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Secrets of the PlayStation Portable by Joel Durham Jr.

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14. Twelve Cool Homebrew Programs

Homebrew software isn’t a big deal for computer users. Independently developed programs are all over the Internet, and happy computer users download them, hope they don’t have viruses, and install them without fear of voiding the warranties on their computers.

With the PSP, things are a little different. Sure, homebrew exists; hundreds of games and applications are available for download, but Sony looks down on using them. No one has come right out and said that homebrew is illegal—unless it consists of pirated software—but it’s certainly not as simple as installing and running it. In fact, legitimate programs often try to coerce you into upgrading the firmware, and new firmware inevitably contains code to thwart ...

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