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M5 Workshops for this Saturday, October 13

Personal Finance Seminar Series

Arber Doci, EE ’13, will be teaching a Personal Finance Seminar Series as a part of M5 SaturdayWorkshops. Learn about economic matters and how to manage your money in this essential seminar series. You can (and should!) come to all of them, listed below, or you can pick and choose which individual seminars you would like to attend.
The first seminar will be held this Saturday, October 13th, at 1:00 PM in M5. The topic will be Banking, Credit, Introduction to IPOs.
Contact Arber at for questions!
Other seminars in this series include:
Saturday October 13th, 1pm – “Banking, Credit, Introduction to IPOs”
Saturday October 20th, 1pm – “Getting Involved in the Stock Market”
Saturday November 3rd, 1pm – “Money Matters”
Saturday November 17th, 1pm – “Taxes?”
Saturday November 24th, 1pm – “Getting Involved in the Options Market”
Saturday December 1st, 1pm – “Why is your Money Losing Value”


Machine Shop

There will be a Makerspace Workshop this Saturday, October 13th, from 2-5pm taught by David Elentukh.

This will be the second in the several part series to make a new bike rack behind M5. Learn to use bench grinders, reciprocating metal saws, pipe benders and other metalworking tools. No prior experience is required. Only the first 10 people to RSVP will be taken. Other people are welcome to come and watch and learn, but due to limited space, not everyone can be working simultaneously website here.

If you’d like to come out and work on a personal project, just sit and watch, or help out, all are always welcome.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to David at





Did ya know?[Future Edition] – Another EAGLE Workshop!

Hey everyone, did you know that last semester, a handful of our M5 makers designed their own circuits, then proceeded to get them manufactured? Well now you do.

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But don’t feel like you missed it, because we’re offering the EAGLE workshop again! This coming Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00, Sean and I will be heading the workshop, where you’ll learn about what it takes to go from schematic to a shiny green (or red) printed circuit board. The main backbone for this process is EAGLE (Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor), a CAD (Computer Aided Design) program, which you will learn about in the workshop if you sign up today! Expect an email from Sean with more details, or if you just can’t wait to sign up, email him at smklaiber (at)

On another note, today is Heinrich Rudolf Hertz’s birthday! Happy Birthday Mr. Hertz!


Did ya know? – Saturday Hacker Day Workshops

Hey everyone, did you know that every Saturday afternoon,  M5 is open for you to either make/build/hack/concoct any projects or participate in a workshop? Well now you do.

M5 is open almost every Saturday, from 12:00pm to 3:30pm. During this time, Sean Klaiber (EE’11), Edmar Goncalves (CSE’12), and I (CSE’12) facilitate a workshop on a particular topic. Previous topics that we’ve covered include: EagleCAD, the “Hidden-Sounds Band”, and most recently, the Arduino. The last Saturday, the workshop taught the basics of the awesome prototyping platform Arduino. We covered how to set it up, as well as digital and analog input and output.

But, just because there’s a preset workshop, it doesn’t mean that it’s the only thing you can do. You can also work on your personal electronics project–and we’re here to help with that too! Just let us know, and we’ll help you make something cool. For more information about the coming workshops, keep an eye out on Sean’s blog posts (it’s usually labeled “The Future”),  or contact him by email: smklaiber (at)

-Rodrigo Bismonte

The Future – Linux

An older computer of mine once had a string of blue death screens and so I deleted Windows. Then installed Ubuntu. Then was happy again 🙂

This Thursday 6-9pm and Saturday 12-3pm, I’ll be hosting the first of two Linux workshops. This first week will be an intro to linux based operating systems and a couple of hugely important but relatively basic command line actions. We’ll be using live CDs running Ubuntu for both weeks.

Linux has been hugely successful as far as efficiency is concerned but remains difficult to use for most. Come to this workshop to clear away the confusion! It will boost your resume skills, teach you enough that all UNIX based systems will make less confusion, and expose the awesomeness of the command line!

Send any questions to smklaiber (at)