As an author for O’Reilly & Associates, I sometimes get interesting little tidbits from the company with warning.  It was just such an occasion when the premiere issue of Make Magazine landed in my (postal) mail box.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


My first impression of the magazine was “odd, but really cool”.  The focus of the magazine is do-it-yourself (DIY) technology.  This is clearly a magazine for Dexter or Jimmy Neutron or anyone who enjoys some of their madcap, weird science.  The first of four quarterly editions covered topics like:


  1. How to do aerial photography with a kite and an off-the-shelf digital camera

  2. How to build a desktop linear accelerator

  3. XM Radio Hacks

  4. Changing the battery in a first generation iPaq

  5. New uses for obsolete technology

  6. A bunch of gadget reviews

  7. And my personal favorite… how to make a magnetic card strip reader – complete with software to run the device!

Make Magazine is big.  The first issue was 181 pages of -pure- information.  There are almost no ads at all after you get past the first 10 pages. 


It also has a lot of primers and tutorials for those of us who aren’t yet skilled with the tools of the trade – things like soldering irons and miniature tools.


Check it out at and let me know what you think!