Some people here are like "The Grinch who stole Christmas", but I would say it's the season to be thankful. Here are some examples of both over the past year:
- Be thankful that B&N has continued to provide updates at no cost, which have measurably increased the utility of the Nooks.
- Be thankful that B&N provided an SDcard slot (SDcards now cost about the same as a good hamburger), so that we are not like Kindle Fire users, who ran out of app space without any expansion options.
- Be thankful that every Nook Tablet owner has until January 31, 2012 to return the NT for a full refund if it does not meet your needs, whereupon you can buy a refurbished NC for $149 with a full warranty. I mean, how many of you really need a Nook Tablet over a Nook Color?
- Be thankful that the NC is not only rootable, but side-bootable from an SDcard. How many other tablets can do that?
- Be thankful for an underlying operating system (Linux) that is robust and free, significantly lowering the cost of most consumer products.
- If you have rooted, be thankful for the extensive effort of many (wihtout payment) to not only root, but to create packages that allow you, the user, to easily root your device.
- If you have rooted, be thankful for the many excellent applications available. Many excellent ones are free, ad-free, or both. When they are not free, most cost less than a good hamburger.
- If you have not rooted, be thankful that almost every one of the B&N applications cost less than a good hamburger, and less than almost ANY PC or Apple application that is sold.
- Be thankful that B&N provides this forum for the discussion of all types of issues, including the discussion of rooting and competitor's products, without any control other than in the most dire of circumstances.
- Be thankful that many, many users here who have a lot of knowledge in various areas, regularly monitor this forum and repeatedly provide help to others.
- Be thankful that B&N adopted the open "epub" format and not a proprietary format.
- Be thankful that B&N brought out quality Nooks that compete effectively against the competition, so that customers have economical choices for quality readers.
- Be thankful that we live in a country that (while it has some problems), is giving to a large part of the world. Check out the giving to charitable causes in each country as a percentage of GNP, and then note that (except for one other country), no other country even comes close.
- Finally, if you have religious beliefs, be thankful for Christmas itself and all that the "holiday" stands for.
Note that some of the things above to be thankful for, may come from non-altruistic motives or actions on part of others. It doesn't matter (entitlement is the enemy of thankfulness); you can certainly be thankful anyway.