Given that the January issue is the 2nd issue of Servo magazine,
it is hard to make long term predictions about its content.
I've reread the editorial and I conclude that he (Dan Danknick)
is expecting great things from us so called "hobbyist robotics"
enthusiasts. He is making an analogy about how the personal
computer hobby wound up doing great things and spawned numerous
succesful companies. (By the way, if you include the open source
movement as the follow on to the personal computer hobby, I would
claim that the personal computer hobby still is doing great
With regards to other magazine's, they have come and gone.
I got exactly one issue of Robot Science and Technology
for my subscription fee before they ceased publication.
If we want Servo magazine to hang around, we as a collection
of robotic enthusiasts need to take the time write up articles
about our robotic creations and submit them. If we, as a group,
want articles with schematics, we need to submit articles with
schematics in them; I doubt any reasonable article will be turned
By the way, Bill Benson and I have submitted three articles
to Servo magazine that have been accepted for publication
and are planning on submitting at least three more. Other
contributors to this newsgroup (e.g. Gordon McComb) have
contributed articles as well. If you have a robotic creation
worth writing about, please submit an article; I would love
to read about it.
P.S. To E-mail me directly, send E-mail to Wayne -at-
Gramlich -Dot- Net.
Well I just subscribed so I'm hoping I won't be disappointed. I was a bit
miffed when I subscribed to Nuts & Volts back in August primarily to get the
robotics supplements that were dropped a month later in favor another
magazine subscription. But NV is a good mag and I enjoy it by itself.
If you guys want to see something in the personal robotics column in Nuts N
Volts, I'm open to suggestions. It really isn't meant as cookbook, rather it
is meant to be inspirational and informative. The "nitty gritty" is left to
I have a lot of neat stuff on the horizon, but am always open to
"Dave" <blank> wrote in message
--For those who have succeeded in what they are doing to publish
in this zine would be great. I'd sure like to see a greatly expanded Q&A
scetion, however, for those of us who are still struggling to get to first
--I got the feeling in the editorial that the magazine was going
to shift gears and also try to become a trade publication for companies
that were doing stuff waaay beyond the hobby realm. Every other zine I've
read that has tried to 'serve two masters' has either failed or gone
totally industry-centric and become, well, useless for all but a chosen
few. I hope that's not where Servo is headed.
"Steamboat Ed" Haas : "The Faceless Conglomerate
Hacking the Trailing Edge! : you can trust...
I will agree that the articles I've seen so far are a bit "fluffy",
but that may just what they had starting out.
If we want more gritty articles, we have to write them.
D. Jay Newman
Writing articles can get painful, and it pays as well as a minimum wage food
service job if you're not careful. (Speaking from painful experience) The
best part is that I get to write off the goodies I buy.
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