Ok - so I opened it up - here is how to get the case open....
The black/gray side bumpers on the base just pull off - no screws. There is a small screw panel on the bottom of the base - it uses a T6 torq screw - under it is the 'disk-on-a-chip' - it's socketed and can be popped out.
Remove the two screws on the bottom - then on the top, there are two rubber bumpers that keep the back of the screen from hitting the base - pry the bumpers out of their holes (they come out easily) - there are two more screws there - all these screws are philips head screws. Then, the middle of the back edge of the base has a small rectangular slot - push it in with a screwdriver to release the top of the base. The front piece of the base (the piece of with the power button) kind of lifts up & out around the screen's hinges. Now you can get to the motherboard.
So I popped out the 'disk-on-a-chip' and hooked up a laptop drive (out of my iopener) and powered up - but I just get the Virgin screen - so that's the end of my hacking skills..... next!!!