Thursday, January 3, 2008

Amazon Kindle Hacking

Turns out the Amazon Kindle runs Linux. A developer named Igor Skochinsky figured out how to get root shell access and has uncovered a number of interesting hidden features.

A good summary can be read in this posting.

It includes:

a basic photo viewer, a minesweeper game, and most interesting, location technology that uses the Kindle's CDMA networking to pinpoint its position. There also are some basic location-based services that call up a Google Maps view to show where you are and nearby gas stations and restaurants

Igor has three posting describes how and what he did here:
Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

very cool.

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