New Scientist reports that a German teen,Nils Schneider, has managed to get Linux working on his iPod by using sound.
Herr Schneidersays Bernard Leach, a UK software engineer who helped set up the so-called iPod Linux project, worked out how to control the piezoelectric component within the iPod, which clicks when you load songs.
Schneider played the bootloader code, which lets the iPod start up, as sound. He then recorded the sounds onto another PC, which was programmed to turn the sounds into code.
Here's my favorite quote."It changes the iPod from a consumer device, where the manufacturer sets the rules about what it will and won't do, into a general purpose device," a computer. (Emphasis mine.)
So, what of Herr Schneider? Give him a medal, or throw him in gaol? Let us know in TalkBack. And thanks to Addict3d for the link.