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  1. From TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/07/make-magazine-maker-media-layoffs/ “Financial troubles have forced Maker Media, the company behind crafting publication MAKE: magazine as well as the science and art festival Maker Faire, to lay off its entire staff of 22 and pause all operations. TechCrunch was tipped off to Maker Media’s unfortunate situation which was then confirmed by the company’s founder and CEO Dale Dougherty. ... Maker Media Inc ceased operations this week and let go of all of its employees — about 22 employees” Dougherty tells TechCrunch. “I started this 15 years ago and it’s always been a struggle as a business to make this work. Print publishing is not a great business for anybody, but it works…barely. Events are hard . . . there was a drop off in corporate sponsorship.” Microsoft and Autodesk failed to sponsor this year’s flagship Bay Area Maker Faire. But Dougherty is still desperately trying to resuscitate the company in some capacity, if only to keep MAKE:’s online archive running and continue allowing third-party organizers to license the Maker Faire name to throw affiliated events. Rather than bankruptcy, Maker Media is working through an alternative Assignment for Benefit of Creditors process. “We’re trying to keep the servers running” Dougherty tells me. “I hope to be able to get control of the assets of the company and restart it. We’re not necessarily going to do everything we did in the past but I’m committed to keeping the print magazine going and the Maker Faire licensing program.” The fate of those hopes will depend on negotiations with banks and financiers over the next few weeks. For now the sites remain online. The CEO says staffers understood the challenges facing the company following layoffs in 2016, and then at least 8 more employees being let go in March according to the SF Chronicle. They’ve been paid their owed wages and PTO, but did not receive any severance or two-week notice.”
  2. Hi all, I am researching self-teaching books in electronics for my son, who loves to learn these types of things (computer programming) on his own. I came across the MAKE Electronics book, and found this thread that speaks favourably about it: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/showthread.php?t=407732&highlight=electronics. I also found this book: http://www.amazon.ca/Complete-Electronics-Self-Teaching-Guide-Projects/dp/1118217322/ref=dp_ob_title_bk. Can anyone compare these? Has anyone used the second book? Opinions?
  3. The Popular Mechanics approach to raising pre-teen and teen boys was mentioned on another thread and my curiosity is piqued. I can guess what this entails but would like to hear more. I suspect we have a candidate for it here. He is nearly 15 and recently told his peacenik parents that he would like to attend the Air Force Academy. The boy is fairly sure an office job would kill him and he needs to do something with his hands-preferably at very high speeds.
  4. My ds is 14 1/2, and I really need ideas for his Christmas present. He has loved Lego Bionicles almost his whole life, and still builds things with them even though he's a teenager. Two summers ago he spent countless hours in our old barn, taking apart old bicycles, swapping out parts, and building odd customized bicycles with the parts available. I think he needs to build something, but it should be something with a real purpose. A kit for something truly useful or cool would be just the ticket, but I haven't a clue where to look or what to look for. Any ideas? :confused:
  5. This is just a quick update on a suggestion I made about a week ago. For those of you with kids who love to build, I recommended MAKE Magazine. We had just received our 1st subscription at that time, and my oldest was extremely excited with the magazine. Since then, he has built a "Beetlebot", a simple robot that avoids obstacles, that was featured in one of the articles. He used as much scrap material as he could find in the shed, and we purchased some new items for him at Radio Shack. DH had to help a little with the project, but for the most part, my son was able to build it on his own. He even learned how to solder and was able to explain to his brothers how the circuitry works. MAKE is obviously a big hit around here.
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