My latest creation has been a success. The Barnes and Noble Nook Color is a great tablet reader that was released by the book reseller in the Fall of 2010. Sadly Barnes and Noble limited it to only run their custom version of Android which meant that it wasn’t able to harness the full Android Market and Google core functions. That was until the rooting community got a hold of it and then it was off to the races!
Many flavors of Android ROM’s exist for the Nook Color but by far the most tried and true is the CyanogenMod Community’s work. I personally have run it for at least two versions on my HTC EVO and been pleased by its small footprint and full root and power. I saw significant speed improvements and capabilities. Once I got my wife her Nook Color it didn’t even last the night before it was rooted and immediately updated to the latest CyanogenMod.
I am going to do further benchmarking etc. and post my results here.
UPDATE: Also just got a Dell Streak 7 and it is running Honeycomb now (well before Dell releases it) and I am pretty happy with it.
I lost my blog in the transfer of webhosting companies and so sadly I am trying to once again rebuild. There will be more coming. The first thing I want to do though is replicate a post I made back in April of 2009 in reference to my views on technology. Proud to say that when you googled a certain phrase in there you would only ever find my blog. For continuity sake I figured I should put it back on the internet so everyone could see.
Below is a direct copy of my blogpost from April 22nd 2009, saved thanks to the internet archive.
I have always said the following quote and have referenced it to other people but I can’t find it anywhere. SOOO… I am going to put the quote down as my own!!
Technology is only technology to those that did not have it as children…
I have always related this quote to my maternal grandfather. He was an awesome Granddad but he had the funniest quirk where he would eat any and all food that was at the breakfast/lunch/dinner table. I never really understood why until I got older (till then I just thought it was an over eater). My granddad didn’t eat all the food cause he was a pig. He ate all the food because he did not want to waste it. Why was that an issue? He never had a fridge growing up. He never had the convenience of simply shoving food under plastic wrap or in tupperware and putting it in a cold box till later.
I find often that the generation of teachers I am working with in schools have the difficult time of adopting computer eduction because the same quote applies to them. Students in this generation are without a doubt the MOST connected ever (until the next one). Kids grow up with broadband internet, readily available computers, and more powerful cellular devices that offer computer like capability.
From twitter to facebook to blogs kids can be connected and creating digital content all the time. The generation of educators that are preparing that are often not ready to accept it because they have not had the ease of experience that their children have.