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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

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Replace Battery in the 1st Edition Barnes and Noble Nook

by Ben

If necessary, the battery can be replaced. A replacement battery must be of the following type:

Barnes & Noble Lithium Polymer battery
Model Number BNRB1530
Rating: 3.7V, 1530mAh, 5.66Wh

You will need a small Phillips head screw driver (size 0 or 00).

Source: NOOK 1st Edition – Replace Battery – Barnes and Noble

I recently picked up a 1st generation Nook for $20. I was a little weary of the age of the battery (6 or so years old?), but it turns out that this Nook is one of the few consumer electronics released in recent memory that was built to be repairable. (The battery was meant to be replaced! There are even official instructions.) This is in stark contrast to my 2nd generation Amazon Kindle which had hardware problems and became unusable right after the warranty period ended. That experience soured me on the Kindle, understandably.

At any rate, the only Nook that has a user-replaceable battery is the 1st generation model. Also, it seems that Barnes and Noble doesn’t seem to sell the replacement anymore. (I could only find one outdated listing). Fortunately, the batteries are easily found online for about $10. The steps are pretty obvious to replace it: pop off the back with your fingers, unscrew a screw, put the new battery in, and then reverse the process.

Between the replaceable battery and the free 3G internet included with the device, hopefully these devices stay in use for quite a long time!

Time Enough at Last

by Ben


We had decided to watch Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) over the holiday weekend after running into it while shopping. It was pretty good, but it just felt like 4 episodes with 1980s-level movie production value. In fact, we found out that 3 of the 4 stories were just remakes from the 1960s TV show. As someone who is only familiar with the Twilight Zone through pop culture, that didn’t bother me much; they were all new to me. If I had to give a rating, I’d say something like 4 of 5 stars.

The Scary Door

One way I had been familiar with the Twilight Zone was with Futurama‘s show-within-a-show called the Scary Door. In particular, I remember seeing their take on a “last man in the world” story called “Time Enough at Last”. Even without having seen the Twilight Zone episode, the concept comes across easily. It’s something many of us can identify with. (What would you do with unlimited time? Would it be any different than how you just spent your Labor Day weekend? And what if there was no one left but you?)


As you might have guessed, I had that episode in mind while we watched the movie, so afterwards I did some searching online. I was happy with what I found. For one, I found a copy of the original 1959 episode (approx. 25 min). I was surprised by how well it was done, and how closely it matched up with Futurama’s homage.


I was even more surprised to find a copy of the short story it is based on (1953, and public domain). It’s pretty short, and maybe even better than the television rendition. You should give it a read, when you have time. (I read it first… just in case.)