Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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build an mp3 player (read all 2 entries…)
It'll happen in time

This isn’t really the place to discuss MP3 players so … adios.

One idea I’ve thrown around a lot for something to sell is a framework for a larger-size feature-rich hand-held audio player, that the end user would complete as a kit-build as he/she wants. An enclosure, linear circuitry (amps, audio controls, etc), a display, control interface (buttons, thumbwheels, etc), base it all on maybe a traditional CPU in parallel with an FPGA. End-user would provide storage medium (memory card slots, miniature hard drive, etc), power source, and all software/firmware (with the help of open-source projects), and could design and add optional things like wireless networking and recording. The reason for doing a partial product is “high-tech” things like this are so clogged up with patents and intellectual crap that it makes it all but impossible for a tiny-scale operation like what I had in mind to be doable. This would avoid patent junk at, of course, the expense of offering an incomplete product.



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