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My 24 year old HP Jornada can do things an iPhone still can’t do

Source: Hacker News

Article note: The little computers of yesteryear that you controlled instead of the other way around were so pleasing and optimistic. iPhones and Android devices are technically Unix underneath but you really have to go out of your way to run your own software or even see the filesystem. The Nokia Maemo devices (I miss you n810!) and Sharp Zaruses and hacked HPs and such that were empowering in the hands of sophisticated users instead of coercive in the hands of the mass market are a vision that didn't go great, but I'd like back. Yes, there are occasional devices like those fxtec, planet, and cosmo phones, and software workarounds like sideloading termux, but they are painfully swimming upstream.
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