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Old 03-25-2008, 11:23 AM   #1
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Most hackable e-Ink device?

I scanned the last couple of months of posts and no subjects jumped out at me. Hope I'm not posting a dupe.

If one is completely uninterested in the online services (my college and google give me all the PDFs and HTML I'll ever want to read), what is the eBook that most resembles a little computer with a cool screen?

It would have to act as a USB master, so one can use WiFi, Bluetooth and IR dongles, and their associated keyboards.

There seems to be a lot of work going on in the 505 forum, but Sony is not famous for being hack-friendly.

In short, is there anything that allows you access to the root prompt and has compiling tool available.

Sorry if this is demanding. I just found out about these recently and am unused to proprietary devices!
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:26 AM   #2
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The iRex iLiad is the only device which is as you describe. People have ported all sorts of different applications to it.

Wouldn't you be better off with a notebook running Linux, though, if programming is your main interest?
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:40 AM   #3
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Thanks. It's a pity. It's so damn expensive. I've been programming and reading a lot recently, and my eyes have really started to complain.

One interesting idea I came across was using a Librie connected to a USB-Master phone which acts as WiFi and Bluetooth modem.
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The iRex iLiad is the only device which is as you describe. People have ported all sorts of different applications to it.

Wouldn't you be better off with a notebook running Linux, though, if programming is your main interest?
Recently there has been quite a bit of effort in programming on the Hanlin devices. There is a open source Linux version nearly available and folks have added FB reader to the regular version. I would say it is the second most hackable device out there currently.

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Thanks Dale - I didn't know that. Useful to know!
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