glitch25: (Default)
While the Nook HD+ with stock OS has been good so far, and I mostly do use my Nook for reading and light browsing, I've also run into lots of limitations and pickiness about games and other apps. Soo.. now that it has been a good while since I bought it, it is time to pervert the poor thing and make it run what I want it to run.

There are a few OS options available. I'm going to see what the experience is like. I'll back up the stock OS in case I decide to return to the realm of B&N. I don't use B&N content very much, so unless performance is a bear or features of the tablet are broken with the alternate OS, I suspect I'll stick to it.

Ultimately, I plan to upgrade to a full 10.1 Android tablet. I still eyeball the Asus Transformer Infinity. It isn't new anymore, but it is a pretty solid rocking 10.1, and refurbs are very nicely priced.

In the meantime, we'll see how this little experiment goes. I'm hopeful. :-)
glitch25: (Default)
AS I had mentioned a while back, I picked up a Barnes and Noble Nook Color, and I have been pretty happy with it so far.

While it as a reader unto itself is a nice thing, having put a fully unrestricted android operating system on it (or better stated, next to it), has made it a very nice thing indeed.

It only has wifi, so generally, the connectivity could be limited, but my phone can create a wifi hotspot, so wherever my phone has data, my tablet can too. I installed an overclock kernel into the Cyanogenmod image, and now I can pump it up to a respectable 1.1Ghz. It isn't the fastest thing out there, but it will do all I need and play the games I like to play without any lag. It runs flash! It plays video well, and I was able to get the new Netflix app installed and running after a minor but fixable glitch.

I still predominately use it for reading (I am working through Deathly Hollows again, and going to start on what will be my first Star Trek novel ever!) But I also use it to browse a bit, and have handy access to things I would otherwise have to lug out the laptop for. If I'm writing a lot, I still opt for the laptop, but the on-screen keyboard is pretty good, and I'm getting fairly proficient with it.

Definitely something to consider if you want to play around with a lower end, but reasonably functional tablet and take advantage of what B&N gives you.
glitch25: (movies)
Interesting...

Netflix recently released the app for selected Android phones. I say selected since the app is rumored to only work on certain model phones, and that they will slowly release to more (doing testing now, I guess).

So on my MyTouch4g, which is rooted and ROM'd, I figured I might get left out if it is too specific about what the app looks for when it goes to authorize the test.

Interestingly enough, the folks over at xda-developers discovered exactly what it looks for, and offered options to tweak your rooted phone to trick the app into running.

I tried working through some of those, but for some reason was running into an issue getting my file system remounted as read/write so I could update the necessary configuration file. Found a possible way to fix it, but opted to hold off for the moment since it is terminal commands on a tiny phone screen. Needed to be better focused. But I downloaded the .APK file and installed it, and for the hell of it, picked something out of my queue and started it to play.

Worked perfectly. No changes necessary (beyond, perhaps, that I was running a rooted phone already).

So now I'm confused. But grateful too.

Time to test that T-Mobile bandwidth cap...
glitch25: (frederick the literate)
Yanno.. if I'd just read paper books, I wouldn't have to worry about any of this... :-)

As much as I have appreciated having my netbook for various things, reading in bed in lieu of a dedicated e-reader has not been very good. Aside from the weight, it is just not very comfortable to use a laptop of any size to read books. However, since unitasking E-readers won't do it for me, and my tablet of choice hasn't hit the mainstream yet (See Notion Ink's ADAM), I'm back to other methods.

Since reading on a small screen has never been an issue for me, my Android-based phone has been pretty nice. I buy most of my books from Barnes and Noble in Nook form, and use various scripts to decrypt them so I can read them on other readers.

Since my primary OS is linux, I like using a program called Calibre to manage my ebooks, and the included E-reader is really nice. It also supports e-reading devices including SD card storage on an Android phone, so I can sync up books like I would any other e-reader.

Now on Android, I was recently using a reader called Aldiko, but was getting frustrated that the reader takes up the whole screen and doesn't let you see your status bar. It doesn't have a readily available way to know where you are percentage wise in the book, and it lacks flexibility for page turning control. Ultimately, it just lacks polish, and I went hunting for something else. Last night I stumbled on Moon+ Reader which offers a lot more flexibility. Both Aldiko and Moon+ Reader offer a wonderful relationship saver called night and day mode. Basically night mode inverts the color scheme from what is the default black text on white background to white text on black background. Since on a page of text, the background covers more pixel area than the actual text, by inverting it, the device emits significantly less light, but does not impact the readability. It also means that it lessens the impact on the battery usage. So now, I get to read, and the bed-mate doesn't stay up staring at the beacon of light from my side of the bed.

So far I'm pleased with Moon+, and six chapters into my latest book, I'm enjoying it.

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