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:
- How to do aerial photography with a kite and an off-the-shelf digital camera
- How to build a desktop linear accelerator
- XM Radio Hacks
- Changing the battery in a first generation iPaq
- New uses for obsolete technology
- A bunch of gadget reviews
- 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 http://makezine.com/ and let me know what you think!