Ok, I am a long time Droid drooler, recent convert with an Incredible :-)
I have been able to deal with a lot of Droid's rougher edges, but one that is really getting to me is a particularly simple yet annoying one - namely I want the ability to turn off back-lighting of the soft-keys (home/menu/back/search).
With the introduction of Kindle for Android, I can again read books on my phone late at night without disturbing the wife, but while Kindle app has great controls over brightness of screen and theme (sepia or black works great at night), the soft keys are so damn bright, it makes it really difficult to read the dim screen.
I did some Googling, and got a range of answers that are irrelevant (about the light sensor) or that say that its impossible (which I know is not true, since at the very least the clock app controls it in its night mode). I did come across another post that pointed me to "Brightness.apk.zip" util, which I downloaded and installed. That does seems like the right thing (has a button named "turn keylight off") but none of the operations on that app work. I am not sure if the app requires me to root the phone, or if it is designed for a different OS/phone. I would like to hold off rooting my phone until I know I need it for sure.
Any help would be appreciated, even if it is in a form of telling me how to do this from code - I am willing to try to write some code, I already written a patch for K9.