Found something to do during the Cold Weather. I”ve spent most of the last week working on an old Snap Server, and my Xoom tablet.
The Snap server has everything that my previous PC running Windows XP, ever backed up on it. Lot’s of pictures and music, and a few really good essays and other articles. Since XP went by the wayside, I’m now running Linux Mint 17. I’m pretty happy with it, but I wanted to connect the Snap Server so I could pull down some music, and view/print pictures. Well, it seems that it pretty much can’t be done. I worked on it for days. I tried Samba, NFS, FTP, and a few others. What ever I do, I can’t seem to get rights to the files. I can see them, but not manipulate them. A final forum post, pointed out articles stating (pretty much) that what I’m trying to do is not possible. (Round 1 to the Snap Server) (but then EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE)
So I took up the idea of updating my Xoom to Android 4.4.4. It seems that Google, and Motorola dropped the Xooms at 4.1.2, and have never looked back. Well, on the XDA forums there are tons of folks happily running every version of Android known to man on their Xooms. I went through every method I could find on the forums that was well documented, and nothing works at this time. All of the instructions move away from my reality at some point. Could be my Xoom is a weirdo, or missing some critical files, or who knows. BUT, I’ve wasted nearly 3 days trying, and I’m pretty much done (until someone post’s an good answer to my beg requests on the forums)
There’s also the article I read yesterday stating that Updates to Android have pretty much become useless. It stated that after version 4 of the Android OS, everything else has been a trivial update, and the Google is including most of what’s in them, in it’s app updates. So I’m going to break my normal practice, and let Google have their way with my Xoom and see what they can come up with. If I don’t like it, I’ll just wipe it back to factory defaults and start over.
P.S. And If you’ve heard about the Ghost exploit on Linux, be advised that Ghost only works on Pre-version 14 versions of Mint and Ubuntu.