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The Hardware Hacker by Andrew Huang

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1. made in china

Before my first visit to China, I was convinced that Akihabara in Tokyo was the go-to place for the latest electronics, knickknacks, and components. That changed in January 2007, when I first set eyes on the SEG Electronics Market in Shenzhen. SEG is eight floors of all the components a hardware addict could ever want, and only later did I learn that it’s just the tip of the Hua Qiang electronics district iceberg.

As the lead hardware engineer at Chumby at the time, I was in China with then-CEO Steve Tomlin to figure out how to make chumbys (an open source, Wi-Fi-enabled content delivery device) cheaply and on time. With prices like those at SEG, we were definitely in the right country to make at least the first part of that ...

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