

This is a realy very good idea. If you are prepaired to spend a little time - think of it as a hobby - you can gain a lot of nice custom gadgetry. You can build a PIC programmer for a dollar or two.

You could have your place wired to suit your needs. It does not require a genius. Just patience and comitment.

Tech Books for IT pros no longer profitable? (2, Funny)

Cryofan (194126) | about 10 years ago | (#10291906)

Probably, they now that all the "Learn Programming in N Days" books are no longer such a big profit center, they are turning to the recreational side of technology, like so many former IT professionals who have been laid off....

Re:Tech Books for IT pros no longer profitable? (1)

fluffybacon (696495) | about 10 years ago | (#10291951)

Probably, they now that all the "Learn Programming in N Days" books are no longer such a big profit center
I thought that Sams published those books.

Re:Tech Books for IT pros no longer profitable? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10292047)

Somehow I find it hard to see a real IT professional reading a book called "Learn Programming in N days"; you probably mean all of the English majors that hopped on the IT bandwagon in the late 90s that have now been culled :-)

Re:Tech Books for IT pros no longer profitable? (2, Insightful)

iantri (687643) | about 10 years ago | (#10292179)

That's Sams..

O'Reilly publishes the programming books that don't suck.

Please. (2, Funny)

OmegaBlac (752432) | about 10 years ago | (#10291913)

"O'Reilly will begin publishing a new magazine, 'Make,' in early 2005"
Instead of O'Reilly running:

# make Make

maybe they should run:

# apt-get install Make

and it will be here now instead of 2005!

Re:Please. (2, Funny)

darkonc (47285) | about 10 years ago | (#10291954)

# apt-get install Make

I think of apt-get being for prepackaged and (nearly) complete builds.

If you're in the DIY mode, you're more likely to be using Make. Once you have a (semi) complete product then you'd be making it available to the apt-get crowd.

Hmmm (-1, Redundant)

Limburgher (523006) | about 10 years ago | (#10291917)

./configure --with-subscription
make subscribe

ad nauseum. . .

I wouldn't buy it... (4, Insightful)

ThisNukes4u (752508) | about 10 years ago | (#10291920)

Because half the fun in trying out cool stuff is thinking up the idea yourself, then trying to put your idea into a physical (or binary) representation. This magazine would take out all the fun.

Re:I wouldn't buy it... (4, Insightful)

darkonc (47285) | about 10 years ago | (#10291998)

Because half the fun in trying out cool stuff is thinking up the idea yourself, ..... This magazine would take out all the fun.

Not at all.. The magazine lets you see what other people are doing. This gives you some interesting ideas for:
1: Things you might want to do that are (slightly or completely) different
2: Ways of getting unusual things done on a budget not signed by the NSA.

The guys that were the technical advisors to one of the second world war escape movies ("The Great Escape", I think) considered the possibility that it might give future jailers ideas about preventing those same tactics from being used again, then decided that what was most importat was teaching the committment to thinking up ingenious methods and diversions that was most important, while the specific tactics were all but irrelevent.

Re:I wouldn't buy it... (2, Insightful)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | about 10 years ago | (#10292092)

I think it gives a good "springboard" to your own customizations. Kind of like "that's neat, but with this part like that, it can also perform another function twice as well".

Kind of like software programming, you shouldn't need to write your own kernel now, but it is easy to modify someone else's Linux or BSD kernel work rather than redoing the entire job. - previewed (3, Informative)

pjones (10800) | about 10 years ago | (#10291923)

you can see a bit at the o'reilly site in the subject but you can also read quite a bit about Make on the various blog reports of FOO Camp.
At that time, I thought that Make == Popular Mechanics/Electronic + Wired (when Wired wasn't tired). Think of Make as a Mook or a Bagazine.
Here's my blog entry of the presentation at FOO:
The Real Paul Jones - Make = Mook/Bagazine []

Will it be like (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291932)

Ready Made [] for geeks?

Make is so passe! (2, Funny)

OmegaBlac (752432) | about 10 years ago | (#10291933)

Wake me up when O'Reilly publishes Apt-Get, Emerge, or Pkg-Add. ;)

Obvious suggestion for issue #2 (3, Funny)

Zocalo (252965) | about 10 years ago | (#10291943)

One of those digital photoframes to display the pictures from your kitecam. The panoramas... the approaching ground... the horrified expression on the face of a soon to be ex-digicam owner...

what they should cover. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10291950)

Any suggestions for what they should cover?

How about the bottom of my birdcage?

The dotcom stock options paperwork there right now is getting a bit soiled and needs to be replaced.

Re:what they should cover. (1)

Zorilla (791636) | about 10 years ago | (#10292029)

How about the bottom of my birdcage?

Damn, it was a challenge to be a messy slob before. Now we have to compete with budgies that post to Slashdot!

Huh... (3, Funny)

josh3736 (745265) | about 10 years ago | (#10291966)

This is a magazine that celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.

Funny, that's not what the good people over at the RIAA/MPAA have been telling me...

Kite meshes, AP art, Car hacking.... (1)

otis wildflower (4889) | about 10 years ago | (#10292004)

... I presume cool hacks like building wireless mesh networks hoisted on kites would be covered.. Even if the AP equipment is on the ground for power, you could run conductive wire along kitestring as an antenna or as a connection to an antenna on the kite. If it's good enough for the French during WWI it should be good enough for us ;)

Also, how about building Wifi access points into sculptures, picture frames, etc?

Additionally, any hacking into proprietary car systems (CD changer emulation, VAG-COM, etc) to build extensibility into them would be useful. If anyone can point me to the specs on the Traffic Pro CD changer interface I'd be grateful ;)

And of course,


stay-alert-and-keep-your-soldering-iron-handy (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about 10 years ago | (#10292015)

Only my soldering iron? What about my cutting torch and my drill press?

don't forget the legal section (2, Insightful)

v1 (525388) | about 10 years ago | (#10292034)

Since the gov't seems bound and determined to make any form of hardware hacks illegal, they may as well have a monthly column on the state of affairs on the DMCA and all that other crap they're trying to pass.

Reminds me of that movie where ppl buy 'consumer goods', then take them home and put them down a chute. You can buy it, they want you to buy it, but you can't DO anything with it.


Do you think they'll get pissed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10292036)

when they learn I've been developing a DIY magazine called 'Emerge'?

Build-it-yourself speakers? (2, Interesting)

brxndxn (461473) | about 10 years ago | (#10292039)

My buddy and I build a HT subwoofer on our own and it turned out pretty amazing. It was very powerful and very tight. We paid about $200 for the materials and it turned out about as good as a $1000 subwoofer.

There are lots of ways to build speakers, but they are more complicated because the sound quality depends a lot about the box that they're in. Perhaps this magazine can have a few DIY templates for speakers boxes, crossover wiring, and things like that.

DIY CAM Lathe! (4, Interesting)

carcosa30 (235579) | about 10 years ago | (#10292040)

O'Reilly-- you must cover the Gingery Lathe!

Gingery lathes are professional quality machine tools you make yourself. Not from parts. You build a furnace out of concrete and sand, you melt the aluminum, you sand-cast the basic parts. Then you use the skeleton of the lathe to machine the rest of the parts out of steel.

There are also people out there who have turned-- no pun intended-- turned gingery lathes into CAM gingery lathes.

BTW if gingery lathes have not been on slashdot before, they certainly deserve to be. More than, say, the Japanese guy who made his own Battle Angel Alita realdoll out of sushi-rice. IMO.

Re:DIY CAM Lathe! (1)

Seraphim_72 (622457) | about 10 years ago | (#10292154)

Wish I had mod points - good one :)

keeping the ghost in your shell (1)

neuraloverload (751606) | about 10 years ago | (#10292044)

they should run a project with the future in mind. an envelope that reduces the backscatter of rfid transmitters from one's person to the street. this would (hopefully) allow a person to walk down a busy street of vending machines and storefronts with out becoming a target for overwhelming advertising directed at you and your tastes, as displayed by commercial tracking of spending habits collected via rfid. a handy addition at a later date would be to become your favourite celebrities rfid "ghost" and feel like for a day as you wander by automated greetings and advertising.

Lots of projects to do (3, Insightful)

strider3700 (109874) | about 10 years ago | (#10292050)

This is something that I'd be all over.

I've just finished building a projector out of a LCD some lenses and a very bright lightbulb. Got the plans from and I have to say it works amazingly well.

Next project is getting mythTV or Freevo working with my hauppage under linux to give me TV on the new projector(It was plug and play under windows but I can't stand 2000 anymore)

After that I'll be using the serial port on my motorola cable box to let the PVR change channels on the cable box. At that point I don't know where to go with my media center. Maybe remote PC's to let me access the backend from all the rooms in the house?

Now as for the magazine I'd love to see a nice big how two on creating my own speakers, even if it is just a build a box and plug the parts in I'm curious if this can be done cheaper then buying the nice ones at a store. Home made amplifiers would be cool as well.

Getting away from my media viewing, I'd love to see articles on wiring up houses. Temp sensors in every room/area, on the water pipes. A way to monitor electric usage on every circuit. Door/Window open/closed monitoring... All linked back to a PC with some nice logging software to keep track of whats going on in the house.

There are tons of other things I'd love to have but can't afford so I'm forced to build them. The difficult part for the magazine is going to be how difficult some of them are. Using one project to develop the skills needed for the next is a great way to learn but if you jump in to the magazine part way though you could end up stuck. If they don't gradually get harded the long term readers will be bored.

Re:Lots of projects to do (0, Offtopic)

strider3700 (109874) | about 10 years ago | (#10292107)

I know it's bad karma and all but I forgot to add

I don't buy paper magazines anymore. My subscription will only come if It's for a PDF or some other electronic form of the magazine.

What should they cover? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10292061)

The first issue will focus on kite aerial photography." Any suggestions for what they should cover?

Good techniques to photograph HOT BABES, of course!

Wired House, Wired Car (4, Funny)

Duke Machesne (453316) | about 10 years ago | (#10292063)

I want to see hacks for things like dashboard-console mp3 servers running out of the trunk on the existing alternator,

how to make my computer trick my thermostat into thinking it's a full-fledged climate control system,

how to make an uber-scary AI haunted house at halloween,

how to make a creepy surveillance systems that automatically close the storm shutters and say nasty things to intruders...

I'm envisioning Martha Stuart meets Kevin Mitnick

Projects ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10292064)

I think this mag is an excellent idea. Getting more people excited about engineering is always a good thing.

From the site, it looks like they are covering pre-existing projects out there on the web. As for suggested topics, how about:

Intros to PIC programming
Interfacing a PIC with an LCD display pannel
Stuff like []

-My $0.02

Steve Ciarcia (3, Interesting)

fermion (181285) | about 10 years ago | (#10292066)

This kind of reminds me of the Circuit Cellar articles that used to appear in Byte and have since become a full magazine. I know that Steve has long since left control, but last I checked, and since I am off doing other things I do not read it regularly, it still seems to a good magazine to get project ideas.

Of course these articles appeared in the day when it made much more sense to build your own IC board, solder your own components, and build your own cable. Today one 'builds' a computer by plugging off the shelf components together and downloaded software and drivers. If the current complaints from the DIY crowd are any indications, few people even think to write their own drivers. I wonder if the articles in Make will teach the readers interesting concepts and techniques, or merely provide a step by step on making cool toys.

So my questions for this magazine are two. First, given that Steve Ciarcia showing us how to build cool technology 20 years ago, how is Make the First. For instance, the current issue og Circuit Cellar talks about building a rover. Second, O'Reilly has wonderful editors that keep errors to below industry average, but the quality of the authors vary widely. For books that is fine. One can pick a choose. But a magazine requires a much tighter control. Can O'Reilly find enough authors and good ideas?

Re:Steve Ciarcia (3, Interesting)

Gordonjcp (186804) | about 10 years ago | (#10292125)

I miss Byte, I really do. When I was but a spotty student at RGIT, I used to spend hours in the library reading very old back issues of Byte (going back to the late 70s IIRC). Whole articles devoted to building your own 32x24 character tv display, and stuff. Brilliant.

There used to be a few good magazines like Hobby Electronics, and Electronics Today International, but HE folded and the last issue of ETI I saw was ages ago, when the "construction" articles were pretty much all about plugging *this* ready-made microcontroller development board into *that* ready-made LCD controller, then programming it from your Windows PC. Dull dull dull. All this from the same magazine that published a 4-part article on constructing a very nice little analogue monosynth, in the late 70s. Shame really.

obviously (1)

fuck_this_shit (727749) | about 10 years ago | (#10292078)

"The first issue will focus on kite aerial photography." Any suggestions for what they should cover?" Sure, my hot neighbour when she's tanning nude in her garden.

Circuit Cellar (3, Informative)

gaj (1933) | about 10 years ago | (#10292085)

This sounds link a simpler version of Circuit Cellar [] , brought to us by that master of "programming in solder", Steve Ciarcia. For those of you too young (or too new to geekdom, anyway), Steve wrote a column for Byte back before it became just a weak PC Magazine clone.

Circuit Cellar does range into more advaced electronic design, but the've done lots of fun and approachable stuff over the years. Back in the early days they did a whole series on making rockets with 2 liter bottles.

That's all well and good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10292091)

Until you find out it's Bill O'Reilly.

Will Think for Work (1)

theraccoon (592935) | about 10 years ago | (#10292115)

Sure, have them hook me up with a job there, and I'll suggest lots of things they could/should cover in their little magazine.

Headphone Amplifiers (3, Interesting)

HeelToe (615905) | about 10 years ago | (#10292117)

Ok, maybe this is over the top geeky, but I built a solid state headphone amp for has tons of info, but it would be neat to see this geeky pursuit put in print with good research and recommendations.

Anyway, it's amazing what a difference in sound quality a headphone amp can make. As a magazine wanting to help you get the most out of your tech at home and elsewhere, I think headphone amps qualify.

Suggestion Box (2, Interesting)

mod_parent_down (692943) | about 10 years ago | (#10292142)

I've been wanting to build my own compiler-farm using Linux boxes and distcc [] . Now that computers are so silly cheap [] , it's looks like a good idea, and probably other people around here have had the same inkling.

But it's still too much money for me to be the one to go make all the first-timer mistakes and discover all the hidden costs. I guess that's precisely the reason most DIYers would buy a magazine like this.

I am a banana. (-1, Offtopic)

sir gastropo (814651) | about 10 years ago | (#10292159)

Are YOU??

Is There Really That Much To Cover? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10292162)

I have seen a lot of nifty hacks done on lots of different things, but most of them were not really of much interest beyond a very small audience enough to do. Who's gonna advertise in this thing?

--I'd rather they brought back OMNI in its old '80's format.....

MacGyver (2, Funny)

cronius (813431) | about 10 years ago | (#10292163)

I really hope they get MacGyver to write some articles, I already got a Swiss Army Knife and a roll of duct tape standing by.

nice mosaics from kite-aerial photography (1)

keshto (553762) | about 10 years ago | (#10292167)

and this guy did this with a real cheapo camera

When computers aren't fun anymore (2, Interesting)

IGnatius T Foobar (4328) | about 10 years ago | (#10292196)

Remember the 1970's (and earlier)? People were into all sorts of geek DIY activities. Building your own electronic devices, photography with home darkrooms, mechanical stuff, theater/stage tech ... there were a lot of hobbies that are now a shadow of their former selves because the advent of personal computing sucked up all the mindshare.

That trend almost reversed itself in the 1990's, when computers became boring. A vast wasteland of Intel and Microsoft. Nothing fun there. But then Linux and Open Source came along and re-kindled geeks' love for computing again. There's undeniable geek fun in the DIY aspect of open source hacking. (And it's great that we also have non-DIY products available now for the non-geeks.)

My prediction (which I hope never comes true) is that if Microsoft's DRM dystopia becomes reality and we can't do open source anymore, geeks will scramble away from computing in large numbers, and we'll see a resurgence of interest in DIY hobbies.

connect my house (2, Interesting)

bvdbos (724595) | about 10 years ago | (#10292197)

There's tons of things i'd like to do if only i'd know how, for instance:

* connect my thermostate to my server so I can turn the heating on when I leave work

* feed my rabbits through a remote system (so I can go on holiday and feed them by browsing to their own server)

* create a grey-water system which tracks and records waterusage, rainfall, humidity of the gardensoil etc

* remote-control the lights in house

* remote-control my vcr/tivo

* put solar-energy panels on my roof and track and record energy-usage and delivered energy

* program my coffee-machine so there is coffee when I wake up or arrive home

mainly, connect everything in my house to a server with a web-interface and voicerecognition, come to think about it

Am I the Only One... (0, Offtopic)

_J_ (30559) | about 10 years ago | (#10292213)

who would like to make a death ray for Global Domination?

From Family Guy [] :
Stewie: This isn't the first time my small stature has hindered my plans.
Auctioneer: Item 157... Global Domination. Enslave the human race. Do I have any bids?
Stewie: OOH. OOH. ME. ME.
Auctioneer: I'll take any bids. $1. Enslave the human race for $1?

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