Re: Hacking Into Notetakers

Angelo Sonnesso

There might be a possibility with the Levelstar notetaker since it is based on Linux

73 N2DYN Angelo

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From: <> On Behalf Of Mohamed
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2019 5:02 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Hacking Into Notetakers

The upgrades are password protected as well.

On 1/24/2019 5:00 AM, Mohamed via Groups.Io wrote:
I think Hims products have the same issue for the most part. I
remember a hack to get in and access the system files from within the
unit, but I I can't quite recall the details. Something like typing
/flashdisk/../ in the address bar, but even then I think you encounter
the same issue.

On 1/24/2019 4:35 AM, George Zaynoun wrote:
What about Hims products?
Original message:

Unfortunately, even if you do get access to the unit's files from
within the unit itself, and you can, you just have to know where to
look, the notetakers I've tested do not allow you to copy most
system files. You'd need to extract them from an image, such as a
software update. The Apex, for example, seems to have its ROM stored
in a file called everest_kernel.bex, located in the HWI, though I've
never figured out how to extract it. As far as I know you'd need to
extract the files from a working unit.

On 1/23/2019 11:56 AM, Joseph Lee wrote:

No, it might not be possible unless you’re willing to capture ROM
images by opening up the notetaker casing or a hex dumper. The
reason why you won’t see the “other disk” you speak of is because
that “system disk” is not really a disk at all – it is a ROM image.
In Windows CE, the “Windows” directory that resides in that “system
disk” is really an instruction for the operating system to access
the ROM image (does this sound familiar? I talked about ROM images a
lot back in the old days).
If you’d like to have an emulated ROM image for these notetakers,
this might not be the venue for it – you should really contact
HumanWare and/or HIMS if you pursue such activities, as they’re the
ones who can give you an authoritative answer (although I was once
considered a notetaker expert, I’m not an authority on ROM image
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Of Jack And Becky
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:02 AM
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Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Hacking Into Notetakers
I am with you guys Totally on this one! Love to see these things get
a new lease on life so to speak !! Jack and Bex
On Jan 23, 2019, at 9:26 AM, Josh Kennedy <
<>> wrote:
this would be excellent. It would be nice to be able to preserve old
notetakers such as the brailleNote classic by making a complete
image of its storeage drive and OS and software and firmware
including its text to speech, and then run it inside an emulator in
windows 10.

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