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Old 05-13-2008, 04:55 PM   #1
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Kindle for tech users?

I have noticed the Kindle being usually recommended for non-tech users, but just out of curiosity is there something about the Kindle that makes it not good for a technically inclined person. It just seems to me that the Kindle would be more easily hackable because it has so many features already built-in that could be modified by someone like Igorsk (qwerty keyboard, search feature, browser, etc.) But I am not a programmer or engineer so I do not know if there is something inherent in the Device that makes it not so amenable to mods by techies.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:01 PM   #2
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My baseline "techie" criteria is the availability of a screenshot utility. Only the Kindle and the iLiad have one. The developers of the Kindle software, lab126, are clearly techies and have designed a very clean interface to the device. Lab126 also added many more features (like the screenshot utility) than are exposed in the documentation, but so far I am not aware of any hacks to the actual software. One I would really like to see is a method to replace the default font.
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There are hacky techies and there are techies who just want the latest and greatest. I really don't see that much hacking potential on a Kindle, I think once someone starts hacking the wireless capabilities mother ship will cut the tether.
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I guess not just hacks but also mods and utilities. If you look at the Sony forum here it looks like there is a lot more activity even for the 505. Of course the Sony readers have been around longer. Maybe the Kindle is just a turnoff for techies. I hope not because like Wallcraft I would also love to have a method to change fonts like the Gen3.
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as the Kindle ages I'm sure we will see more mods come out


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I guess not just hacks but also mods and utilities. If you look at the Sony forum here it looks like there is a lot more activity even for the 505. Of course the Sony readers have been around longer. Maybe the Kindle is just a turnoff for techies. I hope not because like Wallcraft I would also love to have a method to change fonts like the Gen3.
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