In short – just get rid of the stock ASUS software as fast as possible. I’ve been foolish enough to put up with it for far too long. Despite of often non-warranted reboots, sluggish performance I didn’t try to get rid of it for about a year. Finally, it pushed me over the edge with 12 reboots over the last two days.
Here’s all I’ve literally done:
- Get Titanium backup from the Play Store. I can’t more highly recommend Pro version as it makes backups and especially restores a breeze.
- Back you applications and user data. While not required, I’ve used an external sd card for that – not the embeded device storage.
- Follow up the instructions from CyanogenMod Wiki Now, I happened to have TWRP recovery image installed. So, it works just fine. However, makesure that bootloader version is 10.6.1.14.4 or higher. You might want to check my earlier post on the rooting of the ASUS 700t
- I have chosen to install release version 10.2 (along with the recommended GoogleApp zip file from their download area.
- Once in the recovery, I have wiped up the system, caches, data and did Factory Reset on top of it. Then the zip files downloaded earlier were installed and the device rebooted for the first time.
- Now the first boot took a couple of minutes – I guess some initial steps were done at first time. So be patient. A very easy and self explanatory setup procedure starts immediately once the boot process is over. Once the system is configured you should have the access to the Internet, your email, calendar, and Market.
- Now it is time to restore your stuff back to its original glory 🙂 I recommend to install TitaniumBackup from the Market first. Then run it and change preferences to point to your earlier backup location. From there I recommend to restore TitaniumBackup PRO – that will make the restoration process so much easier.
- During the restore you can safely avoid any of the annoying ASUS apps and services if you don’t need them. I acctually recommend not to restore Device Unlock app – for whatever reason restore process hung on that in my case.
- Everything is restored. Now one more reboot just in case and you have your system back – flying high and fast.
- One thing you might want to pay some attention to is new Privacy Guard, that allows you to restrict what the apps can learn and share about you. In other words, now you have a fine control over your personal data and prevent apps from imposing totally insane and unrealistic permission settings.
What I’ve noticed immediately is that I no longer have the blank message issue in my K-9 Mail, that been haunting me for like 6 months. So, it is gone for good! Keyboard works perfectly – I am typing this blog on my Transformer. So by all means folks – get youself CyanogenMod and experiene like brand new, fast tablet!
In the couple of days left before the year end I wanted to look back and reflect on what has happened so far in the IT bubble 2.0 commonly referred to as “BigData”. Here are some of my musings.
Let’s start with this simple statement: BigData is misnomer. Most likely it has been put forward by some PR or MBA schmuck with no imagination whatsoever, who thought that terabyte consists of 1000 megabytes 😉 The word has been picked up by pointy-haired bosses all around the world as they need buzzwords to justify their existence to people around. But I digressed…
So what has happened in the last 12 months in this segment of software development? Well, surprisingly you can count real interesting events on one hand. To name a few:
While I don’t have a crystal ball (would be handy sometimes) I think a couple of very strong trends are emerging in this segment of the technology:
- HDFS availability – and software stack availability in general – is a big deal: with more and more companies adding HDFS layer into their storage stack more strict SLAs will emerge. And I am not talking about 5 nines – an equivalent of 5 minutes downtime per year – but rather about 6 and 7 nines. I think Zookeeper based solutions are in for a rough ride.
- Machine Learning has a huge momentum. Spark summit was a one big evidence of it. With this comes the need to incredibly fast scheduling and hardware utilization. Hence things like Mesos, Spark standalone and Sparrow are going to keep gaining the momentum.
- Seasonal lemming-like migration to the cloud will continue, I am afraid. The security will become a red-hot issue and an investment opportunity. However, anyone who values their data is unlikely to move to the public cloud, hence – private platforms like OpenStack might be on the rise (if the providers can deal with “design by committee” issues of course).
- Storage and analytic stack deployment and orchestration will be more pressing than ever (no, I am talking about real orchestration, not cluster management software). That’s why I am looking very closely on that companies like Reactor8 are doing in this space.
So, last year brought a lot of excitement and interesting challenges. 2014, I am sure, will be even more fun. However “living in the interesting times” might a curse and a blessing. Stay safe, my friends!
Screw you Blogger – I am moving away.
Check this out, guys – you simple can’t make up stuff like that.
This what you’ll see if you trying to install Wine compatibility layer on Linux (Ubuntu 12.04 in my case)
So, basically in order to install “piece of s&^t MS Windows” compatibility layer one needs to render Linux host incompatible with LSB. Good job, Microsoft! As always!
Oh, and you see this finger, Bill “small-&-soft” Gates, right?
Keeping up my promises and updating the famous Hadoop genealogy tree again. Now with Hadoop 2.0.5 as well as recently released 2.0.6 and 2.1.0. Enjoy!
Do you know what are SiliconAngle and Wikibon project? If not – check them out soon. These guys have a vision about next generation media coverage. I would call it ‘#1 no-BS Silicon Valley media channel’. These guys are running professional video journalism with a very smart technical setup. And they aren’t your typical loudmouth from the TV: they use and grok technologies they are covering. Say, they run Apache Solr in house for real-time trends processing and searches. Amazing. And they don’t have teleprompters. Nor screenplay writers. How cool is that?
At any rate, I was invited on their show, theCube, last week at the last day of Hadoop Summit. I was talking about High Availability issues in Hadoop. Yup, High Availability has issues, you’ve heard me right. The issue is the lesser than 100% uptime. Basically, even if someone claims to provide 5-9s (that is 99.999% uptime) you still looking at about 6 minutes a year downtime of the mission critical infrastructure.
If you need 100% uptime for you Hadoop, then you should be looking for Continuous Availability. Curiously enough, the solution is found in the past (isn’t that always the case?) in so called Paxos algorithm that has been published by Leslie Lamport back in 1989. However, original Paxos algorithm has some performance issues and generally never been fully embraced by the industry and it is rarely used besides of just a few tech savvy companies. One of them – WANdisco – has applied it first for Subversion replication and now for Hadoop HDFS SPOF problem and made it generally available is the commercial product.
And just think what can be done if the same technology is applied to mission critical analytical platforms such as AMPlab Spark? Anyway, watch the recording of my interview on theCube and learn more.
As the follow up on my last year post I just found the the video of the talk has been posted on YDN website. I apologies for the audio quality – echo and all, but you still should be able to make it out with a higher volume.
And in a bit you should be able to see another talk from May’13 about Hadoop stabilization.