Every week we open up the tips box and highlight some handy reader tips and tricks. This week we’re looking at a no-fuss way to boot Android on your Nook Color, customizing your YouTube experience, and tracking laptop battery usage.
No Fuss Android Booting on the Nook Color
Stewart writes in with a tip for those interested in turning their Nook Color into a full Android device:
I saw your post a few months ago regarding how you can turn a Nook Color into a true Android tablet. While I didn’t mind messing around with the guide and eventually creating my own bootable microSD card I figured some readers might be interested to hear about Nook2Android. It’s a website that sells microSD cards already set up. All you have to do it buy it, pop it in your Nook, and boom, you’ve got an Android tablet. They cost $35 which is like a 60% markup over a blank 8GB microSD card but if you don’t want to much around making your own and you do want to play with your Nook like it’s a full on tablet, it’s worth it.
Thanks Stewart! We’re big fans of geeking out and DIYing but if you’re looking for an instant fix without mucking about with your Nook it looks like a good solution.
YouTube Options for Google Chrome Makes Customization Easy
Eric writes in to rave about his favorite YouTube tool:
I love watching stuff on YouTube but increasingly the interface has gotten uglier and more cluttered… and don’t even get me started on all the ads everywhere. I started using YouTube Options for Chrome… it lets me hide ads, annoying annotations, disable auto-play (I don’t like being surprised when I click on a video), and make all sorts of layout tweaks (like hiding comments… because most YouTube comments are as dumb as you’d expect).
Ditching the comments and tweaking the interface is as good a reason as any to install the extension. Thanks for writing in.
Monitoring Your Windows Laptop Battery
Jerry writes in with an application tip for monitoring your Windows laptop battery usage:
Ever since I started keeping an eye on my Android battery life after reading your Android battery guide I’ve also been keeping tabs on my laptop. I use a program called BatteryInfoView. Some people might think it’s information overload but I really like using it to gather data about battery life. It tells you just about everything: the power state, the capacity, the rate of discharge, etc. You can really see how different activities and applications impact your battery life!
You weren’t kidding about the buffet of information supplies by the application. If you’re curious about the nitty-gritty details of battery consumption, however, it has you covered.
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Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 07/14/11