First off, thanks to everyone on this forum for all the hints, tips and tutorials. I now have a Hero as fast as any touch phone I've played with. This is my mix: 1. rooted with fresh 1.1 2. gumbo kernal loaded BIGGEST CHANGE!! 3. unloaded HTC Sense and now use Home Once I switched to home, everything is instant. The first noticable change I made so far. Gumbo was noticable on how much memory stays free but I didn't really see speed in using the phone itself. I never knew the phone could actually perform this way. I miss the visuals but the speed makes it a non issue. All I need now is to see if the widgets i use now in replace of HTC widgets don't mess with my battery. One question, the only thing not working is the messaging icon don't have a count on it anymore. was that a HTC thing?