Custom Firmware Rocks! How to Hack Gadgets with New Software

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michaelmd

sorry .. posted twice accidently .. no delete option!

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michaelmd

I'm simply not going to buy one of those pricey mp3 players.

I'd like to see what could be done with those cheap (under $40) no-brand mp3 players!

its not so interesting if it only works on pricey ipods!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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nsk chaos

forgetting the 360 =)

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putinlrp

We jest, but only partially. For the danger of running third-party firmware--safe as many of the packages can seem to be--is that you could render your device of choice unusable. It happens to "real" firmware upgrades; it can happen to "unofficial" firmware upgrades as well, only I venture that you'll probably find more problems in the latter scenario than with a manufacturer's tried-and-tested update. But still, the benefits can often outweigh the risks, especially if you're looking to extend your legacy devices with additional features.

http://www.softwarefreedown.com

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yr

sorry, duplicate.

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yr

I like the idea of Rockbox, and hope that it has few the features that my MP3 player lacks.

----   BUT  ----

What if I want to revert b ack to the MFR firmware. Will it work properly with the MFR program? Do I need to use Rockbox?

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arch-chancellor

I am assuming that the editors and engineers would have tested out all these hacks. Not just warn us that this "...can be a anxiety-inducing process..."

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TheMurph

The reference is more to the fact that flashing a motherboard with "unofficial" firmware would likely cause stress in an individual the first time he or she goes to do it.  That's all!

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freak720

It's articles like these that keep me comming back constantly.

 keep 'em comming!

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I Jedi

It's visiting other sites and searching the World Wide Web that keeps me coming back and wondering why they're so late to report a lot of breaking IT news. No offense intended MxPC. Great magazine, just late on the time to post some articles online.

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TheMurph

Um, this is a roundup of open-source firmware.  There's nothing "late" about giving readers a single point of reference for a number of neat hacks they can try out.

Seriously.

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I Jedi

Actually, I agree with you there to a point. The fact of the matter being, though, is that you guys seem to be late on reporting important things that go down. This is not to say all the time, but I've definitely noticed it and not too long ago another member here pointed this out as well. Admitably, I used what the above poster said above to sprout what I've said; looking for an excuse. However, I'm not here to bash on you guy's, just pointing out something that I've really noticed and wonder why that is with only a few ideas in mind.

Still, you guy's are more magazine oriented and focus your attentions on that, so I can completely see why it does seem to take you guys a bit longer to report on some news. As you're hard at work making a better magazine than PC World, in my opinion. Does any of this matter? No. Does it change anything? Most definitely note. Are you right about this article not being late? Of course. And again, I just used what that commenter said as an excuse to say what I had to. Now the bashing may begin again.

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TheMurph

"As you're hard at work making a better magazine than PC World, in my opinion."

...ouch.  :'(

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bcweir

I don't believe I, Jedi has a clue what goes into the making of Maximum PC such an awesome magazine.

I for one understand that this article is just a round up.  I understand it's not the primary mission of your magazine to issue "breaking news" on underground hacking.  I think the rest of us understand that the focus of Maximum PC is to tell us the straight scoop on personal computing and consumer electronics products.

There's already a great "hacking" publication called 2600.  It's been in circulation since 1984.  If you want "breaking news" on the hacking community, that's the place to be.  MaximumPC's article on hacking consumer electronics is perfectly timely and informative for the rest of us.  I Jedi seems to be the only one sweating the fact that you're Maximum PC and not the monthly edition of 2600.

Perhaps I Jedi overlooked it in his rant over your missing his arbitrary deadline.

 

 

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scythe123100

If anyone new how to turn a pantouch digital photo frame into a second monitor, that would be awesome. still, I've googled this multiple times and dont believe it possible. I put the challenge out to all the dedicated Maximum PC readers to make this a reality. also, I believe it's possible to flash android onto a  nokia tablet. (not sure about the model). I put RockBox on my 2cnd generation Ipod, which is 20 GB and about an inch thick and weighs in at around 2 pounds. I like to joke that it's the only ipod classified as a lethal bludgeoning weapon. now I finally have a new use for it, since there is a lack of zune support on RockBox.

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