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[edit] Proposal

This project was originally thought up by JD/Jason (sorry I don't know your full name). The general idea would be we would pick one item a week to disassemble, and we would document each step with a text description and photographs.

[edit] Proposal Vitals

Status: In Progress, Discussion

  • Project Lead: Derek Cooper
  • Proposed Budget: $ Unknown but enough to cover a domain name and hosting
  • Goals:
    • To document hardware with text, photographs and possibly video.

[edit] Background

From JD/Jason's original email to HacDC Blabber:

After last night's disassembly spree, and reading the "hear the code" blog bits, I was thinking it would be interesting to start a "take it apart" column. The general idea would be we would pick one item a week to disassemble, and we would document each step with a text description and photographs. ("First we removed these screws, then we found these parts" etc) We will go as in depth as possible with the resources and time we have, possibly dumping ROMs (if applicable) and linking to processors involved. Ideally we will be able to reassemble whatever we've taken apart using the documentation we've produced, but that may or may not be applicable depending on the item and how it was originally made. As we progressed, we could either produce blog entries for the main HacDC page, or possibly in the wiki somewhere.

On January 24, 2009 I (Derek Cooper) discussed this project with Gareth Branwyn. Gareth is a member of HacDC and is the online editor of Make Magazine. He strongly encouraged us to move forward on this and offered to publicize the project.

[edit] Considerations

  • We need volunteers.
  • Need to setup a mailing list. I'll need to figure out how to do this.
  • I'd like to launch a dedicated domain and website so we can encourage people outside HacDC to contribute.
  • If we launch a dedicated website we'd need to come up with a domain name. Please add to this list:
    • Unmakery.org (or some other play on un-make)
    • hackwaredb.org
  • I need to find a camera. Hopefully we at least have a still camera somewhere in the workspace.
  • Ben built a lightbox which is currently stored on the shelves. I'd like to connect it, or another lightbox, permanently to the computer. I'd also like to keep it in a more convenient place.

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