It’s probably because I’m an engineer. Also because it’s fun. But I love tinkering with my phone.
First it was rooting. Then theming. Then roms: CyanogenMod, then BuglessBeast and Gingerbread by Pete, now Project Elite.
My Droid is running at a blazing 1.1 GHz. And boy is that fast. I wasn’t a fan of the themed keyboard (I prefer the default look of the Gingerbread keyboard), but I’ve been using the Swype beta anyways.
The only thing about this tinkering: I have to reinstall everything from the market. I mean, it’s fairly automatic, but some things need some extra love to get working.
Right now I’m getting my Tweetdeck account back on my phone. I probably should just learn how to backup and restore apps so this process is easier…
Am I sad to say goodbye to Gingerbread? Yes. It has some nice features. But I have to take speed over a nice features.
Today, I didn’t feel like driving back home and coming back to pick up Sav after a group meeting. But I didn’t feel like parking and walking to a building on campus to do nothing or just surf the internet.
So instead I parked in the Marriott lot and surfed the internet. I only had to walk about 20 feet (around to the passenger seat).
I’m streaming Pandora, reading my Reader, and checking my Gmail. On my laptop. Who needs a warranty when they’ve got a mobile hotspot?
And then mania took hold of me. Maybe because I took 6 hours to root my own phone and I hoped to help people do it in far less, I undertook the task of creating an all-in-one guide to everything I did to my phone to increase it’s awesomeness: [HowTo] Root, Deodex, and Theme Droid Froyo 2.2 FRG22D. It only took me 5 hours. Maybe more.
And since then, I had people asking me for help. I started to think that my guide wasn’t as helpful as I hoped because people kept asking for help with errors they got, but it turned out that while I had 5 or 6 people asking for help, it had been viewed more that 2300 times in just the last 20 days. And I have to assume that a lot of those people actually used the guide successfully right?
But last night, I tried helping a guy with a problem he was having. He didn’t have the same phone as me, so I did the Google search he should have and stumbled upon a guy who had made a script to do the rooting all in one command for the Droid X. I got curious. Could this same script work on a Droid? Before posting it on my thread, I needed to know. I tested. Failure. So I decided to add my name to the list of those who had contributed to the script. Sparing you the boring details, I changed the script to work on a Droid 1 and put it on the thread. I tested it accidentally on my own phone (a good sign when my phone still works just like it did). But I also tested its magic on my wife’s phone with complete success.
And that’s why I went to bed at 3 am. So now I’m up to over 18 hours of time/work spent helping people legally void their warranties so that they can increase the utility of their phones. Though, I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of that customized script.
Currently listening to: “Telephone feat. Beyonce” by Lady Gaga