Wired: Cheap PC Hacker Strikes Again

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

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


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