Of course, hacking or "rooting" the Nook Color will void your warranty and should only be done by those who are very comfortable fiddling with technology.
Also, Tech Republic is not responsible for any damage that you do to your Nook Color while attempting any of the steps that we're about to show. Nevertheless, the process is relatively simple and if you run into trouble you can always do a factory reset on the device and start from scratch.
Just keep in mind that if you're not tech-savvy and you do this incorrectly then you could cause your Nook Color to become unbootable.
You can also do it from Mac or Linux, but the steps are a little bit different (consult the Nook Devs guide for details).
Before you begin, you'll also need a Micro SD card (with an SD adapter).
It will need to be at least 128MB, but I'd recommend a 1GB card so that you've got plenty of room.
The Android Honeycomb 3.0 operating system and the first fleet of tablets that are going to run it are all looking mighty impressive.
Unfortunately, it's also looking like most of them will be even more expensive than the Apple i Pad, which starts at $500.