June 13, 2002
The street finds uses for things...

1. MS builds an OK console box to make inroads into living room/gaming industry.
2. OK is not good enough in the world of consoles, not enough good games to make it worthwhile, poorly marketed and designed to MS standards, ie, middling.
3. Hackers decide to improve on the thing (does the XBox feel like a Dreamcast to anybody else? Not that I own one or anything..it just has that powerful/clunky way about it...) by extending its capabilities to places it should have gone or where its creators never imagined it could go.

I am asking this out of ignorance, but why doesn't this happen to Sony products? You just don't hear that many stories about somebody hacking a PS2 and making it more useful. Does good design have anything to do with this? Could it be, perhaps, that the beauty of the object itself or even the internal beauty of the construction of the machine, reflected in its case as well, somehow protects it from excessive tampering? An object slapped together begs to be torn apart...

Posted by tmonkey at June 13, 2002 02:49 AM
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but it does happen to sony products all the time -- as well to Palm, Nintendo, et al.

I remember when people were first porting MAME onto their Sony digital cameras, and it was hackers, not Palm, who first discovered that you could get greyscales on a monochrome handheld.

It happens to everything all the time, which is beautiful, the street, it's uses, all of it. Even Apple? Even Apple.

Posted by: kevin slavin on June 14, 2002 11:58 AM

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