I got my first Blackberry in 2000 and it was as big as the Samsung Note 3 and took both hands to operate. It was the cat’s meow. The best thing since sliced bread. My colleagues and I would walk around San Jose with our noses stuck into our Blackberry. I slept with it under my pillow to the disapproval of my wife. When it vibrated, it would awaken the dead. Today, the New York Times wrote a story about thefuture of Blackberry and the demise of the physical keyboard. My first Blackberry now shares a spot along side my Atari computer and my Trash 80. Evolution at work.
Installation is involved to say the least. The first step is installing the Android SDK (software development kit). Then download some files, figure out adb, put device in development mode, upload the downloaded files, rooting the device, install recovery and finally install CyanogenMod. Whew! Oh, and I forgot, you have to install gapps.zip. Once completed, make sure you boot into recovery and make a backup. More than once over the past year, all my devices have locked up and I had to restore from backup.
CyanogenMod is now a company and Koushik Dutta (VP of Engineering) promises a CM Installer and an easier way to install CM on mobile devices. Dutta is looking for beta tester for the installer. You can also see a video preview of the installer on Dutta G+ page.
The CM installer allows more users a choice between a carrier’s bloated offering, Google’s pure experience and CM’s custom ROM.
I was standing in the lunch line at my high school in 1963 when I first remember talking about the be Beatles and “I want to hold you hand.” The girls were naturally swooning and the boys were posturing about how the Beatles should cut their hair. Transistor radios were the high tech gadget of the day though its success was waning replaced by steros and LP’s.
I am very near cutting the cord. Currently, over 90% of my content comes from Netflix. Sunday night HBO is the one night I watch cable and that could be in the past soon. Rumor has it that HBO might offer HBO Go without a cable subscription. That and my Chromecast will be all I need to cut the cord. Oh, I will need an antenna to get local channels and an ISP. Where are you Google Fiber?