Sunday, July 20, 2014

Installing Cyanogenmod 11 on Nook HD - The Comprehensive Full Guide

nook hd CM11 guide install CWM root

I searched online a lot for a full guide to explain how to install CWM, root and install CM11 on the nook HD but all I found was confusing information that doesn't give clear instructions on how to install it.

After some trial and error, also soft bricking my tablet I managed to install CM11 and get it running smoothly on my Barnes and Noble's Nook HD

As always I'm not responsible if you hard brick your tablet or cause any damage to it, this method worked out for me on my Nook HD doesn't work on any other device 
You are fully responsible for any damage you cause
nook hd CM11 guide install CWM root
So here you go the full instructions on how to get CWM and CM11 installed on your Barnes and Noble's Nook HD:

What you'll need for this guide is:
1- A dedicated micro SD card at least 4 GB
2- A memory card reader to be able to plug your micro SD card into your computer

1- Insert the memory card into your memory card reader and plug it into your PC 

2- Right click the memory card drive and format as Fat32 

3- Download and install Win32 Disk Imager 

4- Download the bootable CWM image from here and extract it with winrar

5- Open Win32 Disk Imager and select the drive of your memory card then browse for the image file you extracted in step 4 and click write, now you have a bootable CWM memory card

6- Download the emmc CWM recovery from here but don't extract it, keep it as a zip 

7- Download the latest version of CM11 from this link and don't extract it

8- Download the Gapps for CM11 from this link and don't extract it 

9- Copy the zip files you downloaded from steps 6, 7 and 8 to the root of your micro SD card

10- Safely remove your Micro SD card and insert it into your Nook HD tablet while the tablet is off

11- Turn on your tablet and wait until you get to the CWM menu, use the volume up and down keys to navigate through the menu, power button works as the back key and the home button/N button works to select

12- Go to backup and restore and make sure you backup your stock software in case something goes wrong

13- Go back to the main menu and choose install zip from external SD 

14- Choose the zip file you downloaded in step 6 "cwm-recovery-hummingbird-5"

15- Repeat step 13 and choose the zip file you downloaded in step 7 which is the CM11 zip file

16- Repeat step 13 and choose the zip file you downloaded in step 8 which is the Gapps 

17- Go back to CWM main menu and choose reboot to system 

If you follow these steps exactly your tablet will boot into Kitkat Cyanogenmod 11.
If you require any help comment here and I will give extra instructions

Monday, July 14, 2014

Too much thinking?

thinking, ideas, life

I stumbled upon a piece of news or rather a study that showed that men can never stop thinking while women actually have the ability to shut off their brains for sometime.

One thing I know for sure is that it doesn't matter whether this is true or not because as humans we are programmed to think and I guess this is one of the reasons we need to sleep, just so we can stop thinking and not go crazy.

But the piece of news was interesting because maybe it explains why I keep thinking about weird topics that I really don't have any need to think about. I'll give you some examples:

It starts when I was peeing and looking at the water in the toilet bowl I started having questions that led to other questions like:
Why is there water in the toilet bowl?
why doesn't it drain?
what happens to a frog if i flush it down the toilet? oh that's interesting then maybe I can attach a wireless camera to record his adventure down the drainage system
oh wait that means I need a water resistant camera, how much would that cost? keep a mental note to look that up on Amazon.
but wait why a frog? maybe another amphibian that is smaller in size, then I need to research that topic in the library
I'm going to the library? what should I take with me? laptop or tablet? tablet, no wait laptop 
then why do I need to go to the library, I can just stay at home and research it online while having a glass of beer, but what kinda of beer goes well with reading about amphibians that are most suitable to be flushed down the toilet?
Bluemoon? hell that night in the bar was so much fun, bummer i ran out of cigarettes and all the stores were closed.
Why the hell do they close so early? back home everything is open 24 hours but yeah I get it that it's a waste of energy to open 365 days a year but how can we generate so much electricity to supply for all these electronics out there? they must be using..............................................and it goes on and on and on.
Just stupid useless ideas.

Facebook is Getting Creepier By The Day - Privacy Concerns

facebook privacy concerns
yeah, right.....we believe you
I've been on Facebook for a very very long time, I can't even remember any instance in my life before I had Facebook (you can blame that on age or loss of memory)

But when I found that post from Facebook today on my news feed I couldn't continue trying to fool myself into trusting Facebook, I just couldn't.

During the past few weeks there has been so much talk and controversy about our information that Facebook keeps using without asking our permission.

According to an article on, Facebook's mobile app has weird permissions that allow them access to information like:

  • Your contacts, including modification and adding or changing calendar events. They know who is in your phone and can contact them.
  • Your exact location. They know where you are at any time.
  • Your camera, including taking pictures and videos at any time, as well as recording from the microphone. They can get at anything you’re saying or looking at.
  • Your text messages, your calls, and can call phone numbers. They can see who you’ve contacted recently.
  • Your internal storage, including permission to delete anything. They can see the files on your phone.
  • Full Internet access anytime, changing your wallpaper, opening up over other apps, and downloading files. They can make little tweaks without your knowledge.

Next on the list we have Facebook running psychological experiments on its users without letting them know, well yes I know that these are in the terms and conditions of Facebook but it's not like we have any other choice, true they did apologize afterwards but that doesn't fix the broken trust between Facebook and its massive number of users.

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Facebook is also using your browsing history to customize their ads, while this is not a big deal (since all of the websites you interact with do the same) at the same time Amazon for example doesn't have all my photos and doesn't recognize faces of people who are not even my friends, what I'm saying is that Facebook knows more about us than our best friends do and we are just allowing them to keep collecting data from our computers to know more and more, here's How to Stop Facebook From Using Your Browsing History.

So after knowing that Facebook collects all your private information from your browsing history, runs emotional experiments on you, and even listens to your conversations, your surroundings when you use the mobile app, Do you still trust Facebook? and should we believe them when they say "your answers are private and won't be shared"?


How Unlocking Your Phone Increases Its Resale Price

Browsing through Swappa listings looking for cell phones I noticed that network unlocked phones have a higher value than locked ones.
In the following chart I plotted some of the most famous phones from different brands with their minimum prices locked vs. unlocked on swappa to visualize what I noticed.

Unlocked vs locked, phones, selling, price, sim unlock, network

This chart will show you how unlocked phones are always more expensive than locked ones, sometimes it's even a big difference. For example the LG Flex unlocked is sold at $435 while the locked one goes for $310.

I was surprised because I showed in a previous post how easy and cheap it is to unlock your phone even if you didn't stay with your carrier long enough for them to unlock it for you.

After I noticed that I decided to try and make use of my observation so after I unlocked my Alcatel one touch Fierce that I bought from Metropcs for only $30 I put it online on Swappa to sell it.
I was taken back when someone bought it for $85.



Nook HD Review - One Of The Best Budget Tablets in the Market

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It's been some time since I started looking for a decent tablet to use for reading, I already had Amazon's Kindle 4th generation 6" with the E-Ink technology and I loved it but it wasn't enough, I needed a tablet that can do much more than just reading.

I started researching keeping in mind I had a limited budget of $70 and finally I decided and I went ahead and bought a certified pre-owned Nook HD 7" although I could have gotten the Nook HD+ 9" for the same price but since I wanted to use it for reading I preferred to get the lighter smaller version.

The tablet is very decent with it's memory card slot (compared to the nexus 7) the rubberized back provides a good grip and the hardware specs don't fall short in providing a smooth experience let alone the amazing pixel density of the HD LCD screen.

The first issue I had was the laggy home screen provided by Barnes and Noble which was easy to replace with the tablet user interface provided by Apex Launcher.
nook hd apex launcher budget tablet
The second issue I had was finding a free pdf reader that supports text wrapping or text reflow which was solved by installing Qpdf

While the tablet doesn't allow installing of unknown sources (sideloading) I found the Google play store more than enough to provide all the apps I needed, yeah I do miss some of the apps I can't install like instagram for an instance but again it's a tablet designed for reading mainly.

The battery life is good and lasts for at least a day with good heavy usage.

Another annoying thing is the lack of a standard micro USB port so you need to carry the Nook charging cable with you instead of using your standard Android micro USB charger.

Overall I'm very satisfied with my purchase and would recommend this tablet over many others in the market 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Questions About Zombies - The Walking Dead

I started watching The Walking Dead a couple of days ago (I know I'm late but better late than never) of course this is because it will take forever for the new season of Game of Thrones to come out.


I have to say I got hooked, I'm already at the end of season 2 and that kinda raised a lot of questions Regarding zombies that don't have answers but still annoy me so much

It's understandable that if you get bit then you turn into one but, why would a zombie just bite you and not eat you completely? I would get it if you got bit then you got out alive or not, but that doesn't explain baby zombies, there's no way they only got bit then they ran away or that the zombie decided he had enough of the meal and left the baby.

If it's an infection then why do all the zombie apocalypse movies have the heroes cutting themselves and not getting infected?

What the hell happens to a zombie if he can't find food? would he starve to death?

What happens when saturation happens and there are no more humans, only zombies? would they start eating each other?

Why are there no zombie animals? is it because zombies eat all of the animal because they are delicious? Zombies craving bacon?

Why can't the zombies walk in a normal way? if they are missing a leg or something then ok but normal whole zombies?

Do zombies get cold? how do they feel about rain?