“Thall shalt mod or We void warranties.” The war cry of legitimate hackers. So many items now with user’s own changes to commercial items. Not only game consoles such as the Sony PS3 and the Microsoft Xbox360, but the Barnes and Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, the Zipit2, and a host of others are being modified for more capabilities. I pretty much did the same thing to the Cisco Linksys Nslu2 using someone else’s instructions. I guess it’s true, if you can not change, it you do not own it. You can easily search for the details on the net. For whatever reason, I choose not to post them.

Maybe all these projects will get American kids interested in science and or computers again. One audio interview I just listened to by John Cohn of IBM for TLLTS (The Linux Link Tech Show tllts.org) who was on the TV show “The Colony” really stresses that. MP3 Version Ogg version You can see video excerpts of the show at http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/colony-whats-hot.

Recommended books:
Home hacking projects for Geeks.
The Robot Builders Bonanza
Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks:
PC Electronics

Kits:
Electronic playground
Parallax stamp

Sites:
www.instructables.com
www.hackaday.com
www.makezine.com
www.hackedgadgets.com

One last thing… People need to be aware of open source as this pseudo dialog shows.

When Open Source Meets Closed Minds
Tech Support | California, USA

Caller: “I need to report a very serious computer crime! The local university is running an illegal computer system!”

Me: “Could you please repeat that?”

Caller: “The local university is running an illegal computer system! They’ve hacked it!”

Me: “How could you tell they’d hacked it?”

Caller: “Well, when it booted, it didn’t say Windows or Microsoft or anything! It said something about Deviant Linux, I think, and the main screen looked nothing like my good, legal Windows screen at home! I think they hacked that, too!”

Me: “Do you mean Debian Linux?”

Caller: “Yes, that! Is it some sort of computer mafia or something?”

Me: “Uh, no, it’s just a different operating system. Nothing to worry about.”

Caller: “But it’s illegal! It’s not Microsoft, not even Windows! They’re on a normal Microsoft computer, so they’re breaking the law! I think they stole my identity when I came in the building! I’m calling the FBI!” *hangs up*

(from http://notalwaysright.com/when-open-source-meets-closed-minds/3305)

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