Meet the Latest Wave of Hardware Entrepreneurs: The Maker Pros

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Over the past five years, we’ve begun to witness the emergence of Maker pros: entrepreneurs who started out as hobbyists and now want to turn their creations into full-fledged companies. The difference between a project and a product is the difference between making one and making many. To turn a project into a company, the… Read more »

Arduino Intro, Shopping list & Workshop #1

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I’ve recently become obsessed with physical computing. This started with my discovery of Arduino while heavily dogfooding our new products as a Product Manager here at Safari. The more I read about it, the more fascinated I became with all the things this tiny microcontroller could do, and eventually even volunteered to run an Arduino Workshop for… Read more »

Teaching Physical Computing with Arduino

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Recently, my infatuation with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Physical Computing coincided nicely with Safari Books Online’s dedication to ongoing education and involvement with ConnectEd. Having volunteered at Seabury Hall in Makawao, Hawaii (Maui) in the past, I was given the opportunity to submit an idea for a “Winterim” 4-day workshop on the topic of my… Read more »

Learn Networking with a DIY home firewall

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Ed. note: Even blogs get holidays off. Please enjoy this reprise post from October 31st, just before November’s Blog-a-thon kicked off. Happy Thanksgiving! Background Ever since I’ve had a home internet connection, I’ve used consumer grade routers, like linksys or netgear (using both their factory firmware as well as dd-wrt). A few years ago I… Read more »

My GPS disciplined Rubidium OCXO Frequency Standard and NTP server project

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Part 1 The Doctor: People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint—it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… timey-wimey… stuff. Amy Pond: It’s spacey-wacey, isn’t it? —Dr. Who? Though delightfully silly, there is some truth to that quote! Time is an amazing… Read more »

My Quest for Circuit-Board Immortality

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I don’t know about you, but after painstakingly building a simple circuit to control a Raspberry Pi soundboard for my kids’ train set (inspired by this Make Article) on a breadboard and debugging code to make it work how I wanted, I got a little too attached when it came time to break it down… Read more »

Meet Chirpy – The Raspberry Pi Dancing Bird Subscription Notifier

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What the heck is a Dancing Bird Subscription Notifier? Like many companies, Safari’s projects are given an internal secret codename that follow a pattern. In Google’s case that pattern is alphabetically ordered confectionary; in our case it’s bird names. With Safari Flow, an all-new product, we re-architected many of our systems, and we decided to… Read more »