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+ - Shanghai to build 100 Community Hackerspaces->

Submitted by taweili
taweili (111177) writes "A tweet from Shanghai Morning Newspaer's Weibo account, Shanghai Government Technology committee has issued a call for proposal to build 100 community hackerspaces with government funding for equipments and community managing the spaces.

Hackerspaces have been growing rapidly in China since the the first one XinCheJian was started in Shanghai last November as reported here by CNN Go. Currently there are three hackerspaces in China with XinCheJian in Shanghai, Maxpace in Beijing and Chaihuo in Shenzhen.

It looks like the governments are paying attention to the trend and are getting into supporting (or "regulating") the movement?""

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China

+ - Shanghai Government to Build 100 Community Hackers->

Submitted by taweili
taweili (111177) writes "A tweet from Shanghai Morning Newspaer's Weibo account, Shanghai Government Technology committee has issued a call for proposal to build 100 community hackerspaces with government funding for equipments and community managing the spaces.

Hackerspaces have been growing rapidly in China since the the first one XinCheJian was started in Shanghai last November as reported here by CNN Go. Currently there are three hackerspaces in China with XinCheJian in Shanghai, Maxpace in Beijing and Chaihuo in Shenzhen.

It looks like the governments are paying attention to the trend and are getting into supporting (or "regulating") the movement?"

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Comment: Arduino feels like Linux circa 1995 (Score 3, Interesting) 224

by taweili (#35184098) Attached to: Why the Arduino Won and Why It's Here To Stay

I got into Arduino last year while looking for interesting toys to play with my kid. Even I got a EE as part of my double CS/EE major 15 years ago, I haven't really done any electronic after college. Arduino provides a quick way to get started. Out of box with easy to use IDE, I can make stuffs entertaining my kid and myself in no time.

The experience getting into Arduino reminds me a lot of the beginning days of Linux. There are more mature commercial options out there (e.g. Solaris, IRIX, even HP/UX) and other competing open source like Net/FreeBSD. Even GNU/Hurd was making progress. But one thing Linux got was a friendly community of beginners. Going through the Arduino forum gave me the same feeling of going through Linux forum back in 95: a lot of excitement about this and willingness to help each other and share. That's defintiely one thing other communities lack. One gets "did you real the source?" reply posting anything to a BSD group.

That's almost parallel to where Arduino is today. There are no lack of better or cheaper alternative but most of them are either established embedded communities or serious lack of documentations. Not friendly at all for the beginners. Arduino gives the beginners a friendly place to get started.

And Arduino goes behind just a AVR based board. It's really a ecosystem with standardized IDE and peripherals. Most people's first critics of Arduino, especially those already in the hardware hacking, is the use of AVR and often cite 8bits and the shortage of AVR last years as problem with Arduino. However, I don't really see that as a short coming of Arduino. I just got a Leaflab's Maple which is a ARM based board with Arduino compatible pin layout and IDE. Getting my projects over to Maple from Arduino is smooth. I don't see Maple as a competitor to Arduino but a member of Arduino family.

The article is right on. There will be a lot of competitors now Arduino is on the spotlight but most of them will fail because they don't get the point of Arduino. It's not about raw CPU power or fine point of the system components, it's about community. And ones don't win the hearts of the community by belittle the community's core.

Comment: Re:Your "American" car is full of Chinese stuff (Score 1) 341

by taweili (#26188835) Attached to: Chinese Automaker Unveils First Electric Car
They don't need to design the whole cars. Most of cars today are designed on the shared platforms designed and developed by the suppliers to the automobile brands. BYD just have to build good enough batteries and cores engines and the automobile supply chain is ready to be tapped for the rest.

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