A few weeks ago I rooted my phone to get access to some features made inaccessable by Verizon. This was taken a step further this week when I installed a custom ROM on to replace the stock ROM on my HTC Incredible. I had had enough of the stock ROM when I realized after rooting it that I still couldn't get rid of Skype or Peep easily.
I had to do something and remembered the cool thing about Android being open source software is any can modify it and come up with a custom flavor. This is also the problem. Google research took me on a long search through Android related message boards where the consensus seemed to be a flavor called Skyraider. This flavor also has a variant that includes HTC Sense UI which I prefer over the vanilla Android UI. I downloaded it via ROM Manager which I purchased for $3.99 from the Android Marketplace.
After downloading Skyraider I tried to install it via ROM Manager. What I found out next is the radio software needed to be updated. After that I was good to go and all my crapware was gone. As it turns out it used my old system settings and desktop. In case it forgot I took the precaution by backing everything up with Titanium Backup.
Proceed at your own risk for things can go wrong and brick your phone.
More detailed information and step-by-step instructions from the XDA developers forum.
I was driving to the polls today thinking about who I was going to vote for in Georgia. Roy Barnes (D) was definitely out. I actually worked to oust him in college and have no desire to see him as Governor again. Nathan Deal (R) is probably a nice good ol' boy but he just gives me a bad feeling. The only other choice was the Libertarian candidate, John Monds. Ideologically I'm more on board with the Libertarians than any other party but don't vote for third parties candidates. They have a tendency to split the vote between the Democrats and Republicans or force run-offs. Worse case they eat into Nathan Deal so much that Roy Barnes gets his autocratic crown back. The last thing we need is him at the helm of redistricting in 2011, but I digress.
When I got my first glimpse at the ballot I surprised myself. Not only did I vote for John Monds but every other Libertarian on the ballot. It's done, I've voted Libertarian and done my part today to force a run off. We'll see what happens tonight.
I'll be watching the results tonight on TV and on the web at Real Clear Politics and various other sites.
Oh! I almost forgot, I got a bitching Foursquare badge too, who also have election coverage.
** ELECTION RESULT UPDATE **
There will be no run-off, Nathan Deal (R) won with 53% and Roy Barnes (D) got 43% with my guy John Monds (L) pulling up the rear with 4%. source