techshop.ws could not create a sustainable business model and is gone
all the us locations are closed
was sad to hear about this because a lot of people were able to access
equipment that they just would not have otherwise
also over 3000 vets had used techshop
the website is gone and only has a single pdf which is interesting
they had a good run
if there is one near you there is probably going to be a lot of
equipment up for sale soon
You mean, other than change the term from "hobbyist" to "maker"?
IOW, why do hobby-shops not have "open source" workshops. Lowe's?
Home Depot? Cuz there's NO $$$$ in it!! DUH!
Jes cuz a buncha 'greedy bastids' thought stupid millennials would
fall for a simple name change (they did), doesn't mean millennials
aren't also cheap. Seen many mils paying monthly membership in a
health clubs (say it fast, five times). ;)
Not sure you meant there to be a question mark at the end of the last
sentence but there are a fair number of millennials at the gym I go
to. It's the most expensive one around, too. Millenials are at least
as vane as boomers were.
....is what we "boomers" usta call "DIY'ers" or "hobbyists". Greedy
jerks gave it a different name soley to capitalize on the new term.
I have a "Maker" electronics book to make/learn electronics. It's a
"spend lotsa $$$$" approach to learning electronics and teaches almost
nothing, but I foolishly spent $30 to discover that fact. See the
recent closure of "open-source" tech shops? They also called them
"Makers" go to "Maker" fairs, write "Maker" books. sell "Maker" junk,
etc. It's all jes a scam. ;)
Any opinions on this one (being a 4th edition, it seems to have been
around a while).
I recently added it to my "wish list".
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I'm open to alternatives.
It looks an awful lot like the "Electronics for Scientists" text that
was popular when I was an undergrad 40-some years back. That text had
enough to get you interested but not enough to actually do anything.
The kids today seem to get a Raspberry Pi and futz with it and if the
bug bites then they grow from there, if it doesn't then they've got a
nice, cheap, low-powered spare computer.
Don't overlook YouTube--there's a lot more there than you might
expect--even course content from MIT.
As a matter of coincidence, since Youtube noticed I was interested a
couple of weeks ago, they have been offering me a steady diet. The last
video I watched discussed the divergence of the technologies (parts)
used by product manufacturers, versus that used by hobbyists, since the
70's say. Basically, robots aren't good at assembling the traditional
components that have wires and prefer "flat" components (my words)
without long pins. As a results, hobbyists can't quite get the same
technology as manufacturers have without being willing to learn to use
the flat (and very small) technology, which is much more cumbersome,
especially for beginners.
So far, my biggest accomplishment is learning to use (induction) coils,
diodes (rectifier?) and a capacitor to convert ac current into direct
current (all designed and implemented in a YouTube video!) :) I
actually made induction coils (for "shock" value) following instructions
from a book ("The Boy Electrician") when I was in 8th grade. I
downloaded the book online, just out of sentimental value/curiosity, a
few years ago.
There is also a higher mountain of learning needed for many
"reasonable" (what do you want that you can't buy cheaply) projects.
That's why the Arduino, and such, are popular. Much of the
infrastructure is done.
Ham radio has been pretty much killed by the Internet, too, though it
was already going downhill well before.
Yet, that kid (James Kim) who died --and tested and reported on all
the latest high-tech communications hand helds-- and almost lost his
family, up in OR, mighta survived if he knew some old school morse
code (CW) and hadda basic QRP rig.
I'm no ham, but I always wondered about that. QRP is essentially "low
pwr" (under 5W), and using CW, can easily reach out with a minor
If I've learned anything --much like touch-typing-- learn Morse code
while yer young. ;)
That was eleven years ago. A bit late for a coulda/shoulda isn't it?
He might have survived if he had a satelite phone, too.
His kids would be 14/15 and 11/12 now. You could teach them.
(Not sure where they are living now, I knew the wife's San Francisco
store, but it has been closed since 2008.)
And about Techshop, since I'm someone who was in the target market:
* The facilties were nice, but the prices were too high. And it's
different using rental ship.
* I don't have a lot of room for tools or for working, but at least
I don't have to schlep all my materials too and from a workshop
that's costing me money whether or not I'm using it.
I'm not a milennial, but I do feel affiliated to the "Maker" movement.
I've been to more than a dozen Maker Faires, which I find a good place
to get inspiration for doing new things, both within my comfort zone and
out of it. My wife makes a good living on the textile side of the Maker
movement selling simple sewing patterns and teaching sewing to first
timers. (Most of the money comes from the patterns, not the teaching,
which is much more limited audiences.) She's shown her work at four or
five Maker Faires in three cities.
The Maker Movement is child to the Popular Mechanics projects. They are
not in-depth nor are they the most basic foundation, but inspiring and
useful in a world where off-the-shelf is so common
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