I still have my Hero and for now going to keep it. I have been using it for a GPS speedo, mp3 player, etc... for out in the boat. It hasnt been activated for about 9 months now but I am thinking of activating it for my primary (and only) phone for my side business. My Hero has been a great phone and I cant see myself getting rid of it just yet. I am also thinking of trying out a few different roms on it.
The Hero was my first android phone over 3 years ago and its been great and still is. I havent forgot about the Hero community what so ever. I still check in here all the time.