In a recent blog post, EE Times editor Bill Schweber notes the passing of Norman Edmund, the founder of Edmund Scientific, and speculates on whether or not it’s easier now to be an experimenter/hacker/DIYer than it was years ago.
Those who say it’s not point out that years ago we had magazines, such as Popular Electronics and Electronics Illustrated, companies like Heathkit. They also point out that it was possible to disassemble TVs and radios for the parts and use them for your own projects.
Schweber, however, thinks that it is easier today for hackers and experimenters. He writes that those magazines may be out of business, but we now have access to “countless user groups, informal forums, and blogs” on the Internet.
One thing he failed to mention was the hacker/maker groups that have sprouted up around the country. Here in Ann Arbor, for example, we have a group called Go Tech that provides support for hackers and makers of all stripes. You’ll find groups like this all around the U.S.
I tend to agree with Schweber that while the environment has certainly changed for experimenters, it is definitely better. What do you think?