...And while we're on the topic of the freeduino site, I am open to any suggestions as to what to do with it. I also registered freeduino.com and net, in case anyone has a use for them. A collective site showcasing Freeduino products for sale?
Yip, something a little more commercial for the dot com perhaps, here's a mock up:-
I've spent a while looking around the net at 'so called' consultants and providers of electronic hardware and software solutions, and with all due respect, many of them don't impress me. Some, for what they boast, it's unclear precisely what they do, or they market products picked out of someone else's catalog.
So I think there's talent amongst the freeDuino people that can be harvested to provide commercial products and solutions to anyone that hasn't got the time to "fiddle" around with electronic's and software themselves ... and that would be most companies that don't have an in-house IT / electronic design team.
So I'd propose the dot com be used as a commercial think-tank foundation, to act as the nucleus for devising hardware and software solutions people might like to pay to get, and to showcase and sell freeDuino and affiliated products. TrossenRobotic's is a nice model but I think we can step it up a bit, provide a more diverse range of products and solutions for a wider range of commercial applications, and look better doing it :)
So a commercial venture, but a little more than just off-the-shelf products.
I can already hear a chorus of negativity from certain quarters. Save it - I'd like to stop global warming too but while big business is around, it ain't gonna happen .. go with the flow I say, and make a tidy profit along the way.