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Old 09-04-2010, 09:51 AM   #1
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Do any of the hacks that are currently out work on Kindle 3?

I'm interested in a more font hack and a screensaver hack, but they both say they are for software v 2.5 and my kindle says that it is software v3.0. Also, has anyone ever found a hack that makes the screensaver the cover of the current book?
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:03 AM   #2
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No existing hacks work for the Kindle 3 currently.
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No existing hacks work for the Kindle 3 currently.
Any word on when they might come out with working hacks?
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:11 AM   #4
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Any word on when they might come out with working hacks?
There was a post (thread?) somewhere here where they said that the way they did the hack was blocked on the K3. I'll see if I can find it.
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:18 AM   #5
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There was a post (thread?) somewhere here where they said that the way they did the hack was blocked on the K3. I'll see if I can find it.
The only hack I've seen that works, if you want to call it a hack, is the one that allows you to decrease the left and right margins. See this thread starting on page 2 and post #19:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...t=94129&page=2
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:45 AM   #6
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This is what I was refering to:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...60#post1083660

Can't jailbreak the K3 as of now.
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Are we optimistic that some bright person will figure out a jailbreak soon?
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Are we optimistic that some bright person will figure out a jailbreak soon?
Anything can be reversed engineered given the time and resources.
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Anything can be reversed engineered given the time and resources.
If Amazon made no mistakes or bad design decisions when creating the new signed update system then in theory it could be nearly impossible to break in barring any new advances in cryptography or quantum computing. For a product like the Kindle, it just isn't worth the time necessary to audit the code to this level especially since it is a fairly complex device.

That said, Apple and the various phone manufacturers have much more to lose from the ability for people to break into their devices and they've not been successful in preventing that from happening so far...
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Amazon's aggressive anti-jailbreaking counter-measures (with each major firmware update) is growing a little tiresome. Why try so hard to prevent someone from voiding their warranty?

Looks like I'll be sticking with my K2 for as long as I can.
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Amazon's aggressive anti-jailbreaking counter-measures (with each major firmware update) is growing a little tiresome. Why try so hard to prevent someone from voiding their warranty?
Its a support nightmare if Amazon allow it as they've no idea what you've done to your Kindle. If a later update breaks the Kindle because of the changes then people will blame Amazon even if it isn't their fault.

You can't even guarantee that the Kindle owner knows its been hacked as a friend or family member may have done it for them and they won't know what was done.

I'm just saying that I understand why Amazon are doing it. I would of course prefer if they didn't though.
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I'm really hoping that someone comes up with a font hack--I want to replace the horrible Korean font!
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That is the something I don't understand about Amazon, Sony, and the other reader manufacturers. The most often requested feature seems to be more font choices. It wouldn't be that difficult for these companies to design readers with a font folder and the ability to load more fonts. Yet they are unwilling to do this! It also would not be difficult for Amazon to allow us to add/delete screen images, or for that fact just toggle them OFF.

It still strikes me as odd that ebook reading software designed a decade ago for PDAs had more user formatting controls than any dedicated ebook reader I've owned has ever had!

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That is the something I don't understand about Amazon, Sony, and the other reader manufacturers. The most often requested feature seems to be more font choices. It wouldn't be that difficult for these companies to design readers with a font folder and the ability to load more fonts. Yet they are unwilling to do this! It also would not be difficult for Amazon to allow us to add/delete screen images, or for that fact just toggle them OFF.
Yeah. The majority of the hacks people want do seem to be fairly simple for Amazon to implement and it would mean a better Kindle for everybody. Adding in system of alternative user provided fonts and a way of changing the screensavers would probably cover most people. They just need to provide the basic changing mechanism for the fonts. The community itself could create the fonts.
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