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Saturday, January 29th, 2011

The problem I have with birthday and Christmas presents is that everything I want is really expensive; stuff I would never expect anyone to actually get me.

This year I was looking to get a new lens for my camera. The kit lens that came with it takes very good pics, but I want something that'll take pics in a dark room. After Christmas this year I finally saved up enough money and ordered a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. I was unimpressed; the 18-55mm kit lens I already had took better pictures. Not only that, but the autofocus missed on far too many pictures.

So I returned the lens and looked around for some other gadget to waste my money on. I decided on a NookColor, the e-reader/tablet from Barnes and Noble.

In typical warranty-voiding fashion, I had to "root" it (install a custom firmware) to turn it into a full-blown Android tablet. Out fo the box, B&N's software is a little restrictive. They only let you run and install certain apps and generally cripple it into just an e-reader. Rooting it allowed me to not only read ebooks, but install any app from the Android Market. I was jealous of Rachelle playing Angry Birds on her Droid, now I can play it on a 7" screen.

Rooted nook color running angry birds

I'm still learning how to do things on it and how to get around certain limitations, like the ability to save sideloaded books to the home screen. Why would anyone A) already have ebooks that they don't need to purchase from B&N and B) want to add them to the home screen for easy access? The nerve of some people. I think it's fantastic that I'm able to run the Kindle for Android app on it and read Kindle books too, oh the irony...

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