This is really disappointing to me as well. I've been a subscriber since its inception, but I'm about to let it drop. I know which end of a soldering gun to hold. I don't have a desire to add a toggle switch to a toy to impress hipsters.
Where are the articles like:
- Build a high quality mass spectrometer (http://old.4hv.org/index.php?board=4;action=display;threadid=1268)
- Convert a cheap Chinese milling machine to CNC (http://www.hossmachine.info/)
- Build a Tesla Turbine and reap geothermal energy.
It went from being "Make useful stuff" to "Make crap to impress dumb people"