Yes, it’s only been a day since I rooted (and three days since I bought) my nook color to act as a full-featured Android tablet, but I definitely have a greater appreciation for tablets than I did 24 hours ago.
I still don’t think that tablets are poised to replace PCs yet, but for many people, they’ll handle most of their common needs, such as web browsing and email.
I’ll admit, that I’m pleasantly surprised, usually the first thing I do when I get home is set my Macbook on the coffee table so that I have ready access to email, the web, facebook, twitter, etc. Last night I only pulled the laptop out just before I went to bed, and really, I didn’t even need to do that, except to charge the nook. Granted the battery on the nook can’t match the iPad’s, but it only comes up a couple hours short.
I have to say that I really like the nook’s size more than I thought I would as well, it’s not too big, not too small, and I think if Apple released a similar sized 7″ iPad for around 300-350, they would completely own the tablet market. Steve Jobs however has declared that form factor to be “dead on arrival”.
A couple people have asked about my netbook, and whether or not the tablet replaces it. The short answer (for now), is “I don’t think so”. Because the netbook runs full-fledged copies of Windows 7 Ultimate and Mac OS X 10.6.x, they also run more powerful applications, and I can dump SD card from my camera onto it and keep shooting. Right now neither of those options are available with the tablet.
So the breakdown is like this:
Macbook Pro – Great for everything, powerful, and while obviously portable, it’s not the most compact option. And there are places that carrying a 1500+ laptop isn’t always the smartest idea.
Netbook: Compact, good battery life, runs full desktop operating systems and applications. Out of the box though, most only have 1GB of RAM, which along with the Atom processors puts a crimp on processing power and speed.
Nook color tablet: Great form factor, $250 cost is accessible for more people than full size laptops and some netbooks. Beautiful screen, has limited android app support.
Rooted Nook color: Take everything above, now add a full Android OS with support for pretty much all Android applications that are available from the Android app store. If you have an Android phone, take away the camera and cell phone service and add a screen that’s probably about 3 times as large and you have a pretty good idea of what this thing is like. This was also by far the easiest hck I’ve ever done; download a couple of files, use Terminal to write them to the microSD card, insert the card into the nook, and done.
Expect more posts like this as I play around over time, but like I said, I’m far more impressed than I expected to be.
For some reason, this just seems like what Summer should be.
When I was young, probably 5 or 6, the family went on a cruise: Jon, Mom, Jonathan (who was still an infant) and myself. These are a couple of things I remember:
At the stern of the ship at night, my parents drank a toast, tossed the glasses overboard and made a comment about Jaws. I remember being scared that some giant shark was going to eat the ship.
We were in the casino playing slots (by which I mean they were dropping coins and I was pulling the lever). Somehow Jonathan fell and had a horrific nosebleed that required us to see the ship’s doctor.
The ship stopped in Nassau, I picked up a conch shell as a souvenir, the only other souvenir I remember was a sculpture/figurine my mom bought. It was a mother whale and calf, made or porcelain and suspended above a driftwood base.
I have 3 really big fears in my life:
1. Growing old alone.
2. Losing my memory. I mean amnesia, Alzheimer’s, that sort of thing.
3. Not having done something to make the world a better place before I die.
Now, number 1 is one of those things that I still hold hope won’t actually happen, but let’s face it, I only have control of 50% of the possibility. On the other hand, I am happy that I haven’t married someone, and then subsequently divorced them; not so much because of any “sanctity of marriage” crap but because I really hate disappointing people. I mean it sucks to break up with someone you’re dating, I honestly can’t imagine what a divorce would be like.
Number 3, that I may not ever know. Hopefully I will, I mean I’d like to thing that I could be an idiot savant and discover where missing socks go or something. At any rate, it’s a long-term goal; a work in progress.
Number two, now that’s one that I can actively work to fight. I’m not talking about eating fish or something, which while is tasty and full of nutritional stuff, would get old pretty quick. Not to mention, I really don’t need my apartment constantly smelling like grilled salmon.
No, what’s decided to do, is use my neglected blog not solely as a repository of my day-to-day life, but also as a record of my life past.
I occassionally remember stuff from years ago, sometimes intentionally, and sometimes just randomly. Now, instead of simply letting them drift off to Never-Never Land, I’m going to post them here, along with location and date (a best as I can remember).
Hopefully I’ll be able to use it as extra brain-space and lessen what I no longer remember.
So if you’re inclined, come along for the ride, and if you’re not careful, you might learn something before it’s done. So let’s get ready, eh?