just wanted to step in and say hi as i've registered for this budding forum. a bit about myself: i'm a self-professed gadget freek and an educated professional in the mobile telecommunications field with a specialty in smartphones and integrated/convergent internet multimedia devices. currently an independent contractor and aspiring writer, i maintain two, very unknown blogs to practice my writing (attempting to remove terse, engineering speak to appeal to a broader audience) and take advantage of a few industry connections i have to review software, devices, and technological advances in the mobile telecommunications and wireless data world with a slight twist as i try to address issues that affect the asian-american community due to my involvement with the NAAAP. yes, i know it's very, very niche, but i'm not in it for the fame or fortune; i'm mainly desiring to hone my writing skills and to provide a specific service to my community. in case you are curious, my personal site is www.revtarded.com and my smartphone site is www.aznberry.com. and no, i do not plan on spamming the boards with these sites... i will only provide links should i cross post any relevant articles or findings. that said, i'm currently contracted with T-Mobile to function test the HTC Dream outside of Google's campus and will be receiving a device within the coming week. it's just a pre-launch test and last chance to catch any fatal problems that could hamper initial consumer response, to help prepare tiers 1-3 and engineering for potential issues from customers, and confirm/clean up/proofread all tech data and manuals to ensure customers get a high quality instruction guide to using the phone both online and in hard copy with the device. but most of all, my work will be testing integration with the new T-Mobile Applications store and the GMail IMAP portal within "Mobile Life" and My.TMobile.com billing front-end systems to ensure we don't "pull an Apple" upon release like with their failed MobileMe launch. but of course i'm under NDA, and i like receiving a paycheck, so i will speak of course in generalities until products are released. plus i've been a T-Mobile customer with T-Mobile Deutsche while in europe, and have been a T-Mobile USA customer since their takeover of Voicestream at the beginning of the century... thus i also like my benefits and will not risk those, either. as the Android OS is released, i look forward to exploring its capabilities with many of you, even spurring fresh ideas and maybe even developing new ways of doing things in the way of UI and applications. i have never had a chance to work on a whole new OS from development to release on this large of a scale, so please pardon any excessive enthusiasm i may exhibit! this is very exciting for me so if you havent brushed up on your linux yet, time to get crackin! and if you're wondering what phone i use daily, it's a blackberry 8320 curve. communication is critical for me so i depend on RIM's experience in the corporate space.