When Making Meets Working

The more technology rules our lives, the more our worlds blur. Thanks to smartphones, tablets, cloud services, 3-D printing, etc. the walls between the workplace and our personal lives are melting. While at work, we address personal email and buy holiday gifts. At home on a Saturday, we respond to... Read more »

Halloween: Reveal Your Cardboard Superhero/Sci-fi Hero

In my last blog post I went into detail about accessorizing Halloween costumes with homemade cardboard swords. Now, there is the main question left unanswered…what to do about the costume itself? The answer lies in the same material I’ve been happily preaching about since starting this blog – sweet, sweet... Read more »

Getting Started with Arduino Mini and FTDI

In this episode of “Projects with Ryan Slaugh” I highlight using the Arduino Mini with the FTDI Friend. Normally, using an Arduino is as simple as plug and play into your USB. With the Mini, however, you need to use the FTDI Friend. The Friend itself is a simple device that converts... Read more »

MAKE presents: The Oscilloscope

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/03/make-presents-the-oscilloscope.html Oscilloscopes are surprisingly easy to use once you've located a few basic controls. They can provide newcomers with a whole new way to view the world of electronics & electricty - plus they look impressively cool/awesome while in use! Read more »

MAKE presents: The Multimeter

Get acquainted with the Digital Multimeter - an engineer's best friend! Learn how to measure resistance, voltage, current as well as test continuity using the Swiss Army knife of electronics. http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/01/make_presents_the_multimeter.html Read more »