Posts Tagged ‘google’

Root Nook Tablet BNTV250A 1.4.2 8 GB to use Android Market Apps

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

No Android Market or Play Store or whatever it is that will let you to easily install Android Apps on your nook tablet? Don’t quit just yet!

First things first, I used jichuan89′s boot image and mostly relied on his instructions at xda forums. Try this first and then if it fails with the same symptoms, try what I did below.

That said, I ran into some quirks with the script not installing properly which left me with no Google Android Market or no Play Store (it now shows up as market for me, but some have reported play store).

Failed attempt: Following jichuan89′s instructions, the brown box logo appeared. followed by the “read forever” nook splash screen. All seemed well until the nook continued to boot instead of hanging on the “read forever” screen which, according to the instructions, is where it should be writing root files to the system and adding the Android Market app. As this did not happen, I had no app.

Why you might be doing it wrong: I’m using an 8GB SanDisk microSDHC card and I am doing this while it is in the nook. Most people would use an SD card reader, but I don’t have one of those and I did not want to leave home since the weather is too nice outside. Either the nook did something to the SD card after I burned the image and unplugged the USB cable (it indicated it was interacting with the SD card) or the SDHC format was somehow a problem. Either way, it did not work.

Let’s try another approach: Either way, I only had one idea. Plug USB cable into nook. On your linux terminal, use dmesg and you should see your SD card and its partitions at the bottom. For me it was SDE and SDE1. You may have something else, so replace SDE in the example with whatever you have.

-Erase everything on the SD card using fdisk. fdisk /dev/sde then enter d and press return (aka the enter key) then enter 1 for partition 1 and then use d again and select 2.

Instead of trying to format via fdisk, let’s let the nook do that since it will love its own formatting, I’m sure! (I had a sneaking, yet unconfirmed suspicion that the nook wrote *something* to the SD card the first time which interfered with the boot image).

-Unmount the nook and sd card, push the n button on your nook -> settings -> Device Info -> SD Card -> Unmount SD Card.

-Now you should be able to -> Erase SD Card. It should automatically format or if not, remove the SD Card and put it back in. Let the nook format the card and insert the USB cable once more.

-Start at step 3 of jichuan89′s and burn the image the the SD Card once more. In my case it was sudo umount /dev/ followed by sudo dd if=jichuan89_nook_root_sd.img of=/dev/sde bs=1M (Replace sde with the appropriate device name for your SD Card)

-Important! Once the image it burned, don’t bother “ejecting” the SD Card. Just remove the SD Card and then eject the nook before removing the USB cable. Power down the nook. (This may be what interfered last time. After unplugging the USB cable the nook seemed to write to the SD card which it thought was blank).

-With the power still off, insert the nook formatted SD cart with the image file burned and plug the USB in once more. It should boot, display the brown box icon then go to the “read forever” splash screen where it will hang. Wait at least 2 minutes so that it has time to copy the system files over to your nook. Hold the power down until it turns off.

-Still powered off, remove the SD card and power on again. I immediately got a prompt asking if I wanted Google to store my location or something, to which I declined, but this is a good indication that everything went well.

-To confirm, push the n on the nook -> Search. You should now see a Google search bar at the top. Tap the blue “g” icon to select “Apps” and search for “Market”. For me it was “Market” at first, but updated itself to the “Play Store” version instead so look for that if the former is missing. Tap Market/Play Store and it will load.

-Market hung on the loading screen the first time, but I tapped the new back arrow icon at the bottom and opened it again. After that I synced it with my gmail account that I made just for the privilege of being able to access the Android Market and all it well so far.

-Install a new desktop app that will allow you to see your Android Apps (I used GoLauncher EX which works fine for me. Astro probably works just the same).

-I recommend Irssi Connectbot if you want to use irc on screen on a remote machine via ssh.

OK, enjoy!

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Hey Google, End SOPA!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

This idea comes from one of Green Pirate’s irc friends at on efnet.

21:02 <+[4Q]> [ActP_Internet] These 61 Senators are refusing to meet with their constituents before SOPA vote
21:04 <@Geui> Front Page of Google
21:05 <@Geui> Revolt revolt, KILL THEM ALL
21:05 <@Geui> Est. 275 million U.S. citizens see that

I imagine Google doesn’t want to use their massive influence in this way as it as it may become a slippery slope toward using it for other political opinions that the few people presiding over their home page may have. Most people probably don’t want to see that.

Please share this post to help get Google’s attention.

Perhaps they could instead make people aware that SOPA exists by having the Google logo link to the search term “sopa” and then let people decide for themselves. After all, it is in no way the fault of Google that old media has completely refrained from reporting on SOPA. If every search result happens to be explaining why SOPA is such a horrible idea, it’s all organic search results. When the fate of Google and every other site on the web depends on it, perhaps Google can join all of their peers who have taken action to raise awareness of SOPA, without doing it in a tactless manner.

What do you think, Google? Is this metaphorical eclipse of the internet not as important a current event as the actual lunar eclipse? How would you like to save the internet through a simple act of impartial education?

Apple vs Android – Patent Wars or Data Mining Gold Rush?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

In war, there are no winners.

Apple has called for a patent jihad on all Android devices. If Android devices were twin towers, Apple would gleefully fly a couple of 767s into them. After a victory against Samsung in Germany, recent claims against Motorola and a 2010 suit against HTC and now with HTC going on the offense, Apple is going to find itself tied up in legal suits against many of the leading developers of Android devices.

Apple’s Next Target: Motorola

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

This is pretty much just a recycled news post from as a follow up to the previous post about Apple’s recent victory over Samsung in their apparent quest to obtain a global tab PC monopoly.

Seeks – The New P2P Based Search Engine

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Telecomix, an internetional volunteer based agency for the privacy impaired, has published a brand new search engine! Seeks is an open-source p2p-based search engine with an emphasis on user privacy.