Phillip Torrone answers your questions

September 5th, 2004, [Phillip Torrone] posts the very first article on a new site called Hackaday.com. He designed our logo, forged our identity, and then moved on to help shape many other hacker friendly groups including Make magazine, and Adafruit technologies.

We’re going to be interviewing him once we’ve compiled a decent list of questions. We’ve got a few of our own, but we really want to get yours to him. Leave your questions in the comments and we’ll compile the most popular to send along.

[image via Wired]

Comments

  1. matt says:

    I wonder what he thinks of the various sites he helped start, and the differences between them. More specifically, their commenter communities. The differences between the commenters here and at blog.makezine.com are striking.

  2. CURIOUS says:

    Are you and Limor dating?

  3. David s says:

    Sean- goodwill stores have a great supply of old scanners, printers, and monitors for dollars.

  4. Velli says:

    Hey Phil, what’s it like to have created an entire cult of suck at consumerist.com?

  5. PBruno says:

    How do you balance the equally time sucking activities of writing and hacking? How do you know when to end your time at the workbench and get to the writing component?

  6. Non says:

    @Velli

    lulz, son I am proud.

  7. Luke says:

    Did you take stuff apart when you were a kid and make your parents mad (e.g. the VCR, phone, radio, etc.)?

  8. Jake says:

    “Other hacker friendly groups”

    …Less than 5% of the stuff *linked* to on this site would classify as a “hack”. This site caters to wannabes who like reading about what other people have done (and provided step-by-step instructions to duplicate their work). Following someone else’s footsteps does not make you a hacker.

    I am in a computer lab in the engineering building for my school. I just got razzed by 3 different people for having this “nub” site up on one of my monitors. These kids aren’t even engineers, yet they already know what fail this site can be.

    I’m all for spreading the word on cool projects, but articles like this annoy the hell outta me. Virtually nothing posted here is done by anyone associated with HaD. This is nothign more than a blog that posts random links to random projects. Figure it out.

    /embarassed for being caught reading HaD

  9. Ketin says:

    @Robert and Samuel:
    I think they very well be dating although I’ve never asked PT when I see him. I got curious so I searched and found this evidence. http://billcammack.com/2008/03/28/phil-limor/

    Also, this picture of Limor I came across in the search from around 03-04 was just too adorable to pass up. (Sorry if it embeds and doesn’t just post a link. If it does, can a moderator correct it?). http://www.media.mit.edu/wearables/mithril/limor-small.jpg

  10. keystoneclimber says:

    Phillip,

    How many black shirts do you own?

  11. Velocty says:

    Are you scared of birds?

  12. Andrew says:

    To echo what others have said: what suggestions do you have for people “starting out”? What advice do you have for beginners?

  13. PR0CR4571N4T0R says:

    How much are you worth?

  14. Pa55w0rD says:

    What conditioner do you use?

  15. Chris says:

    what did it feel like when you posted your first hack?

  16. Crawford says:

    Phillip,

    We all hit ‘brick walls’ while building, designing, hacking or writing. How do you get through this?

    P.S. Awesome to meet you and Ladyada at MF/NYC.

  17. Jakee says:

    OK, I am looking for EE-related “hacks” that this guy is doing, I am finding marketing and publishing related stuff. Where is his EE work? Is it on a different page?

  18. http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1380/873415552_b17487119c.jpg

    That’s almost a “Make:”-out picture. ;-)

  19. Georgio says:

    @Crawford

    Take a peek at this video.

  20. TRONhack3r says:

    what was your best hack ever?

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