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15 Oct 2009
Dogfooding, sabotage, or just system failure?

System Failure? According to Roz Ho (a Microsoft VP) at t-mobile.com/sidekick (10/15/2009 1:00 AM PDT): We are pleased to report that we have recovered most, if not all, customer data for those Sidekick customers whose data was affected by the recent outage. […] We have determined that the outage was caused by a system failure […]

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10 Oct 2009
More on losing your stuff

Just got a text message from T-Mobile linking to this: Sidekick customers, during this service disruption, please DO NOT remove your battery, reset your Sidekick, or allow it to lose power. […] Regrettably, based on Microsoft/Danger’s latest recovery assessment of their systems, we must now inform you that personal information stored on your device – […]

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27 Sep 2009
Losing your stuff

I didn’t imagine that my “Back. Up. Your. Stuff.” post, where I said “This is just a friendly reminder that you really should consider what you’re gonna do if any of those sites shut down or for some other reason become inaccessible.“, would have validation so soon. The Rocky Mountain Bank sent confidential information on […]

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17 Sep 2009
Liberate your stuff

Google introduced the “Data Liberation Front” a couple days after my “Delete your stuff” and “Back. Up. Your. Stuff.” posts. The Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose singular goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products. We do this because we […]

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12 Sep 2009
Delete your stuff

This is a companion post to my earlier “Back. Up. Your. Stuff.“, where I said You possibly have a lot of stuff out in the Web, scattered among social networking sites, blogs, Flickr, Google apps … and some of you don’t have local copies or backups of it, right? […] This is just a friendly […]

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08 Sep 2009
Back. Up. Your. Stuff.

You possibly have a lot of stuff out in the Web, scattered among social networking sites, blogs, Flickr, Google apps … and some of you don’t have local copies or backups of it, right? This is just a friendly reminder that you really should consider what you’re gonna do if any of those sites shut […]

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23 Jun 2009
Why I prefer real books

I prefer “real” books over electronic ones. So much of what I do is intangible: mere transient electromagnetic disturbances in a wire or chip, displayed on a glowing screen, precariously stored on whirring platters, streaming tape — all susceptible to destruction by emp, power failure, careless shell commands, or obsolescence of technology… In contrast, a […]

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