About

Hello and welcome to my blog. You clicked on “About” so you must want to know something about me. You already know my name so no surprises there. I’m a guy, a guy who likes to use his hands. I enjoy building things, taking things apart, fixing things, and have been known to light things on fire. I have numerous hobbies including running, skiing, martial arts, computers, CNC machining, 3D printing, playing the guitar and lots of other stuff. I’m also a self proclaimed “car guy.” I’ve been told (by my wife) that I need fewer hobbies. I sometimes agree.

To fund my habits, I work for MakerMedia Inc in the Maker Shed, the e-commerce division of Make Magazine. My official title is Product Innovation Manager.



8 Responses to About

  1. Sam Midgley says:

    Hi! I’m working for the NHS as a medical engineering apprentice and they’re buying a Rasberry Pi and giving me a project to find and build something that can be taken to exhibitions. Which brings me to ask if I could have your permission for this? Throughout my apprenticeship I cover electronics, computing and workshop and i feel that this is a perfect example of all of them together.

    • mkcastor says:

      Hi Sam,

      Go for it! The project is open source so you’re free to build one yourself. I appreciate your asking.

      Thanks!

      -Michael

  2. Justin says:

    Hi Michael, I was looking at your PiPad and it is an awesome idea! I was wondering if you could repost the .zip file to DropBox or something like that. The current link is dead.

  3. Christian Gutierrez says:

    Dear Michael…thank you for posting the PiPad project. I have a question. I am trying to find the 10000mAh power pack that you specified in your material list., Can I use a less powerful poewer pack? If so, how much is the minimun power that I could use? Thank you very much. Im working with may son in this for his school science project. Thank you very much in advance for your answer.

    • Michael Castor says:

      Hi Christian,

      You could use a smaller supply if you like, but you’ll sacrifice battery life. The most important thing is that you use a supply that can output 3A or so of current at 5v, especially if you plan on running WiFi, Bluetooth, and other peripherals.

  4. Some Guy says:

    I have a question about building my own tablet/computer. I got my designs and ideas and I wanted to know how to actually build it. Should take things apart and make my own or use original equipment instead of using other people stuff

  5. Later says:

    Hi Michael, Came to your website via the Hacker News posting; love the PiPad. I want to talk to you about some of your hardware projects. I am local to the Bay Area.

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