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Wise Futures and Shared Hardware, Part II

Milkymist One

If I were to write an allegory of the computer manufacturing industry in “Greater China”, I might be tempted to call it Pingguo and Shanzhai.

Pingguo(蘋果)is the nickname by which Apple Computer is known in China. Its partner Foxconn (a Taiwanese company by the way) is the largest electronic component manufacturer in the world and the largest private employer in the PRC. Foxconn is the pinnacle of industrial scale electronics manufacturing in the Pearl River Delta (and, indeed, the world); and Apple would not be the Apple of today without Foxconn, and China.

Shanzhai(山寨)are the noble bandits of our little allegory: small-scale black market manufacturers who skirt regulations and quality control to produce affordable, relatively low yield, but surprisingly diverse electronics. (I should point out that these innovations were enabled by another Taiwanese company, Mediatek, which sells development kits that many Shanzhai products, such as mobile phones, are built on top of.)

Pinguo and Shanzhai are the well-known protagonists in the technological and social drama of the computer manufacturing industry that straddles the Taiwan Strait. But neither Pinguo nor Shanzhai tell the story of the kind of technology that I want in my life, or that I want to base my business on.

For me the real inspirational story is that of Qi Hardware. Qi Hardware is innovation built not at the cost of billions of dollars and legions of anonymous workers (Pingguo), nor at the cost of questionable legal and safety practices (Shanzhai). Rather, Qi Hardware is a collective dedicated to sharing knowledge, experience and technology, and represents the kind of wise future[1] I am looking to achieve.

Adam Wang

In discussing Qi Hardware I am constantly looking for a language to describe this new style of innovation. I am reluctant to call it ‘open’ hardware for reasons I have already explained; and calling it ‘copyleft’ hardware (in contrast to ‘copyright’) puts too much emphasis on the legal underpinning.

I finally settled on the term ‘shared’ hardware to describe what I feel captures the spirit of the movement. By sharing, Qi Hardware aim to lower barriers to innovation, as well as to profit and pump out genuinely cool technology!

Let’s keep telling this story.


[1] wise futures – I came by this term by listening to public talks by Rob van Kranenburg and Adam Greenfield in Taipei in February of this year. You can read Part I here.

The first photo in this post is of the Milkymist One, which I shot in my studio a couple of weeks ago. The second photo is of Adam Wang, when I visited him in Taipei, where he tests and assembles the Milkymist.

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New Sites Up: Locus International & See You in Frankfurt

Fabricatorz would like to announce two new official site launches.


A publishing company holding offices in Taipei, Beijing and New York, Locus Publishing have been releasing award-winning publications and Chinese translations since 1996.  We were responsible for the site design and coding.  Click here for more information.


See You in Frankfurt is a site documenting the history of the Frankfurt Book Fair.  Our services were once again provided in the development and launch of the page.  You can learn more about it here.

If you like what you see, we would be glad to speak with you about your site, so contact us!

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Join us for the Libre Graphics Meeting 2010!

San Francisco and Brussels, Thursday 15 April 2010 – Libre Graphics Meeting is an annual working conference for the free software graphics application community. Developers from the full spectrum of graphics applications — image editors, photography, 3-D and 2-D animation, vector art, graphic design, typography – collaborate with each other on interoperability, push the state of the art in application functionality and user experience, and get important face-to-face interaction with users.

LGM 2010 will take place between May 27 and 30th at De Pianofabriek in Brussels, Belgium. Developers from GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Krita, Scribus, Hugin, the Open Clipart Library, the Open Font Library, and other open source projects are scheduled to appear. Technical talks will showcase new work in digital asset management, natural-media simulation, and internationalized font design. The program will also emphasize real-world usage of open source graphics software in professional publishing houses, multimedia production, and both the secondary education and art school classroom. Developers, users, or community members who would like to give a talk at LGM 2010 are encouraged to submit a proposal by following the instructions at The deadline for submissions is May 1.

Attendance at LGM is free for developers and users alike – so the conference counts on the generosity of the open source graphics community to help underwrite the costs of putting on the conference and to help make it possible for individual open source developers to attend. This year the LGM team launched a fundraising campaign called
10by10by10 to raise $10,000 USD from grants, $10K from corporations and $10K from the community. The funds raised from granting organizations, public, and corporate partners will allow participants who have no other means of sponsoring their travel to Brussels to attend the event.

The public sector in Belgium and the EU has been tremendously supportive of LGM, and has already exceeded its 10,000 dollar goal. However, some of the grant money donated is for specific tools, such as providing simultaneous language translation of the talks, and thus cannot be put towards the goal of allowing every developer who wants to attend to be there in person.

Please make a donation to the community fundraising campaign at: – and help a free graphics software developer benefit from the in-person collaboration at this year’s LGM.

Community donations have already raised $3,020 – help us make the total by May 1st. Any amount, no matter how small, is helpful; many developers in Europe need only a small stipend for rail travel to make the trip a possibility. All donations are tax deductible for US taxpayers. For larger donations from corporations and individuals, contact us directly at

For more information about LGM 2010, previous years’ meetings, and the Create Project that organizes the workshop, please visit

Press Contacts

Nathan Willis

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Federated Social Web Summit in Portland (07/18/10)

As announced at the StatusNet blog, on Sunday, July 18th, Status.Net, Google Buzz, Diaspora, GNU Social, DiSo, BuddyPress, Dreamwidth, Onesocialweb, and others will be meeting in Portland Oregon for a Federated Social Web Summit, a one-day summit by those implementors working on building the federated social web. This means building upon open web protocols that allow for various web projects to interoperate. We will be addressing current implementations, successes and incompatibilities between services, as well as the future and how to implement it.

This conference will be around the same time as the Community Leadership Summit in Portland as well as OSCON.

To find out more details see here.

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Totally Free Network Services

This is a slide share that describes how Status.Net is unique from other existing servies and why it is a step in the right direction towards a totally free network service:

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Your life and your business are your own!

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Take control of your status!

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Need something federated and scalable beyond one person or companies efforts!

Totally Free Network Services

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Open Clip Art Library Version 2.9 Hits the Web

In mid-December, the Librarians at The Open Clip Art Library issued a final site upgrade for the year. Among many notable upgrades, a shift to a new Public Domain Dedication: CC Zero, a new Collections Feature, more streamlined and user account management, along with a Winter Holiday 2010 themed package were highlights.

gathering clip art

Today, the Open Clip Art Librarians are Officially Releasing the Latest Version of their website: Open Clip Art Library 2.9. This newest iteration, the first of the new year, again focuses on the end-user experience, along with filling out the ever-expanding body of art the site contains.

Kicking things off, a long-standing bug has been fixed in a major way. One of OCAL’s leading contributors, johnny_automatic, has gone through a gigantic list of clip art that had been previously not been connected to the site in transition from Open Clip Art lIbrary’s upgrade to 2.0, last spring and brought all of it back to life. As a result, OCAL’s collection has been fully restored to it’s original glory and the current Clip Art Tally stands at nearly 40,000 images!

Longtime visitors will also notice a major menu-item change. A new section, Collections, has replaced Packages. Users will still find information and links to download their favorite packages in this new section, but the change reflects a long-gestating idea that will shift the direction of content from managers of the site to it’s users. With Collections, any user is able to save a Clip Art that they love to a group that they themselves have created. Found a really useful set of icons? Create a Collection & share them with the Community, as a set! The latest Collections are displayed in this new section. As Collections grow and more data is gathered, this section will become vital to the new direction that The Open Clip Art Library will be shifting towards in future Releases.

anime hacker

Another key librarian turned developer, Chovynz, has made great strides in several key bugs, including a few related to Clip Art Comments. Registered users can now log into OCAL, select their ‘My Cliparts’ section, scroll to the bottom of the page and see a list of the most recent comments made on their uploaded works!

Shanghai City Skyline

New work continues to drive Open Clip Art Library’s progress. A new package has been made available with this release. Chinese New Year 2011 contains work related to the yearly shift, created by the Artists of OCAL’s expanding Community. Users wishing to contribute to the next Release’s package, Presidents, can do so by tagging any related work with the key term “presidents”.

Abraham Lincoln

The Fabricatorz are pushing The Open Clip Art Library to this next plateau with our development the Aiki Framework, the software engine that powers OCAL. We would like to thank everyone else who have helped this project continue to grow and succeed. You can also help find bugs and submit your feature requests, or join us as a librarian today! Please check out Open Clip Art Library to upload your clip art.

UPDATE: Don’t forget to check out all the great contributions towards this 2.9 release.


Weak Soundsystem: Beijing Design Week 2012

Matt Hope was commissioned to build a custom soundsystem for CCD, The Community, a satellite event to this year’s Beijing Design Week, so he stole a page from his teenage speaker plan book and realized the project in common plasterboard and off-the-shelf speaker drivers.

The Weak Soundsystem fit right in at the CCD Pavilion, nestled in the courtyard of White Space Beijing, and survived a week of exposure to the cultural and climatic elements of Caochangdi.

If you need proof, check out the complete photoset I’ve uploaded to Flickr.

CCD, The Community ran from September 28 to October 6 as part of Beijing Design Week 2012. Fabricatorz built the Caochangdi website, kept the Weak Soundsystem humming, and helped deliver on a successful event.

Weak Soundsystem

Weak Soundsystem

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Weak Soundsystem

CCD Pavilion

CCD Pavilion

Weak Soundsystem

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Electrochemex: Photochemical Records from Hong Kong

On the 16th of May at noon on the dot, the Electrochemical Currency Exchange Company opened its new data processing center at the foot of HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong. Patrons were invited to submit simple mathematical equations (“addition, subtraction, multiplication and division only, please”) which the Exchange would process for free. The calculators were powered by the exchange of ions between Hong Kong cents and Chinese fen after submerging them in Coca Cola.

The Electrochemical Currency Exchange Company is a project by conceptual artist Jonathon Keats and was arranged in Hong Kong by Miching Malicho. The Fabricatorz were on hand to observe and document the event, as were the HSBC security services! The bank was nonplussed by the ostensibly commercial activity taking place right under its nose.

Threatened with eviction, the Exchange was compelled to post notices that this was, indeed, an art performance; but this was a curious admission, considering the fact that the Exchange was generating more electricity than the billions being traded upstairs.

All photographs Christopher Adams

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Notes on Austria: A Miracle Reader

“I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague.” —Norman Douglas, An Almanac

“miracle, n.: A wonderful object, a marvel; a person or thing of more than natural excellence; a surpassing specimen or example of some quality.” —OED

Norman Douglas might not believe in miracles, but a certain literary coterie does, one that’s been celebrating Douglas and his writing through biennial symposiums since 2000. Fortuitously, I found myself at this past symposium held in the bucolic beauty that is Thüringen, Austria. The symposium’s organizer, and my liaison to the whole affair, Willi Meusburger, is a large buoyant man who wears bright dandyish suits and a fabulous Dalí moustache. A miracle in and of himself.

The group, by and large much older than me, were also a wondrous delight. Where else, I wondered, would you find a devoted team celebrating a not very well-known Austrian-born English writer? A diverse group composed of an Italian geologist, English pianist, nephew of Virginia Woolf, and a former Wesleyan German lit professor. All providing worthwhile scholarship on a man who, despite rubbing elbows with D.H. Lawrence and Rudyard Kipling, scant attention is paid beyond his scabrous character, little boy scandals and South Wind—his most popular novel.

But don’t start with South Wind several of the symposium goers told me: Siren Land or his autobiography Looking Back are much better. Douglas composed the latter by pulling acquaintances’ business cards randomly from a bowl and writing a blurb about each of them. This should tell you more about the guy than any of the tabloids. He’s fascinating, really.

Back in Bregenz, I found myself confronting another miracle. Namely, Ed Ruscha‘s Miracle (1975), a film that follows a mustachioed mechanic around his centerfold-adorned garage as he works on, or rather tinkers with, a lipstick red ’65 Ford Mustang. At one point while the frustrated mechanic is noodling with the float bowl of the carburetor, he gets a call from a pretty young lady, played by actress Michelle Phillips.

Leisurely sprawled out on her bed painting her nails the same color as the Mustang, the blonde beauty teases Mr. Mustache with her anonymity. Intrigued, he finally figures her out and asks her on a date that evening. They settle on a time and the rest of the film is tensely wound around scenes of the newly energized mechanic feverishly attempting to configure the carburetor as the clock ticks away towards the looming date.

However, our guy only manages to get further engrossed in the complexities of the machine—even going so far as breaking out test tubes and strips to determine the chemical compounds of the residue—and just when you thought a carburetor couldn’t get any more complex, she calls. She’s distressed. She says it’s an hour-and-a-half past their scheduled date. Amused, he corrects her, and says that technically he’s an hour-and-forty-five minutes late. She huffs and hangs up. He cocks his head and grins. Then he puts the carb back together and back in the Mustang, and fires it up. The credit sequence shows a close-up of the tail pipe purring clean exhaust….

The takeaway is that the film’s miracle isn’t the babe calling out of the blue, but the object in and of itself, and the working of that object. (Had she found her way into his garage I’m sure the film would have taken a very different turn.) As the first piece displayed in Kunsthaus Bregenz‘s four-storied showing of Ruscha’s work, Miracle really is the best way towards reading the rest of the exhibition, appropriately titled Reading Ed Ruscha.

After Miracle there’s three separate rooms of Ruscha’s objects. All of his art books were on display, as well as several newer paintings of, you got named it, books! It’s a Gertrude Stein meets Americana fantasy library with goofy phrases and syntax appropriated from America’s more rowdy, roughneck era. Caustic cowboy catchphrases like, “When I’m released I’m smoking a straight line to you – got me?”, “This no joke I’m after you stupid punk”, and “You will eat hot lead”. The images were far more measured and pretty, but after three big rooms of the stuff, the jokes started to wear thin.

It wasn’t until after a fairy tale train ride to Vienna, at an entirely separate show, that I saw Ruscha’s truly miraculous objects. The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas is Ruscha as curator pulling from the Kunsthistorisches Museum‘s collection. As a celebrated pop artist, the title plays on Ruscha’s insistence that all good art steals from its predecessors. In several of his selections the influence is obvious—the “unnatural blazing backgrounds” in the 17th century portraits of Archduke Albrecht and Archduchess Isabella, and the mirrored and layered gradients of a giant rock crystal—both look strikingly similar to many of the backgrounds found in Ruscha’s own work. The rest of the show essentially revealed that the dude just likes cool things. Things like coyotes, rattlesnakes, meteorite fragments, and 17th century knives that fold out and contain small pictures of inscribed deities. You know, miraculous kind of stuff.

So I’m going to have to disagree with Douglas a bit because something can be both wonderful and miraculous, useful and indispensable. Austria is a case in point. Nowhere in all my travels have I seen so much verdant beauty and met such friendly people. Everywhere I went there was either a castle or a waterfall or a little village framed by majestic mountains. And everyone I met was like, Hey, come on in. I walked into a packed Italian restaurant and the waitress sat me with a couple who were more than happy to share their table and conversation. I walked by a private lederhosen party and within seconds I was being offered free beer and cake and directions to the best lederhosen shop in town. It’s almost sickening, really, all this wonderful miraculousness. Douglas may have had a point after all.

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Fabricatorz Rebuild Creative Commons Web Presence Across Five Engines

In early September, Fabricatorz were contracted by Creative Commons to redesign and launch an updated website design in time for the Creative Commons Summit and its fall fundraising campaign. Later we were to roll-out the same theme across their other major websites. That means we had to crank out in a short time a theme that could be simplified, controlled from one set of master files, and change quickly based upon regular direction from CC staff, while making sure everything works well across five web engines: the main wordpress site, civicrm, the cc licensing engine, CC’s Wiki and

Screenshot of Creative Commons Website

Christopher from Fabricatorz designed the site from some various suggestions from Creative Commons CEO Cathy Casserly and board member Esther Wojcicki. Christopher wisely pushed to build the design on top of HTML5Boilerplate, so that the site would be stable across modern browsers and all the way back to IE 7 and above on Windows, since many Creative Commons website viewers use Internet Explorer on Windows.

Like Open Font Library, the site is also built using CSS media queries so the design is responsive to different devices from desktop to iPad to mobile phone. And, since the site is HTML5, its using the latest in stable open web technologies.

The above CC Search is now fully themed to fit in as well, with the entire Creative Commons website. This small portal actually gets a lot of traffic from the main Creative Commons website, so its important that it works decent and can be a lightpost illuminating the path to Creative Commons-licensed content.

Fabricatorz are available now for hire to build websites, web apps, convert your website to the future, translate your site into many different languages like Chinese and/or start from the bottom or top, and complete your project! We are lining up projects for 2012 fast. Let’s talk about how we can work together on your project.

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Laoban Soundsystem Tonite ! 老板音响系统1.0, CPU:798圣诞Mixing活动

Lu posted up on her website a shorter Chinese translation of the announcement text for the event tonite! Help spread the word! Come on out. We will have person making meat on sticks, free crate of beer, and then other drinks from local people selling. Its going to be a blast!


老板音响系统1.0, CPU:798圣诞Mixing活动


我们邀请大家来参加“老板音响系统1.0” 的启动活动,一次在 CPU:798 画廊的圣诞Mixing 活动。这是一个新的媒体活动尝试,欢迎大家带上你们的手提电脑、摄像机、播放器或其它录制设备来参加活动。我们的目的是混合媒体,并了解艺术家、DJ、音乐家、设计师、建筑师正在进行的工作和项目,无论是成功的、失败的还是未完成的项目。计划的最终目的是通过媒体的混合,以及通过在纪录的内容(照片,视频等)上添加“老板”的标签(tagging) 并上传到, 和其它地方,从而使消费者成为生产者。


地点:CPU: 798 (map:

地点:CPU: 798 (map:,798内优伦斯对面时八书店的小路尽头就是 CPU:798,将有“老板”标记。



This Friday, December 12, 8 PM – 12 Midnight, Fabricatorz and CPU:798 hosting the launch of the Laoban Soundsystem 1.0 with a free and open to the public event at
CPU:798 (map) in DaShanZi/798, Beijing

We invite all to come out to the launch of version 1.0 of the Laoban Soundsystem for a special Holiday Mixing Event at CPU:798. This is a new type of media event where all are welcome to join, bring media, laptops, video players, cameras, and other recording devices. The goal is to mix media, explore what artists, DJs, musicians, designers, and architects are working on RIGHT NOW — successes, failures, and rough edges are welcome at Laoban events! The ultimate plan is for consumers to be producers by both mixing media, and by tagging any recordings they have with “laoban” when posting onto,, or other places.

参与人包括 Participants Include:

UPDATE: Here are a couple more people mixing into the event!

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Aiki Framework 0.9.0 Released with Our New Installer

Along with Open Clip Art Library 3.1, we released Aiki Framework 0.9.0, “Infrastructure for the Future” release. Aiki Framework is a software invented by Bassel Safadi to power the Open Clip Art Library and other database heavy sites, that need collaboration on the web. Fabricatorz and Aiki Lab use this software where possible to solve client problems and to make the platform better so it becomes easier to make sites each time.

In this Aiki 0.9.0 release, we fixed 76 bugs and added 23 new features. The highlights of the release are a new installer, and lots of developer-centric infrastructure for the future: multi-languages, multi-views, multi-sites and more! Get it while it’s hot!

Aiki keeps getting better. Have you tried it? Join us! If you want a fast website that is scalable, hire us.

Check out the new installer below (a big thanks to rg1024 and jcubic for working so hard on this release too):

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Fabricatorz Week in Review: July 11 – 18

This week’s Fabricatorz update is chalk-full of interviews, project iterations and conferences!

Getting things rolling, Christopher Adams will be speaking at the joint conference COSCUP/GNOME.Asia 2010, which takes place August 14-15. His topic will be “Elements of Typographic Freedom.”

Another Fabricatorz developer, Barry Threw, recently released StringPort, a one-of-a-kind computer interface for stringed instruments! StringPort arrived in response to the limitations many stringed performers find in MIDI programming and capturing compelling recordings.

In StatusNet land, Derek Derouin has been hard at work on the company’s own weekly StatusReport. Fabricatorz founder, Jon Phillips will be speaking, on behalf of StatusNet and free software, at FISL11 (Fórum Internacional Software Livre), which will be taking place this month (July 21-24) in Brazil.

This Sunday (July 18th) marks the Federated Social Web Summit, and Fabricatorz Florica and Jon have been working, in Portland, on representing new standards and agreed upon best-practices in web development.

Meanwhile, The Open Clip Art Library continues it’s evolution, following the recent release of Version 2.3. The FCRC Logo Design Contest deadline was pushed back an extra week (from July 9 to July 16) in order to accommodate for all of the incredible entries. Contest participants can expect an announcement of the winning design this Monday (July 19)! OCAL has also recently received recommendations from Luther College: Library and Information Services and @BobChao.

Jon has been all over the map this week, and is also featured in a Q & A at the Libre Graphics Meeting, defining the gathering and it’s personal relevance. Another interview, curtesy of the Meeting, is documented on a recent post.

Solid work across the board from the Fabricatorz team. We’ll continue bringing updates on these and future projects as the weekly reports continue!

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Video Poem: Thoughts on the “web”

Our own Jon Phillips is featured in a recent video sharing his thoughts on what the web means, in both a personal and historical context.

Head over to commonspace to read the full article detailing the video!

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Xiaoban 0.5

Xiaoban 0.5

Originally uploaded by rejon

This is just a nice post to tide you over until the real Xiaoban 1.0 samples arrive here in Beijing and we can post more. Promise there is movement towards making these real. Don’t forget this all comes from the Laoban project.

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Open Clip Art Library DouDou Linux Competition and Famous People Collection

Doudou Linux Submission by Chrisdesign

Over at Open Clip Art Library, there is a steady march of development by Fabricatorz Brad and Jon, Boobaloo is helping move things forward, and the chat channel is springing forward. Also, looking at the numbers there now 83,113 artists on Open Clip Art Library, and 1,186 added this month so far! Please join us upload clip art and let’s grow this number!


We need you! Helping with the project is a great way to learn about open source software development. At the upcoming Libre Graphics Meeting 2011 in Montreal May 10-13, 2011, we will be launching Open Clip Art Library 3.0. Join us and be part of the announcement!

Doudou Linux Logo Competition

Head librarian Boobaloo worked with the Doudou Linux project to launch a logo competition to come up with the project’s new identity. There are already several submissions. Its a great way to be discovered.

Boobaloo states:

DoudouLinux (DDL) is a Linux distro for kids from 2 to 12 yrs old. It is specially designed to make computing easy for children (and their parents too!). Could run without installation from USB or LiveCD. So, if you have kidz – DoudouLinux made specially for them!

The competition goal is to attract more designers to the project and up the style. Its a good way to get your feet wet with libre graphics and to gain some reputation :)

Speaking of which, I noticed that the Freedombox project’s logo came completely from remixing artwork on the Open Clip Art Library. I like the Freedombox logo, but we think this GNU dressed as Che might be more interesting.

GNU dressed like Che

Famous People Collection

Brad has been adding features and fixing bugs left and right. The collection functionality he added is getting a good work out now. Its getting more attention with this month’s main activity. Please submit your images and help collect images of Famous People.

Richard Stallman as Vector

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The Project 2011

LGM Nerve Center

Over at my personal site I posted about a project that is a core philosophy of the Fabricatorz team. We build free network services. That doesn’t mean we give away client’s data or property, but we use free and open source software to make successful projects. Its a decision we made, and it sets us apart from other labs and shops that are more like blackwater for development. logo by mray

Check out the Project. Fabricatorz friend MRAY designed the super-statue-of-liberty-esque logo.

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老板 赞助级别 (Laoban Soundsystem 2.0 Sponsorship in Chinese)

Thanks to Shasha Liu and Lu Jia, here are Chinese translations of the Laoban Soundsystem 2.0 Sponsorship blog post and main PDF.

Laoban Soundsystem 2.0 Infodoc Chinese

Fabricatorz的 “老板”音响系统2.0正式登陆中国。




迷你 赞助商 (250美元)
标志/图像 + 赞助商网站主页链接

标志/图像 +赞助商网站主页链接

超级赞助商 (1000美元)
标志/图像 +赞助商网站主页链接



老板音响系统活动是一个新型的媒体活动,活动鼓励大家来积极参与,并带来多媒体,笔记本电脑,各种视频播放器,相机和其他纪录工具。其目标就是混合各种媒体, 去探索艺术家,DJ, 音乐家,设计师和建筑师现在所做的事情——成功,失败和未完成的计划在老板活动中都会受到欢迎!最终计划就是通过混合多媒体和使人群通过他们的纪录在, flickr.com和其他地方上圈出“老板”,从而让消费者转变为制作人。

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Consent to Research and Sharing Your Health

We like to share. But what what does it mean to share data about our health?

All of us at Fabricatorz are well-practiced in the means and ways of sharing our creative output with everyone. Often this takes the form of selectively sharing certain rights to our creations, or even dedicating our work entirely to the public domain. We reason that our future interests (and yours!) are always better served by sharing what we do.

Sharing is one of the core principles that we wish to extend to greater aspects of our lives. However, there are certain domains of information where the legal and technological means of sharing are as yet ill-defined or non-existent.

One such domain concerns our health. Data about our health and genomics are the most intimate of personal details we can describe, and yet could prove to be the most useful thing we could ever choose to share about ourselves.

Anyone who has ever participated in a clinical study in the name of science has had to give consent to the researchers to use his or her data. However, there is as yet no easy way for that individual in the future to give any qualified researcher access to his or her data collected in the original study. This hampers your ability to share your own data, and consequently slows the progress of medical science itself.

A new project, Consent to Research, currently in a pilot phase, aims to remedy this problem by building a platform for gathering user-contributed data about health and genomics and sharing it with qualified research scientists. Consent to Research was conceived and is run by John Wilbanks.

Fabricatorz were contracted to build an alpha testing system as a proof of concept for the Consent to Research project (CtR). Our team has worked quickly and quietly to build and deploy CtR using Aiki Framework, and are proud to announce that the alpha site is live.

CtR Screenshot

If you’re interested in the future of open medical data science, or would just like to become an alpha tester, the new site is open and ready for testing at:

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Qi Hardware’s August News and Milkymist Logo Updates

Released today is the monthly Qi Hardware’s news where you’ll see a veritable explosion of developments.

Beyond the fun news of the homebrew CMOS project making the world’s smallest Nyan Cat, Fabricatorz Christopher Adams provided some design tweaks to the upcoming Milkymist One product launch:

Milkymist Logo Concept

The changes are included in the upcoming Milkymist One RC3 hardware with the new logo laser etched onto the top of the case, seen below.

Milkymist Engraved Logo

And then you can also see it propagated to the box design:

M1 Box Artwork

You can also see on the latest news the full spread of the slides I developed for FISL12 in Brazil:

Qi Hardware Milkymist Slides by REJON

This just scratches the surface of the last month of news from the Qi Hardware Project. Please read about the other developments and join the copyleft hardware revolution!

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