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Introduction: Hackerspaces: The Bleeding Edge of the DIY Movement

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Imagine a friend calls you up on a Wednesday night and invites you to the “open night” at the local “hackerspace.” You have nothing going on so you agree to tag along and find out what it’s all about. You and your friend arrive at a small building in an industrial part of town. The front door is propped open, welcoming visitors and letting the sights and sounds from the building’s interior out into the neighborhood.

You step through the doorway and into a noisy room full of people and equipment. Everywhere you look there are men and women doing interesting things. At one table, ...

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