Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Friend: So, do you want to take my iPod home and listen to it?
Me: You don't wanna listen to it?
Friend: No, I have my phone if I really need some music, just take it home
I didn't really want to take it initially, then I thought of something I wanted to try out, which was basically check out how well RockBox works on an iPod
Me: Ok, am I allowed to experiment with it?
Friend: Experiment? What do you want to do with it
He looked skeptical at this point, and was positively scared for his device
Me: nothing much, I just want to install an open source firmware for the device
Friend: What are you saying, what is Firmware
At this point I wondered how to explain the concept of "firmware" to someone who does not know much about technology
Me: It's like an operating system, it replaces whatever... ummm.... software is there on the device.
Friend: I am not understanding you, this is a bit too complex for me
Me: don't worry about it, nothing will happen to your device, it will just run a different interface and player
Friend: what are the advantages of this?
Me: well there are loads, you can use your device as a USB drive for starters... no DRM protection
Friend: Will I get infinite storage space on the USB drive?
Me: know, (wtf???) only as much as the device has. How much storage is there?
Friend: * Gb
Me: so you will get 8GB minus what the firmware takes up I guess
Me: there are other advantages as well,
Friend: how will you install it?
Me: what iPod do you have? mini, nano...
Friend looks really really bewildered at this point
Me:... or classic?
Friend: It's a Philips Go Gear
I just look at him like I will kill him with my eyeballs
Friend: It's my pod dude, like.... my multimedia pod...
I guess everyone just wants to call their PMP a pod. What shit. FFFUUUU apple.
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3000 BC Man dreams of symbols for things, does not know what to put it down on. Uses mud, scratches on trees, etches in stone etc
2000 BC Alphabets evolve
1000 BC Writing is widespread, on papyrus, leaves, silk, bamboo, clay...
500 BC Copying a book helped everyone, including the author.
100 BC The first bibliophiles emerge, along with the first libraries
100 The Chinese invent paper
300 The keeper of the Library of Alexandria receives strange books from many parts of the world. Most of them are copied out onto parchment, and the original volumes are either returned or kept in a smaller tome. A time traveler just passing through all the wonders of the ancient world brings him a package, to give to the librarian. The keeper of the Library looks at the future of books. After the time traveler leaves, he burns the Library down.
700 The Arabs bind together the first books, and become the first to sell them in markets.
900 Anything worth writing down was worth fighting over.
1100 Around the world, people start printing using blocks of wood or other similar material.
1436 Gutenberg bridges the divide between creating intricately crafted blocks of metal, and a thousand words on a single page.
1886 The Berne Convention introduces the world to the concept of Copyright
2007 Amazon debuts the Kindle
xxxx A time traveler picks up a kindle on his backwards trip through history, to donate to a library that dedicatedly collected every book in existence.
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