I woke up this morning with an email from the CarolinaCon group letting me know that my talk was officially accepted. I also found out that due to the high volume of quality talks submitted, they’ve decided to extend the con for an extra day. I think it’s great that CarolinaCon is doing so well. It’s a small, but intimate con and a lot of fun. After talking last year, I knew I wanted to take part again.

My talk is going to focus on the Droid, the timeline/process for rooting it, and what we’ve been able to do since. I’m going to try and make it as informative as possible, so hopefully it’ll be an interesting talk for everyone. The schedule isn’t released yet, so I’m not sure when I’m talking, but either way you should definitely register now, and come hang with us!

I have CS4 MC for 7 and CS3 MC for OSX. Having purchased an Intuos 4 tablet several months ago, I found it very useful binding some of the more popular actions on the tablet. After running across this article, it reinforced the fact that Adobe has done a masterful job of making bindings available for pretty much everything you want to do already. I found the article today through popurls (one of my favorite sites to browse through) and I was happy to see the quality of explanation and ease of reading. There’s a lot of great info about Photoshop bindings for advanced users and beginners alike. Definitely check it out.

With the release of the Sholes.info 1.1 ROM for the Droid, there’s been some concern over performance issues as the phone’s uptime increases. It seems one problem is that the browser will continue to chew on memory, and with compcache setup in this ROM, it chews through the swap as well. If you are enjoying the features and functionality of the 1.1 ROM, but would like to disable compcache to help limit the browser’s memory consumption and try to keep your phone alive a bit longer, there is a way to disable it:

[root@droid] / # sysrw && mkdir -p /system/etc/rc.d/ && touch /system/etc/rc.d/disable_15_compcache.sh; sysro; sync

Another tip I’ll throw in as a free bonus is to get SetCPU from the Market. Some people (myself included) have seen problems where the phone takes a while to wake from sleep, or respond to an unlock swipe (getting a phone call makes it near impossible to get it to wake up). Enable profiles in SetCPU and only enable the Sleep profile. Edit it and set the max/min CPU to 250. People have said this seems to work helping get the phone to wake up quickly.

As a head’s up, it seems that people have started picking up the OTA updates. Seems a little early, and no one I know directly has a confirmed update. Then again, we’re running 1.1 and it disables OTA so we can work on it before updating.

If you haven’t read the news, ShmooCon will be streamed to the Internet live via ustream this year. Tickets sold out almost immediately for 2010, which leaves a lot of people wondering what’s going on. Now everyone can watch the talks from home. What’s even better is that I just noticed a free ustream app in the Android Market! Dare I put two and two together?

I think I’m personally excited because while I’m doing security I might be able to tune in and see some talks that I can’t get to… *grins*

I was graced by Heidi and given a link to quite possibly some of the most amazing CG I’ve seen recently. It is absolutely stunning. I recommend watching it in full-screen.

The Third & The Seventh