Yes, I’ve been away for a while. I have been happily playing with the cute little blonde beauty. She has a Korg PX5D and an Epiphone Valve Junior Combo Amp to play with. Boy she sure sounds great.
The new toy around the household came about when we noticed that our phones were due for upgrades. My wife has a BlackJack II and I had a Propel Pro which was an insurance replacement for my broken BJ-II.
The Propel Pro had WiFi capabilities and I used it to the max. But I didn’t have to because I was grandfathered into my service provider’s old “All You Can Eat” data plan. My wife is on a lesser plan and she keeps tabs on her usage.
Anyway when it was time to upgrade the phones we did a lot of looking around. The choices are pretty much the following. Stay with the good ol’ Windows Mobile platform and upgrade from Windows Mobile 6.x to 7. This would include both phones having touch and WiFi capabilities. Woo Hoo!
Another joy would be to leave behind such a proprietary architecture that Samsung has with their own special connector that they’ve tried to squeeze too many functions into. I am greatly please that the new standard is some form of generic USB for power and data and a standard 3.5 mm jack for audio. Phew it sure took the industry a long time to get here.
Well it turns out that Windows Mobile 7 has turned it’s back on the Red Herring Active Sync. Well all I can say is that I had been using Active Sync since my HTC Star-100 Windows phone up to my Propel Pro with 2 BJ-IIs in between and never had a problem with either wired or Bluetooth syncing. It worked well for us.
Now the new Windows Mobile version 7 has no direct syncing except for multimedia via the Zune Desktop Application. That leaves our two copies of Outlook 2003 out cold and dry and all of the contact info contained in there. What to do? After searching through the Windows Mobile forums, it turns out that a new Windows Mobile 7 user must activate a Windows Live account and then upload all of their Outlook info to some far, far away and distant cloud server operated at O-dark thirty by someone who was never born or raised in this country and they have access to all of that information without you ever knowing otherwise.
Yes, I’ve heard that corporations such as Microsoft and Apple and Google are notably trustworthy corporations and they would never…blah, blah, blah. That’s just like over a quarter million Veterans records that were compromised by someone who has been in the security business over 200 years, the good ol’ US of A and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Hey you got a bridge that doesn’t cross a river you want to sell me as well? Maybe I’m in that market as well.
Excuse me but hasn’t anyone read the news? Cloud computing is 1000’s time more risky than your own PC locked away behind your own front door managed by someone you know pretty darn well, YOU.
So I don’t get it. Just because Microsoft has finally come out with a phone with enough eye candy to woo some iPhone users away that that is enough reason to trust them with all the info I have about all of my family and friends tucked away in Outlook!
Then first there was the iPhone.
Yes with an iPhone you have to have an iTunes account but you do not have to send your precious data to Apples servers if you don’t want to. And as far as iTunes goes, if you compare it on an Apple Mac and a well equipped Windows PC it still works better on the Mac. As far as I can tell Apple apps belong on Apples and Windows apps belong on Windows machines.
But you can never pull the battery on an iPhone when it freezes or locks up. Yes you can hope that plugging it in to the USB cable will force it to come back to reality but that doesn’t always work. And there is no keyboard. Virtual keyboards require two hands and are prone to lots of fat finger mistakes in an order of multitudes greater than a real keyboard.
And yes I’m just as seduced by all the touchy feely warm fuzzies as the next person.
The final choice is to bow down and serve the great beast of Google-Android and continually pay homage to the double standard of them telling the world to not be evil while they find ways to profit off of every move you make on the Internet by selling that information to the highest bidder. Hmmm isn’t that the definition of Phishing? Go figure.
I say, if it is presented as cute and cuddly then beware. The little Android bot is not so innocent as he looks. Behind that cute little green skin lurks one of the most sinister marketing demons that the world has ever known. OK maybe that is a little harsh when you take Mark Z. from Facebook into the mix. I do happen to know Android users who do not use Gmail other than to authenticate their phone on the Android App Store.
Anyway you have it you are in bed with a devil, whether Microsoft, Apple or Google. We had almost given up hope. Maybe we would get the Ipaq Glisten which has most of the other industry standards except it was still a clunky version of Windows Mobile 6.x. But at least it was semi touch, full WiFi and had standard jacks. Yeah still a clunky phone at best.
What to do and where to go?