Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Dec 2009 18:05 UTC, submitted by narramissic
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over the weekend Barnes & Noble's Nook was rooted and the hacking and developer community is hard at work bringing new functionality to adventurous Nook owners.
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RE[6]: why
by Ed W. Cogburn on Sat 19th Dec 2009 19:56 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: why"
Ed W. Cogburn
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2009-07-24

So here is the thing, an e-reader is not a good general computer.


Depends on the design of the gadget.

I do understand the drive to pull things apart and see how they work, but I was responding to a comment that a full android install should be on these things.


I wasn't talking about geeks, my initial post here was on the fundamental issue of whether locking things down will be viable in the long run as these gadgets get more powerful.

As for whatever 'a full Android install' means, I never mentioned that, the post I initially responded to didn't either, and besides, we're talking here about gadgets that already have a full OS on them anyway - the question is how much of that capability is locked away from the user.

The author of TFA doesn't seem to be a geek, but even he thinks it would be a great thing to be able to look up references (via Google/Wiki) while reading an ebook. A well-designed gadget could easily do this, if its creator chooses to let its users do so.

In the long run, it will be these kind of 'power users', a much larger segment of the userbase, rather than the hack-it-apart geeks, that will force OEMs to make more flexible, less-locked-down gadgets. It will, however, be the those geeks who show the 'power users' what is possible (much like the author of TFA is now waiting to see what can be done with a rooted Nook).

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