April 10th, 2010
It’s shiny thing day again!
With my tax refund burning a hole in my pocket, I couldn’t resist buying one of these. It’s a 7″ tablet which triple-boots Android, Ubuntu and Windows CE. All for less than the cost of my Sony reader.
If you read reviews of this thing, they’re fairly negative, based on the fact it’s a crazy-ass hackjob thrown together in the back streets of China, with odd hardware and more quirks than you can shake a stick at, that doesn’t know what the hell OS it wants to run when it grows up. It in absolutely no way resembles a smooth, polished product.
Anyone who’s ever paid any attention to this blog should already have figured out that’s why I bought it. =) Crazy hack job which requires forum-researched tweaks, firmware flashes and Linux knowledge to do anything useful with? Sounds right up my street.
If the thing actually turns out to be practically useful it’s great, but if not, hey, I’ll probably have $250 worth of what I consider ‘fun’ before I send it off to someone as Fedora ARM research material. It’s win-win, baby.
Good thing I figured out how to un-DRM my ebooks…