The Age of ICT DIY Making Your Own Electronics

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이번에는 'Opensource Hardware(오픈소스 하드웨어)'에 대해 소개해 드리려 합니다. 이제 누구나 프로그래밍하고, 자신이 원하는 가전제품을 직접 만들어 사용할 수 있는 세상이 머지않았습니다! 프로그래밍이 모니터 밖으로 나와 이제 우리가 일상적으로 사용하는 전자제품까지 어떤 영양을 미치게 될지 알아볼까요? 박종건 선임과 함께 하는 Opensource Hardware 이야기 오늘부터 시작합니다~!
Opensource HW <1> 나만의 전자 제품을 만드는 ICT DIY 시대

여러분들께서는 가전제품에 대하여 어떻게 생각하시나요?

대부분 이미 만들어져 있는 것들을 비교하고 나에게 가장 적절한 기능과 가격대를 선택하는 물건으로 생각하고 계실 겁니다. 하지만 자기가 필요한 전자 제품이나 기구를 직접 만들어서 사용할 수 있다고 하면 믿을 수 있으신가요? 농담이나 미래의 이야기가 아닌 이미 현실화된 이야기입니다. 무언가를 만들기 좋아하는 '메이커(Makers)'들은 세상에 자신이 원하는 제품은 나와있지 않다는 생각으로 본인들이 직접 전자제품들을 만들기 시작했습니다. 여기에서 핵심적인 역할을 담당하는 것이 Opensource HW입니다.




▲ 이미 국내외로 다양한 작품들을 만들어서 전시하는 Maker Faire가 인기를 끌고 있다.

(출처 : http://www.makerfaireistanbul.com)





▲ Opensource HW가 있으면 장난감이나 로봇도 직접 만들 수 있다.

(출처 : wikimedia @kozuch)


올해 봄 ICT 분야의 세계적인 명사들이 참가 한 서울디지털포럼 2014에 뜻밖의 인사를 만날 수 있었습니다. RaspberryPi 재단의 공동 창립자이자 케임브리지대학교 컴퓨터학 교수인 앨런 마이크로프트가 연사로 한국을 방문한 것이었습니다.


그는 포럼에서 ‘모두를 위한 일상의 프로그래밍’이라는 주제를 발표했습니다. 앨런 마이크로프트는 오늘날 젊은 세대들이 스마트폰, 태블릿, 인터넷이 없는 시대를 상상할 수 없고, 너무나…

Blogger Review: My Experience Blogging in the BlogSpot Platform

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Blogger Review: My Experience Blogging in the BlogSpot Platform

This post is targeted at offering a sincere review on Blogger as demanded by one of our readers. So, if you have recently started a free blog on Blogger or you plan on starting one, I suggest you stick around.
Blogging has reshaped the world of digital marketing. There literally millions of bloggers all over the world —  you can find among them: fashion bloggers, fitness bloggers, sports bloggers, etc. Also, the number of blogging software available to these bloggers keep increasing
Blogger is one of the most popular blogging software in the world. Major reason for its wide popularity is due to the fact that it;s been around for a long time and is completely free to use. You don’t have to pay a dime for hosting, SSL certificates, or the customer support you get.
Blogger was bought in 2003 by the search engine giant, Google, from its original creators, Pyra Labs. Ever since then, it has provided easy and free access to its millions of users all over the world. This, I believe is a huge resource for individuals who want to go into blogging and build a passive income online but have limited resources.

My Blogger Review

I started my first blog on Blogger; that was where I learned most of the things I know right now. So, we owe Google a lot of credits for providing the world with such a huge resource for free. If you have limited resources while starting up your blog, then the BlogSpot platform was created just for you.
Blogger blogs have always been the easiest to monetize of all free blogs. All you need to do is to create your free blog using this amazing free blogging platform, customize it to your taste and publish a lot of quality articles. After that, it is very easy to monetize it.
As a matter of fact, the AdSense sign up button is right within your dashboard.

signig up for adsense on the blogger.com dashboard
it only requires a two click process to sign up for Google AdSense program. Signing up for Google AdSense has been the best alternative for all blogger blogs to make money online. Reason is that, you are promoting Google’s brand (blogger.com), so why would they reject your application?
However, before applying for google AdSense, there are a few important things you need to do. Your blog has to meet up with their terms and conditions. You will soon discover those terms and conditions.
Making money on your free blog is not limited to just AdSense. There are other ways you can make money with a free blog. However, I always advise all my friends with a blogger blog to stick to  Google AdSense and not promote too many affiliate products on their blog.

All you get for free on Blogger

The services you get for free on blogger are many. You get  a free sub-domain name, SSL certificates, customer support on the blogger help forum.
You might be new to blogging and not understand what I mean by SSL certificates. SSL certificates are very important nowadays. It is the green secure logo you see beside the search bar when you visit websites. For most websites you visit, I believe you now see https://www.domainname.com, instead of the usual http://www.domainname.com.
The security of your website has now become one of the ranking factors on Google. So, getting that for free on you blogger blog is something amazing. It means you get to rank better in search results also.
The free support you get on their help forum is one thing that has greatly intrigued me. There’s hardly a question that gets unanswered within 30 minutes of asking. All questions are answered by hundreds of expert contributors on the blogger help forum.

How to get the best out of your free blog

One of my readers who doesn’t have enough money to start a blog on a paid platform recently emailed me saying:
Hi Matt, I’ve been reading your blog posts about starting a blog; however, I don’t have enough funds to start a blog on a paid platform. I need to know how to get the best out of my free Blogger blog. I’d also like to know if I’ll be considered a professional blogger; because I’ve read so many other articles that say Blogger blogs are not for professionals.
I have provided answers to her already. I want to do the same on this blog post.
Almost every new Blogger out there goes about with the notion that the BlogSpot platform is not for professionals; but for learners or unserious bloggers. That is, however, not correct. Blogger is a good place to start. And you can make your free blog look very professional with a few design, styling and upgrades.
There are a few tricks I used in getting the best out of my blogger blog. I believe by now you must have created your free Blogger blog. If you have, I want to share with you those same tricks I used in getting the best out of my free blog.

1. Choose a beautiful Blogger theme

The Blogger Platform is not blessed with too many beautiful default themes. However, one theme I greatly love on their platform is the Emporio theme. I used it while blogging there. The Emporio theme has a simple look and is very easy to customize.
The Emporio theme should be among the featured theme on your blogger dashboard.

The Emporio theme
All you have to do is, click on themes, scroll down to the Emporio theme, click on the design you want, customize it to your taste and activate it on your blog.
The Emporio theme is also one of Blogger’s free resources. If you are intested in getting a good template for your blog, there are thousands of Blogger themes out there; they cost a lot less compared to WordPress themes.

2. Setup a custom domain

A lot of things are gotten for free on Blogger; however, I always give one simple advice to anyone who uses this awesome blogging software. The advice is: set up a custom domain on your free blog. It only costs a few dollars.
Setting up a custom domain on your blog gives you a brand name, a real domain name instead of the sub-domain .blogspot.com extension on the domain.
You have to buy a domain name from one of the domain names providers. I highly recommend you buy a domain name from Namecheap. I have hosted my domain names with them for many years. Never had an issue for once.
The good thing is, it’s completely free to setup custom domain on Blogger. No need to pay a fee for upgrading like you’d have done in WordPress (wordpress.com).

3. Activate SSL

I told you SSL certificates was given for free on blogger. Sometimes, after setting up a custom domain, you have to reactivate it by yourself. To do this is very easy. If you are logged in to your blogger dashboard. Click on settings.

Activating SSL on the blogger dashboard
Click on HTTPS Availability. Make sure it is set at Yes. Also, click on HTTPS redirect, make sure it is set at Yes.
Those are the three basic things you need to do to get the best out of your free blog.

How to maintain a good stand with blogger.com

After creating your free blog, there are a few things you need to know. Blogger is kind of a ‘no nonsense’ platform. You shouldn’t dare to violate any of its content policies.
You must not use your blog to publish adult contents, copyrighted contents, promote child abuse, hate speech, etc. If you violate any of those terms and conditions, your blog may get shut down and your Blogger account banished from using any of its services.

Conclusive Blogger Review (Overview)

Blogger is the best free blogging platform for any beginner who doesn’t have enough money to start a blog on WordPress.org  or any other paid platform. However, you must not abuse this free by violating its terms of use.
Frankly speaking, Blogger doesn’t have too many limitations. My take is, if you are getting millions of monthly visits to your free blog and making a lot of money from it, then you must be thinking of a way to move on, so as to save the huge amount of bandwidth and disk space your blog might be using up for the upcoming bloggers.
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