Cheap. Hackable. Useful?
January 4, 2010 11:49 AM Subscribe
What neato-burrito (but most of all cheapo) electronic gadget can satisfy my tinkering lust?
posted by Willie0248 to technology (15 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a guy who likes to take a gadget and make the most of it, especially if you weren't intended to make much of it in the first place. For instance, back in my grad school days I enjoyed putting XBMC on an xbox and fiddling with its ever-expanding list of cool features. Last year someone gave me their old AT&T 8125 (HTC Wizard) smart phone and I did all sorts of firmware hackings and wackings for months on the thing and ended up with a pretty swank device. I went nuts over the C64 DTV hacks that popped up a few years ago.
Now I'm all out of stuff to play with and I come to you with hat in hand, Hive Mind. I'm looking for something that can be procured for minimal scratch and has extensive unofficial extensibility, preferably with a good community built around it. I don't mind getting my hand dirty with soldering and coding as long as it's easy enough for a dope like me. The age of the thing doesn't matter too much either if it's fun and can keep me occupied for a while!
So what do you think? Do you have an old PDA you turned into a Kindle? Is your 386 now watering your plants? Is your digital picture frame now a Gameboy? Let me know what you got!