Daily Archives: January 8, 2015

Dell Venue 8 7000/7840 Can Be Rooted, Get Android 5.0

Just snagged the Dell Venue 8 7840…wow

I grabbed one of these the other day and really love it too. Just wanted to let you guys know that I was able to get it rooted with this method :

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Well, apparently I can’t copy links because I have less than 10 posts. Google “intel android devices root temp cwm” and it will be the first XDA post that shows up.

And that’s at XDA: Intel Android Devices Root / Temp CWM Session

Or, there’s this: Dell Venue 8 7000 Unlock Bootloader Tutorial — and scrolling down reveals: Dell Venue 8 7000 Lollipop Update Tutorial!

While being able to put Android 5.0 on it seems exciting, I have to wonder what it does to the RealSense camera. Does the new ROM deactivate the two depth cameras and leave the main rear camera as a conventional camera?

No new videos on YouTube. I wish someone who put Android 5.0 on it would do one.

Previously here:

Dell Venue 8 7000/7840 AnTuTu Score
First Review: Dell Venue 8 7000/7840
Dell Venue 8 7000/7840 Released
Dell Venue 8 7000/7840: Best Buy, First User Report
Dell Venue 8 7000 Delayed
Video: Dell Venue 8 7000 Vs. Nexus 9



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R.I.P. Actor Rod Taylor

The Birds Actor Rod Taylor Has Died at 84


What have you done? Thousands of years of building and rebuilding, creating and recreating so you can let it crumble to dust. A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams… FOR WHAT? So you can swim and dance and play.

The Time Machine

Really, they don’t make them like him anymore. He was swell. Rest in peace.


Wikipedia: Rod Taylor
The Complete Rod Taylor Site

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Hisense Vidaa Pad Renamed To Sero 8 Pro

Hands-on: Hisense Sero 8 Pro Android tablet


I’m not sure Brad realized he had his mitts on the only Rockchip 3288-based tablet to be sold in actual stores in America. He did a rather cursory pawing of it.

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Video: Teclast X10HD 3G

Hendrickson has posted four videos.

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Xiaomi Live Youku Video On January 15



That’s a first. And likely due to Xiaomi putting money into Youku.

It’ll happen here. I don’t know if registration at Youku is required.

Previously here:

Xiaomi: January 15

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Onda V989 Demo Of Android 5.0



Video after the break.

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Nokia N1: First 20,000 Sold Out



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Teclast X10HD 3G Gets First Review


This highly-anticipated tablet — it’s dual-boot Android/Windows 8.1 using an Intel Z3736F CPU with a peak frequency of 2.16GHz, 10.1-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 combined with 2GBs of RAM, 64GBs of internal storage, and (China-compatible) 3G — gets reviewed at IMP3Net by the pseudonymous bugsbunny, who has also done other tablet reviews [Google Translate].

And how’s this for a kick in the head? The review reminded me that its pre-sale price was 1,599 yuan — the same as the Nokia N1! Its regular price is 1,999 yuan.

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Minimum Viable Writer Delusions

The Minimum Viable Product for self-publishing

It’s a hard truth to swallow that only a fraction of your supporters will pay up when you have a book on sale or a Kickstarter project going. In direct mail, it’s common for only 1%, or even less than 1%, of recipients to respond to an offer.

In social media, it’s common for that number to be much, much smaller, sometimes orders of magnitude smaller. Neil Gaiman once tweeted one of my projects, which I was very grateful for and also very excited about given that at the time he had about 1.5 million followers on Twitter. I got a grand total of three extra supporters. That wasn’t Neil’s fault, and it wasn’t his followers’ fault, it was entirely my fault for having a project that wasn’t compelling enough, wasn’t attractive enough. But it was a tough lesson to learn that having a big reach wasn’t any guarantee of success. It was humbling.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Any post that mentions direct-mail response rates is worth reading.

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