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Ahhh, that's quite the important detail to leave out.
Yeah, I remember tinkering with Cyanogenmod with my oldest tablet (Android 2.1 (!!!) I think) and being rather intrigued. The manufacturers for my "newer" tablets have made more of an effort to lock them down however, and I hadn't had much luck with it since or with LineageOS - not that I've tried very hard. Are Android 4.3/4.4, and 6.0-based tablets now too old for anyone part of the Lineage project to bother supporting?
Heck, I almost had Xubuntu installed on my HP Stream 7 tablet - I can walk through the entire installation process (mouse, keyboard fully supported), but it refuses to do much of anything past the first reboot.
I'm all in favor of giving old hardware new purposes. I haven't managed to replace Android 4.3 on my second-oldest tablet, but at least I make use of it daily - displaying the real-time bandwidth usage page from my router.
The manufacturers for my "newer" tablets have made more of an effort to lock them down
I used a Xiaomi phone for some time. It was loaded with bloatware with a couple of apps/services which you would not be able to see unless you really dig in. I discovered those are to provide targeted ads and decided to get rid of their MIUI. Since they had locked down unlocking, rooting etc. It took me a while to find how to remove the OS. It turned out I had to download a desktop application provided by them and then request from there. Then they will reply over email or something and then I could do what I want. Finally, I did manage to get LineageOS on it and then everything was great except that I missed the camera application they had. Luckily I had backed up everything so I could get parts of MIUI camera working on this custom OS. Realizing this is too much work, I sold that phone and got myself a shiny new Pixel 2 XL (sold my soul). It was very expensive phone but, I bought it a week after Pixel 3/3 XL were released so shops had leftover 2/2 XLs which they gave away with massive discounts. They did try to up-sell but I had checked and could not find anything new in 3/3XL that would interest me.
Are Android 4.3/4.4, and 6.0-based tablets now too old for anyone part of the Lineage project to bother supporting?
Probably. Since demise of Cyanogenmod, the group working to keep the OS alive has become really small. So they might be focusing on what is most used. It is simply my guess.
I'm all in favor of giving old hardware new purposes. I haven't managed to replace Android 4.3 on my second-oldest tablet, but at least I make use of it daily - displaying the real-time bandwidth usage page from my router
Nice. I had a phone earlier with broken screen. I used it as dash cam on the car. I could not use standard camera video for it though. I found an app called AutoGuard which was neat.
I saw from this mornings mail out yet another statement of the obvious regarding phone spyware - this time MSpy. There may be others on the list like Spyera or spyfone but I got bored reading it.
"Its to allow parents / employers monitor authorized devices but really its for spying on your partner".
No one ever talks about these things being used for theft.
Consider this, you are on your expensive new phone in a built up area and some low-life snatches it and cycles off.
But as soon as you report the loss to the police, your luck is in - some honest soul has found it and returned it still in pristine condition.
What you don't realize is that since it was snatched unlocked, our low-life was able to get spyware onto it then hand it in to a police station and now just has to sit back, monitor it, capture your bank details, home details and anything else they wish...
Same probably goes for cheap phone deals from online auction sites.
ummm, if I know someone else has had my equipment for any length of time,
even a friend (not saying they did it on purpose, perhaps went to the wrong site etc)
I'll scan it, and if still not comfortable (been with a stranger) reformat/reset it to factory.
likewise for the wifes gear. (yes I'll fully check out for instance her work laptop/tablet if her own office IT department has 'installed' something or 'updated the work apps' etc on it for her.)
I'm very pragmatic about this: viruses, trojans, spyware, ransomeware etc. are designed with the gullible and stupid in mind, and that business is booming.
after many otherwise intelligent sounding suggestions that achieved nothing the nice folks at Technet said the only solution was to low level format my hard disk then reinstall my signature. Sadly, this still didn't fix the issue!