I admit I’m a trying-hard techie. If you think I just read tech articles on the Web, you’re wrong because I experiment! Uninstall this, install that. Alter software though logic of the programming language isn’t fully understood. Open the device using screw driver and check physical problems. And gadgets at home usually fall prey to these illicit activities, becoming at risk of being bricked or totally damaged.

Two weeks ago, I upgraded my phone after almost losing it in Greenhills. Being my first Android phone, I’m contented with the unit except with Éclair (Android 2.1), the unit’s OS version. Samsung promised the update’s release this quarter but unsurprisingly they do not prioritise low-end Android units. Thus, I searched for available cracked firmware versions to upgrade it to Froyo (Android 2.2).

To be honest, I was quite nervous of that spontaneous decision. I once bricked my PlayStation Portable due to inappropriate firmware and it left me crying for weeks!

Fast-forward: I successfully updated my phone from Éclair to Froyo! I’m not technical, mind you.

I know this story isn’t too inspiring for you to risk. But if you want pulsing adventure at your fingertips, try available customisations for your device and keep these words in mind: Believe, Read, Prepare, Follow and Seek.

Start with a positive attitude. You’re not doing that to fail, are you?

Before proceeding, read! As with any customised or hacked software, these processes come with a risk. Disabling your device regardless of how processes were executed might happen. This caution should put you in control. Are you going to install it or not? It’s up to you.

But if you decide to risk, don’t worry, you’re still in control. Just be informed. The Web hosts a lot of information about these process- and detail-oriented stuff. Google what you intend to do. Read related articles and understand the background. Know the pros and cons, along with possible issues that might occur after the process.

Online forums should also aid you in determining a wide variety of concerns. You should check if these might deeply concern you in the future. Forums were of particular help to me despite differences in method and firmware versions (and of course horror stories experienced by risk-takers).

Sometimes, we only need to unleash some ounce of technicality from within. But whatever happens, remember, you’re only accountable to yourself! Don’t expect warranty to save you!

Most of these processes need independently created applications or software. Download everything you need before starting to save time. You can do this while reading articles or browsing through different forums. As you download, ensure virus-free downloadable items.

Beyond those preparations is the need to anticipate future issues. Align other options and be ready to troubleshoot if a particular process doesn’t work or if certain issues emerged after the process. To do this, determine which issues bugged users the most, then come up with the appropriate solutions. I’m sure the developers have already provided solutions for most of these glitches.

You have already risked by following the go signal to alter your device. That risk can be wise or unwise, depending on your capacity to religiously follow instructions. Focus on the details and understand how it’s done. Reread and reread until you have perfected it in mind. Remember that we can’t be as technical as those who developed these items. The most we can do is strictly following the process as is, and hope for the best to come.

Several outcomes can be very surprising, especially when the desired result wasn’t achieved (assuming that the process was perfected). You can try resolving the issue by troubleshooting anticipated issues. But if you think it’s out-of-hand or has tendencies to go uncontrollable, seek appropriate technical help. Ask friends who might have knowledge. If you’re willing to shell out money, go to the nearest and reputable repair shop. Perhaps you need to shamefully admit to them what you did. We learn from it, anyway. :)