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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy man's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

Latest from Gareth Branwyn


On his YouTube channel, Applied Hacking, Samy Kamkar has posted a series of clever and devilish Master combination lock hacks. In this installment, he shows how easy it is to manually defeat a lock with little more than some fiddling with the dial and entering the results into an app... Read more »


I love my Dremel tool. Actually I love my Dremel tools. I have several, at different sizes and types (corded, battery-powered, different RPMs). And I have tons of bits and accessories. These are amazing tools that I wouldn’t want to live without. But the accessory bits you buy for the... Read more »


Shenzhen has become one of the most important destinations for makers looking to get their inventions produced. But don't go without a guide. Here are just a few tips to get you started. Read more »


Anyone who spends much time in a workshop building things with cardboard, plastic, wood, and other materials quickly comes to appreciate having clamps around. Lots of clamps. Never enough clamps. C-clamps, spring clamps, bar clamps, vises and vise grips — they’re all life savers. In situations where you need lots... Read more »


Did you know that, because PLA filament is a bioplastic, it is susceptible to moisture? That moisture can attract dirt and dust and spool it right into your print head (or the filament can even expand and jam the head). Because of this, it’s a really good idea to keep... Read more »


Nothing says festive birthday party love like an Imperial planet killer, groaning with goodies, for the kids to attack with a pool noodle light saber. Death to Lord Vader! Mmmmmm…. Starburst. This Death Star piñata is actually rather simple to build, using only a beach ball, strips of newspaper and... Read more »


Andrew Theo, a creative director in the entertainment business by day, has spent several years of his nights bringing the digital world of Halo to life. Dubbed Halo: Reclaim, this 4’×6′ hobby diorama took Theo two years to build, using the McFarlene Toys’ roughly 15mm scale Halo Micro Ops line... Read more »