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Why do Mammals Sleep?

A bit longer than the usual lightning talk, but highly entertaining!
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Now using a ZTE Nubia 7 max with Cyanogenmod 11

I was on the lookout for a new phone since my ASUS Fonepad 7 ( ME371CG ) has a broken display and the case is so bent that I can't swap the display a second time. Also, I wanted something more modern than the ASUS, potentially with dual SIM slots. I could have bought the Fonepad 7 on Amazon for EUR 130 [1] new, so I didn't want to spend substantially more on something that I'm likely to drop to the floor.

After some research, I found that no company with a presence in Europe sells something I wanted - Apple is out because I want an Android device, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is far too expensive (EUR 700), the Galaxy Note 3 still sells for EUR 500, and the ASUS Fonepad 2014 ( CE375CXG ) is not out. The Google Nexus 6 sells for EUR 600+, so that's a no-go. Also, it doesn't have a card slot. I decided on the ZTE after some research on devicespecifications.com [2], which conveniently lists not only the phone size but also the display size. (Unofficial) Support for Cyanogenmod was a plus, as ZTE seems to install their own UI over the stock Android.

I bought the phone via the Interwebs [3] in China. The phone arrived 6 days later via DHL (express shopping, yay) , and I had to pay 19% import VAT , making the phone cost EUR 320.

In retrospect, having an SD card slot was really important, but I'll do a second post on how I installed Cyanogenmod on the phone.

[1] http://www.amazon.de/Fonepad-ME371MG-Tablet-PC-Touchscreen-Android/dp/B00CA1E1CU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415961399&sr=8-1&keywords=me371cg
[2] http://www.devicespecifications.com/ 
[3] http://www.efox-shop.com/zte-nubia-z7-max-4g-lte-qualcomm-snapdragon-801-25ghz-quad-core-55-zoll-fhd-bildschirm-4g-smartpho-g-293591
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So sad, yet so true.
<p><img src="http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/i-2jHQ6qX/0/1050x10000/i-2jHQ6qX-1050x10000.jpg" alt="The Chronomaster" /></p><p><strong><a href="http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/09/08">The Chronomaster</a></strong></p><p><a href="http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/09/08">http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/09/08</a></p>
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The live demo didn't work out completely right, but the video of the talk is now online :-)
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Round and round it goes
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Sim City 2014
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Impressions from the #Luminale 2014
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Installing Cyanogenmod 11 on the ZTE Nubia 7 max (NX505J)

The phone arrived with the Google applications installed on an English AOSP. My goal was to follow the approach outlined in [1] to get root and maybe later install Cyanogenmod on the phone if I'm too fed up with the custom UI that ZTE provides. Root is highly important to me because I use a custom `/etc/hosts` file from [2] to do ad blocking and reduce data usage.

Conveniently, the phone brings its own Windows USB device drivers when it is plugged in so I didn't need to go hunting for drivers. The drivers also directly worked with ADB.

The recommended approach of using Towelroot [3] for getting root access on the device failed even though the program claimed to have had success. Also, I found it disconcerting that Towelroot seems to want to phone home and refuses to "root" if it can't talk to the mothership. It seems that the manufacturer or seller half-rooted the device to install the Google applications but did not leave root enabled on the device.

After trying various other root programs to get beyond the first step, I decided to wipe the current firmware and install an (supposedly) original NX505J firmware from [4] via the stock recovery mode. The trick was to name the file `update.zip` instead of a more descriptive filename. After that, Towelroot still did not work, but at least I could use the stock recovery mode to also install Super SU [5] via the supplied ZIP file, again naming it `update.zip`.

After having Super SU on the stock firmware, I could then follow the rest of the steps by installing ClockWorkMod ("CWM") and then Cyanogenmod without further problems. So now I have Cyanogenmod 11 on my ZTE, in Full HD glory :-)

[1] http://www.androidpit.com/forum/617128/nx505j-nubia-z7-max-root-cwm-recovery-and-cm11-rom-tutorial
[2] http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/
[3] https://towelroot.com/
[4] http://www.needrom.com/download/zte-nubia-z7-max/
[5] http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1538053

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It shows both SIM cards, but I did not try it with two SIM cards installed. It is Cyanogenmod, I guess as "original" as you can get with a set of modifications to make it run on a different phone.
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Lots of people seem to be using WWW::Mechanize::PhantomJS without me even knowing about it. I was very pleased with the feedback on this talk at #yapceu2014.#perl
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Nice talk, thanks for the module!
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So, combat juggling exists? Everyday you learn new useless facts
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Great gift from my friends!
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Yay!

Thanks to the efforts of the volunteers, the talks of the #gpw2014  are now online:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiKOSMurci-jUdnXdTGCWHzONJitWpb0z
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