In order to help out his friends and fellow geeks, James “Laen” Neal organized and collected orders for printed circuit boards (PCBs) for them. This service grew to be Laen’s full-time job (OSHPark.com), and the unique purple circuit boards he offers can be seen all over the Web inside thousands of projects across the globe.
Laen is heavily involved in his local maker community, specifically the local Dorkbot group (dorkbotpdx.org), where he helps out in numerous ways. I learned to design circuit boards using Eagle CAD at a local workshop that Laen taught.
Steven Osborn: So, first, I want to know—is it James or Laen?