By Andrew 'bunnie' Huang
"Hardware, says Bunnie Huang, is a global with no secrets and techniques: in case you pass deep sufficient, even crucial key's expressed in silicon or fuses. His is a global with no mysteries, basically unexplored areas. it is a glance within a brain with out peer."—Edward Snowden
For over a decade, Andrew "bunnie" Huang, one of many world's such a lot esteemed hackers, has formed the fields of hacking and undefined, from his cult-classic publication Hacking the Xbox to the open-source computer Novena and his mentorship of varied startups and builders. In The Hacker, Huang stocks his reviews in production and open undefined, growing an illuminating and compelling occupation retrospective.
Huang's trip begins along with his first stopover at to the excellent electronics markets in Shenzhen, with compartments overflowing with capacitors, reminiscence chips, voltmeters, and threat. He stocks how he navigated the overpowering global of chinese language factories to deliver chumby, Novena, and Chibitronics to lifestyles, protecting every thing from making a invoice of fabrics to picking the manufacturing unit to most sensible healthy his needs.
Through this selection of own essays and interviews on themes starting from the legality of opposite engineering to a comparability of highbrow estate practices among China and the USA, bunnie weaves engineering, legislation, and society into the tapestry of open hardware.
With hugely precise passages at the bits and bobs of producing and a accomplished tackle the problems linked to open resource undefined, The Hacker is a useful source for aspiring hackers and makers.
"A tour-de-force that mixes the various genius careers of 1 of the world's nice hacker-communicators: sensible, theoretical, philosophical and infrequently mind-blowing."—Cory Doctorow, writer of Little Brother and know-how activist
"Fascinating, insightful, and useful. Curious how the units in our day-by-day lives come into being? are looking to manufacture your personal undertaking? during this well-written e-book, Bunnie describes the fine details of producing strategy in China. a really wonderful and informative read."—Mitch Altman, Inventor of TV-B-Gone
"Bunnie is the last word journey consultant of hacking because it stands this present day, with an eye fixed in the direction of the elegant artwork of ways issues are /really/ made. The Hacker will take you on a trip throughout the factories of the realm, protecting either technical & moral implications of the "stuff" we manufacture and buy."—Limor "ladyada" Fried, Founder & Engineer Adafruit Industries
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Subtleties like the fact that the adhesive on one side is a poor insulator also require a basic understanding of physics that line workers simply don’t have. Worse yet, explaining these concepts requires technical words that your translator might not even know. In my case, even a good 3D drawing or photograph of the finished assembly couldn’t have gotten the whole concept across, because the stiffness of the tape required a particular motion to fold without tearing. Describing the process remotely, approving samples via photographs, and ultimately approving a unit delivered via FedEx might have taken a couple of weeks, but standing in front of a group of workers and demonstrating the process firsthand took only a few minutes.
When I arrived and tested the microphone, I found to my dismay that the microphones were still not working. How could that be? There are only two ways to connect a microphone. It turns out there were two operators on the line assembling the microphone. One soldered the red and black wires to the microphone. The next soldered these red and black wires to the circuit board. The operators were told to reverse the order, and both of them dutifully complied—giving me a microphone that was still soldered in backward, but with the color of the wires swapped.
In a way, my understanding of manufacturing over the years has mirrored Shenzhen’s growth. Before going to China, I had never mass-produced anything. I didn’t know anything about supply chains. I had no idea what “operations and logistics” meant. To me, it sounded like something out of a math or programming textbook. Still, Steve Tomlin, my boss at the time, charged me with figuring out how to build a supply chain suitable for our hardware startup, Chumby. Sending a novice into China was a big risk, but my lack of preconceived notions was more of an asset than a liability.