Installing CyanogenMod on a Nexus 7

Yesterday I installed CyanogenMod on my 2012 Nexus 7. I decided to do this because I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how we will all be using our computing technology in the next few years. I think that we will be carrying around our smart phones and tablets, and using these as our main computing devices – but projecting the screens to the nearest large display. This appeals a lot to me as a developer, but basically I won’t be happy unless I have a Unix prompt.

I’m an Apple fan, and I mostly work on an Apple Air. My phone is an iPhone, and I know that it’ll be a cold day in hell before Apple give me access to the command line and I have a c++ compiler on my phone.

The installation of CyanogenMod went smoothly. It was simply a case of installing an app on the tablet itself, downloading a program to my Apple Air, plugging in my tablet via USB, and away it all went. If this all works out OK, I’m quite keen to get the OnePlus One phone, which has CyanogenMod installed and looks like a beautiful device.

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