About Kevin

I'm currently working as a Service Technician for a tool rental business. Before that I worked in Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) at an oil refinery, insurance, logistics, food service, and I used to help my father run a computer business (sales, repair, networking, etc...) I've been programing as a hobby from an early age and I've dabbled in web design. I pretty much find myself doing anything I set my mind to.

Free Arduino Meetup!

Flickr - BobSimon

This free meetup will be hosted by our Arduino expert Russ, who also teaches our Arduino classes at Workshop 88.

At this casual meetup we’ll hang out and discuss the Arduino. Including but not limited to, what we’d like to learn, our project ideas, tips & tricks, etc…

Hope to see you there!

You can RSVP on our Meetup group here.

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T-Shirt wall art


Like a lot of guys my age, I’m a T-shirt guy. Funny ones, clever ones, geeky ones, and just plain cool ones. And I’m not the type to buy them at a normal brick an mortar shop. I prefer to find quirky and orignial designs on the web at places like Woot and Owl Movement.

Most of the shirts I get end up being limited runs, so when they reach the end of their life a little early, via stains or tears, there just isn’t any way to replace them. I’m also the kind of guy who hates to throw things out, and I just can’t bring myself to throw out art, which is what these shirts really are. So, it hit me, as long as the print on the shirt was in good condition, I can turn my shirts into wall art. Continue reading

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Hackers In The Pub!

SAVE THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS YOU GUYS!! Friday March 4th at 5:30PM marks the second “Hackers in the Pub” event for Workshop 88. We’ll be meeting up at Curly’s Bar & Grill in Downtown Glen Ellyn, the official bar of Workshop 88.

After some drinks and chatting at the pub we’ll walk down to the Workshop which is only a block away!

Be sure to bring your latest (small) project, or if it’s too big, just your enthusiasm for it. ;)

To RSVP goto the event on our meetup page.

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02/14 Meeting canceled

Steampunk Heart by chibilady17 via deviantart.com
For obvious reasons our Public Meeting, scheduled to occur on Monday, February 14, 2011 6:30 PM has been cancelled. We may be rescheduling this meeting for a later day in the week or the following week.

Keep your eyes peeled, and enjoy your Valentines Day!

UPDATE: We’ve shifted the meeting schedule by one week to accommodate. Our meetings will resume our normal every other week schedule starting on the 21st of Febuary. Our Meetup and Eventbrite calendars have been adjusted to reflect this change.

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Intro to Electronics

photo by Windell Oskay on flickr

Workshop 88′s Kevin Roof will be hosting an “Intro to electronics” class. Come out and start learning the basics of resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes and basic circuits. In this class you will build an LED throwie which conserves battery power by turning off during the day.

This class will consist of five main sections including:

Series of tubes:
Current
Voltage
Resistance

Schematics:
Identifying components
Reading circuit diagrams

Resistors:
Identifying values
Ohm’s Law
Parallel and Series

Transistors:
How they work
Using them as a switch

Building your LED throwie!

Contact: info@workshop88.com
Twitter: @Workshop88

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Mini Hack-A-Thon


Tomorrow Andrew and I will be hosting a Mini Hack-A-Thon at the Workshop. We both have some projects to work on and would love the company. The space will be open to the public as long as a member is present. There have been a lot of changes and additions to the space recently, we’ve got some new tools and a new wall, so you might want to stop by and take a look around.

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The Open Door Hackathon

From hackerspaces.org:

The OpenDoor Hackathon is a hackathon to benefit the members of hacker/maker/artist/co-working spaces by creating a standardized, Open Source access and membership management system that can be used by everyone. At the end of the hackathon, the systems (or subsystems) created by each space will be voted upon, and the best system (or combination of systems) will be chosen. Implementing the system afterward is, of course, optional.

For more information please visit:
hackerspaces.org

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General Meeting

Just a reminder that we’ll be having a general meeting a week from now at Workshop 88. General meetings are always open to the public. We encourage everyone to bring ideas to improve Workshop 88.

If you can’t make it to the meeting but still want to share your ideas, just email info@workshop88.com and we’ll be happy to bring it to the table for you.

Hope to see you all there!

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Changes to the site…

If you received an email about this post please hit reply and send so we know it worked. Seeing this blog post in your email means we’ve worked out the kinks in our new mailing list plugin.  Currently all users are notified when we make  a blog post about an event, class, or major announcement.  We’ve set up the plugin this way because the survey we sent out to our current mailing list showed overwhelmingly that you all prefer email communication.

If you’d like to unsubscribe just do so in the sidebar of the blog.  You may also register and edit the categories you would like to be subscribed to.  Hopefully in the future we’ll be making so many posts about classes and events, that we’ll move to a digest model for the mailing list, but for now it’s setup to work post by post.

In other news, we’ve successfully transitioned from our Google Calendar setup to a nice WordPress plugin with Eventbrite integration.  Have no fear though, we still have an iCal link available for those of you who use Google Calendar.  The events page of the site now shows a list or calendar view of all the upcoming events we’ve posted about.  The fancy Eventbrite integration now creates an event and embeds a registration box at the bottom of posts so we can keep track of planned attendance at events and classes, and also allows us to sell tickets.

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