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Hacking My Droid Incredible

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

For all you Droid users out there, this is a follow up to the subject I addressed on LK Shoot 64.

If you’ve been waiting patiently (or seething) for the long-awaited, and yet still unfulfilled long-promised Froyo update to be pushed out by Verizon, you don’t have to keep sitting here with your fingers crossed, hoping that the almighty powers-that-be will grace you with the courtesy of actually following through on what the hell they promised they’d do sometime soon, or otherwise forevermore.

I grew tired (and tired) of waiting all the while being forced to carry a smartphone that only utilizes half of what it’s capable of. I did some vast research and took it upon myself to unlock the true power of my Droid Incredible by upgrading to Froyo on my own. The mythic update leaked and has been hacked and tweaked to near perfection by the good, hard-working folks at

I hacked my way to Froyo goodness by taking the following steps:

  • Rooted using the unrevoked method.
  • Unlocked the security restrictions on the firmware (also known as a nand unlock or otherwise forevering) using the unrevoked forever method (see link above to find the proper method for your Droid).
  • Upgraded the radio in the phone (very touchy, but crucial operation — worked flawlessly for me by following the directions properly).
  • Performed a full backup and clean wipe, then installed SkyRaider (aka hacked/tweaked/leaked Froyo).
  • I love this OS. It feels good to have a completely working smartphone that I have full control of, devoid of carrier-limitations via stupid marketing positioning and propaganda. Among the many tasty goodies unlocking your phone brings, one of my personal favorites is the wireless tethering. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase 3G mobile hot-spot, which essentially allows you to turn your smartphone into a wireless router that you can connect your laptop/mac/pc/etc to and have internet access anywhere on the 3G network. It’ll come with the official release of Froyo, and is a fee-based wireless tether app courtesy of Verizon (the same guys who don’t want you canceling your $70+/mth wireless internet plan). Screw that. Rooting my Incredible allowed me to install a 3rd-party tethering app that completely bypasses Verizon’s fee-based hot-spot feature and make full use of the $30 unlimited data plan I’m already paying for. To hell with another fee on top of that. No thank you.

    All in all, rooting and upgrading to Froyo is well-worth the risks in my view. For those who’ve been tempted to try it, yes there are heavy risks involved. You must follow the directions implicitly or could end up with a brick (a phone that is worthless forevermore). This operation should be a snap for those who live, breathe, eat, sleep, and shit technology. For those who don’t live it by waking moment, but rather like to dabble in it occasionally like me, it will come as a mild challenge. But, one that is accomplished through patience and attention-to-detail. Study the instructions and follow them accordingly. Novice users may want to refrain. Wait for Froyo to be eventually pushed out by your carrier, or have your techy buddy handle this procedure for you. However you go about it, I highly recommend rooting regardless of how you pursue Froyo. Set your Droid free!

    Hacking My Droid Incredible – Part 2

    Favre Returns to the Vikings

    Wednesday, August 18th, 2010


    Looking forward to one more year from the greatest.

    EDIT 12.22.2010

    Well, it hasn’t been the greatest season for Brett or the Vikes. Sucks to see it end this way for a living legend, but that in no way takes away from what this man has accomplished. I’ll always remember the guts, talent, and HEART Favre displayed week in and out during the tenure of his storied career. Props to the true Rocky Balboa of the NFL, and the best damn QB to ever put on a pair of pads. Love ya, Brett.


    LK Vinyard?

    Thursday, August 12th, 2010

    I always wondered who this “American History X Guy” that I supposedly “looked like” was before I ever saw the movie. Back when I sported a shaved head and a goatee (before the full beard era) I used to get that all the time. One day I got curious and watched the movie. “Ah, I see,” I mumbled to myself. “I guess I do resemble him a little.”

    Just shaved the beard off for the first time in more than four years (I shave my head practically once every two or three weeks) and immediately the comments returned after all that time.

    yea, this yea, this too

    Looking at the two pics side-by-side, one can see we’re definitely not brothers. But, I suppose I can see the similarities and why I’d remind American History X fans of Derek Vinyard, (aka Ed Norton) although I’ve never forced anyone to “bite the curb”.

    Btw, the movie was quite good. Couldn’t help but wonder if Derek would revert to his old ways had the movie gone on longer or if there’d been a sequel.

    LK Shoot Episode 065

    Monday, August 9th, 2010


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    More On the End of the Weekly Era

    Monday, August 9th, 2010

    I’ve been getting a lot of questions on why the Shoot of the Week ended. The final episode covers it well, but for those seeking more info, I have addressed it a little further in a recent FAQ entry.

    Thanks again to everyone who are sending their warm thoughts and well wishes. I am extremely proud that the show established the kind of following it had/has. Thank you all, very very much.

    LK Shoot Episode 064

    Monday, August 2nd, 2010

    Pit bulls attack and severely wound mail carrier, KILL 2 year old
    Froyo release date for Droid users
    LK’s Restaurant Review – EL NOPAL
    Girl attacked, almost raped, saved by brother (Antoine Dodson) who goes ghetto on news

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