What was the motivation behind the Custom Firmware Validator v2.0 Rev-8?
A: I'm trying to keep PS3 database updated in order to prevent users from flashing their console with improper firmware. I also collect info about them so itís some kind of tiny encyclopedia.
How many firmwares are currently supported?
A: In upcoming Rev-9, almost all (except all SEX fws and all CEX from PS3BD-ROM). It's almost 9000 lines in script which covers hundreds of firmwares.
Did you have fun watching the comments and the votes in the monthly contest?
A: To be honest, I didn't notice that tthousand put me on the contest list.*^^" But of course I always read all comments and all threads about my/our projects. Hard and demotivating part of this is reading rude comments like "Useless program!!!" etc. We want to thank all users who voted for this app, all translators who support CFV and all users who like it.
What do you want to say to all the haters who make negative comments?
A: Simple "f*ck you" would be ungentle and insufficient. So, as I did in comments, I'll ask: "What have you done for the scene?" Nothing? So... maybe you should keep your mouths shut? Maybe these things are small, maybe useless as you named it, but I'm doing it - doing SOMETHING. I realize that CFV is not a kernel hack kick ass stuff, and I also know it's doing nothing else than other OS's build in Linux tools etc. Still, it's a nice app which not only prevents a brick for someone who doesn't know what and from where he downloads, but also an app which copies your file directly to usb with proper filename to the proper folder, app which checks proper table type and file system, app which lets you go to developers' website, app which allows you to view some basic info about scanned firmware, and app which collects checksums for all PS3 firmwares.
How do you feel about the current state of the ps3 scene?
A: It's slow but it's nothing strange when our little toys turned into such complicated cryptographic ecosystems in last few years. Past months brought many huge steps forward for end users (cex2dex, new pub keys, Flatz tools etc.) but still there is much to be done (I hope one day we'll have a much more convenient way to dump endec and ata keys).
What is your favorite aspect of the ps3 scene?
A: Not only of the PS3 scene, of all scenes: we can have full control over *our* data which console producers take over. I really hate when I can't backup/restore my data locally (idiotic copy prohibited save protections, all kind of DRM, addiction to networks services etc.).
Are you working on anything you would like to share?
A: Actually on GUI for something, but I cannot say more now.
We'd like to thank Berion for his contributions and we look forward to seeing the top secret GUI in the future :-)