May 8, 2012
Hi there, funny as I was searching for "Electronics Workshops Rochester" and this came up. That being said I am a 26 year old college student who has a newfound interest in modifying electronics and computers. Being that I'm a broke college student with no tools or capital, it can be pretty hard for me to embark and/or learn how to do the things I want. I think that a maker/hack space in Rochester would be a great idea. It's pretty hard to stray from your degree, as those classes cost money, and they typically have to be paid back at a premium. I would love to have a place where I could go to in this city to learn and do the things that I'm unable to do right now.
If there's anything I can do, let me know. I wouldn't mind devoting a bit of my time to this project, as I think it's a great idea. I can send more personal contact info over a private message and/or email. I truly hope this idea comes to fruition.
Edit: I should also say that I'm capable of building computers. I'm not sure if that skill would come in handy, but I'd like to help out if I can.
February 7, 2012
Thanks for speaking up and offering your support. I'm impressed with your web site. You're definitely a "maker" and someone who likes to learn. I was wondering if you'd tell us more about your interest in modifying electronics.
Are you familiar with Interlock? They're a hacker space in Rochester that's been around for several years. They have a narrower focus but you should check them out if you're mostly just interested in computers and hacking electronics.
May 8, 2012
No actually, I was not familiar with them. Thank you for pointing me in that direction though, I may go check them out on an open-night. Thanks for the Kudos on the website. I really just started, but lately I've been learning new things. Because of that I felt I needed to share those experiences and write on them. I really do like to learn. However I find that it can be frustrating when you want to learn something, and don't know how. As your introduction said classes are expensive, as I'm in school it can be even harder to stray away from my degree. I will check out Interlock but they seem a bit more focused on Sec.
There's many things I want to do with electronics. As you've seen with my website I've had to modify parts to work in a manner that's unintended. I'm interested in the things that can be accomplished with Arduino boards, but I am also interested in making my own PCBs as well. Those can be pretty complicated, but I'm more thinking of personalized connectors for a computer. I'm also sort of clueless in terms of general electric engineering and would like to get a basic understanding of that as well.
Really I'm just looking to build my own, custom stuff. Like computer cases, and the basic components that they need. I'm going to school for more of a software end. However, I feel that learning the hardware is important too. Although I know I would have to start small, I want to learn new things as a hobby. I feel that your initiative is a great idea in these terms. I don't have room for tools, or the ability to afford them. If I did there would be many projects that aren't necessarily electronic that I'd like to embark on. Really I just have a DIY attitude, and would like to be able to create, and learn new processes if I don't know them.
May 8, 2012
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