I finally took the dive because the phone was just getting slow. I flashed it with Ivan's official_eris 1.0 which isn't mentioned much but so far it is very good. It uses sense. Most of the pre-installed garbage apps are gone and you can use Titanium Backup to delete the other ones. Wired and wireless tethering are already installed as well as setCPU so it is clocked at 710mhz now. I uninstalled the default messaging app and Footprints. The coolest things was being able to use the wireless tethering for my wife's ipod touch. We were at my son's football practice and I was able to let my 3 year old daughter watch her Disney videos on the ipod which requires wifi. Saved us from a lot of crying and complaining.