Sorry if this is well known, but I just discovered this: in /usr/bin/ are native executables that allow one to get/set properties send events, and probably more.
And I've been playing with them. Contrary to my previous thoughts, it's this:
121005:181135 lipc-send-event: I lipc:evts:name=orientationFaceUp, origin=com.lab126.hal:Event sent
that causes "Connection Manger" to crash. Possibly because 'orientationFaceUp' means nothing to the some part of the K3's firmware, it being a DXG specific name, given that the DXG has an accelerometer and the K3 does not? This looks like a promising path.....
Now if only I could find the files representing "Connection Manager"