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December 18, 2006 at 10:41 AM

Tinkering links

Here’s the annotation for today’s column on tinkering techies in the Northwest.

I should also mention that the column was also inspired by reporting I did for a story on Jim Russell, the Bellevue engineer whose tinkering in the 1960s led to optical storage technology behind the compact disc.

Here are the information sources mentioned in the column:

MAKE magazine fetishizes tinkering.

The Ignite Conference in Seattle that MAKE publisher O’Reilly organized. Here’s a recap by O’Reilly’s Brady Forrest.

Boeing has great info on the company history at its Web site.

There are many sources for the story of Bill Gates and Paul Allen starting Microsoft. I think the book by Paul Andrews and Stephen Manes is the best of them.

Here is Google Code, the site where it provides tools and services to developers. Microsoft has its MSDN developer network, and here is the site for Amazon.com web services.

Microsoft has posted tons of information about its robotics software and XNA game developer kits.

Mark Beck, the Whitman College professor, has also posted lots of information about his quantum mechanics lab device. I wonder if he’ll use those mechanical skills to build a machine for cooking pigs.

If I had time to tinker, I’d start my shopping at Boeing Surplus, which by the way is having a 25 percent off holiday sale. I wonder what I could make with a five axis gantry machining center?

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