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Michael Castor

Michael Castor

I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I'm a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.

Latest from Michael Castor

Soldering is one of the the most useful skills in a maker's arsenal. If you're looking to learn to solder or perhaps brush up on your skills, consider checking out our Getting Started with Soldering Kit in the Maker Shed. It has just about everything you need to get soldering... Read more »

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Why not add learning a new skill to your repertoire in the New Year? I know you've seen loads of projects that use the Arduino, and with special deals on our Getting Started with Arduino Kit, there's no better time to learn how to use this versatile microcontroller. Read more »

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It's been another record breaking year here in the Maker Shed, and we owe it all to everyone who purchased a kit, microcontroller, PDF or anything else from us in 2012. Thousands of orders were shipped from our warehouse in Sebastopol, California to makers all over the globe! Ever wonder... Read more »

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Drew Fustini recently got his hands on an AlaMode and used it display tweets from his Raspberry Pi to an 2.8" TFT LCD Touchscreen Shield. The AlaMode and shield are connected to the Raspberry Pi which runs the Arduino IDE and a bit of Python code to make it all... Read more »

Back in the days of the original Xbox. a program called XBMC was developed that could turn your game console into a capable media player. XBMC could play nearly any video or audio file known to man. Over the years XBMC has evolved to work on other platforms and has... Read more »

LCD Screens look complicated but using an Arduino it’s not too bad at all. This tutorial will teach you how to hook up an LCD display to an Arduino using a MakerShield. All the components you need for this build are included in the Ultimate Microcontroller Pack. Read more »

The MakerShield is a great prototyping shield but the button can be a little confusing to use. Since it connects to ground when pressed, it takes a little extra wiring and one change in the code to get to work with with the Arduino example sketch. Follow along! Read more »

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