The Rebel

The Rebel

Proprietary tech? Closed systems? Products tied in to online services? Tech support? It's all just another way for The Man to keep you down. Stuff Windows 7 and forget OS X; it's open source or nothing for our 21st Century Tech Guerrilla. You don't want an operating system you can just install; you want one you can spend hours configuring until it does exactly what you want it to. And you have absolutely zero patience for anyone who complains that this stuff isn't always as easy as it should be. In your mind, a little tinkering to get things working is just part of the fun (and damn you, Ubuntu, for making Linux easy enough for anyone to use).

It's the same with mobile tech. You don't want an iPhone, with Apple telling you what apps you can download and when. You want to go Android all the way, and install what you want when you want, preferably gratis. iPod? No thank you. You want something that will play any audio and video format going, because OGG and FLAC are better than AAC and MP3, and because DRM is just The Man keeping you down, right? Oh, and because all the tracks, movies and shows you torrented last week won't play either. Get something that will play every dodgy Russian torrent going. Yeah - that's sticking it to The Man.

Android will be the Rebel's mobile platform of choice

For the Rebel, every gadget they own needs to demonstrate that people-powered, open-source software can do things better than proprietary tech. The HTC Hero or T-Mobile Pulse phones are perfect; both run Android, and the latter is available without a contract to tie you down.

A solid and affordable notebook is what the Rebel wants, as long as Windows or Mac OS aren't part of the package

If the Rebel is packing a netbook or notebook, you can be sure that it will be something affordable but technically sound, like the Dell Studio 1555, Toshiba NB200-10Z or Samsung Q320, and that any brand of Windows pre-installed will have long been jettisoned in favour of Debian, Slackware or some other, preferably tricky form of Linux.

Extensive format support and Android pre-loaded - the Archos 5 is the perfect PMP

The obsession extends to entertainment. The updated Archos 5 Internet Tablet runs Android and looks perfect for movies, music and the odd spot of casual Web browsing. Cowon has a long history of Linux support, and its iAudio S9 and D2+ PMPs are well known for their excellent video and audio format support. Your Rebel will have them fully loaded with OGG and uncompressed FLAC files, and be listening through a pair of Soundmagic PL50s.

Anything affordable that isn't white please

You see, they're paying for performance, not the brand. And while some Rebels can't resist a cracked PSP for a spot of mobile gaming, some will have adopted such esoteric handhelds as the GP2X Wiz or Pandora. Sure, you can't run Gran Turismo or Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, but who cares when there's all that emulated goodness to be enjoyed?

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