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11 April 2008 @ 08:44 am
It’s Dead, Jim  

[Cross-posted from my MovableType Blog]

My Treo 650 was acting a little strange during my travails in travel on Tuesday. Wednesday morning it got even weirder, and by noon it stopped working at all.

I’m in Miami for the week, and I feel a bit vulnerable without having the ability to connect with folks, either at home, in the family, or people I want to see/meet here.

But beyond that, I don’t know what to do moving forward. Palm is dead as a platform. The rumored impending release of the 3G network iPhone would be absolutely perfect, except:

  1. The rumor is completely unsubstantiated, it started as an off-hand comment by Walt Mossberg, and is fueled entirely by wanton wishful thinking
  2. I need something now, not in a month or two
  3. It would mean giving a(nother) red cent to AT&T after they:
    1. flagrantly and recklessly colluded with the NSA to violate the law and our Constitutional rights.
    2. decided all of your personal information? yeah, that’s now “Marketing Information” they're free to use (and sell) as they see fit.
    3. etc, etc, etc…

It’s that last one that is so problematic. I feel completely hypocritical even considering an iPhone. Yeah, sure, Android, um, see #2 above.

Current Location: Miami
Current Mood: confusedconflicted
Current Music: “Wake Up (It’s 1984)” — Oingo Boingo
alicelee on April 11th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Not to take AT&T off the hook -- at all -- but I expect we will eventually confirm that other carriers were just as bad. There has been only one documented case of a CEO pushing back, and he is no longer CEO. It is a surreal set of circumstances that led to public reporting on Qwest refusing to datamine for the NSA. Note the pre-9/11 dates, too.

It's the same story as with airline carriers. Near as I can tell, they are all complicit in turning over passenger data to the government. Some just got caught earlier than others.
Erik Oganeriktheplaid on May 2nd, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
[Argh! LJ has apparently stopped emailing me comments. -ed.]

I suspect you're right about that (and have suspected so for some time), but the unapologetic reaction from AT&T when caught really stuck in my craw. Point "b" was just icing on the cake, too. I don't know if any of the other carriers have started an opt-out program to sell your personal & call data to whomever they damn well feel like.

Oh, and thanks for the link, ISTR reading a reference to that at some point but it's good to have the actual facts. Inasmuch as we can have them, citizen.