I have to admit to an act of proper disrespect. I have been staring at a Lifehacker article [Link] for a couple of weeks and finally, this week, I stopped at the southron Barn and Ignoble in Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill – no such facility in Marshall county, which is probably why the county is named for the old reactionary – and purchased one of their Nook Simple Touch eReaders.
I have to admit that this was less a matter of “screwing up my courage” as it was the skittery anticipation of deep pain over how much extra cash I was going to outflow to the Alibam Dermatologist and to the conscript moneygrabbers of Huntsville. But having gotten beyond a n almost 0.2 increase in cost I went ahead and acquired the beast. Then I came home, downloaded the rooter, and ran afoul of Lifehacker’s OS hubris.
Usually, not always, Lifehacker is good about telling you which OS they are talking for and about. When they do fail it is because they are talking for and about WINDERS and they fail by assuming that is all there is and everyone knows this. So I spent a half-day figuring out how which pieces of code to gather to perform the instructions written for WINDERS. This is less fun than it seems since people who write WINDERS instructions write about menu actions in prescribed programs while people who write Apple OS and Linux instructions write about operations. So not only did I have to reverse engineer menu instructions into operations, I had to figure out which clients to perform the operations with. I am a bit embarrassed to mention that second part since it is about 0.01 of the total. Finding clients to do something in Linux is either dead simple or impossible (doesn’t exist.) Happily the latter almost doesn’t exist itself. Linux is so client rich it makes WINDERS look like the Sahara and Linux clients are coder intuitive almost always so have shorter learning time and less learning effort than WINDERS clients.
And no fracking RIBBONS!
So I registered my Nook Simple Touch and did all the rigmarole required except for almost losing it and reducing the slab to shards because it wouldn’t take my gmail password. I finally managed to get it to synch manually despite totally inaccurate internal directions. Once more we have a case of the folks who write the messages not knowing what the menu tree looks like. (Not that there is a manual for the thing that I can find.) But I began to understand why Android isn’t considered to be Linux. It technically is Linux but all the worthwhile useful extras that volunteers put in have been excised by Gooey for the sake of increasing the bottom ledger line.
Then I rooted the thing and the menu nonsense went through a catastrophe cusp into La Brea tarpitland. I have to admit being remiss because I haven’t struggled with a tablet before for anything like this depth or duration. And it is an even greater crushing disappointment than UNITY!
I should also mention that all this was punctuated by three charging sessions for the NST because all of this involved a lot of on/off operations – they really saved at LOT of MONEY on that crap switch! – and inserting/extracting micro SD cards. Add in two restore operations to factory state and this project has cost me something like 24 hours of my time. This is the true cheat! These slabs are expensive in how they waste time. If this is a tool then my microwave is a computer controled optical lithography foundry.
Having said that however, the $150 (NST + microSD + TAXES!) is a goodness. It does what I want which is let me read eBooks – when the Yankee government gets the price down to where it should be – and do PDA-ish things. I don’t really want to play games on this thing unless EMPIRE or PERFECT GENERAL are available? I just want to read/send email and do calendering away from Castellum SCP.
And the time and cost were worth it from the satisfaction of beating the thing into submission despite the stercus instructions and the sulfurous slime mold that is Android. Will make me very happy when I can buy a LINUX! tablet.
I am also happy with a display of proper disrespect for both Amazing and Barn and Ignoble. The former is the stronger, because I didn’t pick one of your stercus eReaders to hack. I had been warned and I can now affirm that B&N builds better eReaders than Amazing. But it is also a disrespect for B&N to pull out an increase in functionality that they could have done from scratch for no more cost. Both of them deserve any undercutting the Yankee government does to their bottom line when they whack the eBook publishers for conspiracy and terrorism.