24 hours after my historic operation on the LifeDrive innards, there is no evidence of anything untoward lurking below the surface. The battery has been a bit iffy but I always find it takes a good few days for any new battery to get itself into the swing of things and able to hold a full charge in a normal manner. One thing I forgot to mention was that the device is far quicker to boot up now with the CF Card installed, around 25 seconds compared to the minute plus beforehand.
As a special treat for the big fella, I have ordered up a Handetta leather case for it. I used to always go for metal cases but now I think they look a bit cheapo these days in that sparkly silver that seems to be de rigeur from the likes of Proporta and PDAir. In addition, some of them are a bugger to get the device out. I remember Shaun at PDA247 raving about the quality of Handetta cases before (I think it was Handetta anyway). If it wasn't then I have possibly wasted 30 odd quid.
I can recommend the online pdahut store for getting accessories for older PDA's here in the UK, I find them to offer a quick service and the prices are okay too. Proporta are okay, a wide choice of stuff but their postage costs for Next Day Delivery are a nonsense. You do get a nice tea bag with it though.
The new improved LifeDrive is without a doubt much quicker. For example, using Resco Neeews for RSS on the microdrive version resulted in a 1 minute delay when existing the app as it had to cache the feeds. Now, it is only a couple of seconds delay.