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Wired: Cheap PC Hacker Strikes Again

May 02, 2000, 10:49 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Oakes)

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"The Las Vegas engineer -- who created a cult hit when he discovered that a cable tweak would transform the $99 I-Opener Internet appliance into a fully operational PC -- has found a new target."

"Interest from the Linux community has again swarmed around Segler's manipulations, this time of an Internet appliance sold by computer retailer CompUSA."

"...The WebSurfer, listed as low as $59 by CompUSA, was even less expensive than the I-Opener, in part because the unit runs as a TV set-top box without its own display. As with the I-Opener, Segler discovered that the WebSurfer hardware could be modified to allow the connection of a hard disk by way of an internal expansion slot."

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