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Jailbreak old iPod - Convert to hand held computer

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Swami Nikhilaananda said:
"An Apple a day will definitely make me bankrupt"

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I have an old iPod - 2nd Generation 8 GB one lying around. With the rapid rate at which technology becomes obsolete, I often wonder if investing money into buying gadgets really makes sense. Apple promptly stopped support for the older generations of devices, with no software updates beyond 4.2.1 and none of the newer apps work on my device either. Which means, I have to be happy with whatever apps I had installed. It suddenly went from a savvy gadget to ordinary music player - something that phones do as well.

I also have a Raspberry Pi and I thought - it would be really cool if I can somehow make my iPod a screen for the Raspberry Pi - Act as a monitor. That'll give me a small computer of sorts. My first thought was to run a VNC server on the Pi and a VNC player on the iPod because I was looking for a GUI. Ho…

The Rama Krishna Paradigms

Swami Gulagulaananda said:
"The moral fabric is netted, the sizes of holes not constant"

Let me start off by saying that the attitude in this post is intentionally cynical

As kids, we are taught a series of moral lessons - "Don't hurt others", "Don't steal from others"... and as we grow up "Don't covet others' wives" and so on. As children, we are taught to take these statements as truths, we don't question them, we simply accept them. The reason being that we don't have the maturity and experience to validate them. So we accept them, and we follow them.

As we grow up, we gain both experience and maturity. At this point, we can begin to validate our lessons and accordingly strengthen those that matched with reality and discard those that didn't. AI junkies will consider this as strengthening of synapses and those who've read 'I'm OK, You're OK' will relate this with the PAC model.

This is however t…