Glitch, your response reminded me of a lesson I thought I'd learned a long time ago, never tell an electrical engineer with a soldering tool that anything's impossible.
But seriously Geetzromo,
If you want a hackable webpad at this juncture, I'd recommend stopping next door and checking out the Gateway AOL Connected Touchpad. It's about the same price brand new from Gateway (if you buy it quick, read the board there) that you'd pay for an epods, and it's already compatible with Linux, Windows, BEOS(? dont quote me on that one). I love my little epods (well not THAT way), but honestly there's better entry level choices. Yeah, it's a little bigger, but there's just a ton more "hackable" potential at this juncture. Echoing what they said, welcome to the party, and if you still want an epods, go for it, always a few up on ebay.
More interesting trivia-- Number of EPODS sold with Internet Service (the original business plan), only about 300!--
(of course, no telling how many have been "liquidated" into the market by now.)
"Ack! my brain is now full of useless trivia about epods!"