[FoRK] MS Oops - How not to architect and run a widely-used and well-funded database, apparently

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Oct 12 12:46:55 PDT 2009

Wow.  Poor Microsoft.  And it IS ironic that the subsidiary was called 

> Sure, all of us have screwed the pooch at some point and failed to 
> properly back up our personal data. But you'd think a 
> multi-billion-dollar corporation -- or even the apparently neglected 
> stepsister of one -- would be just a little more careful about this.
> Now Danger, T-Mobile, and Microsoft are all taking a well-deserved 
> beating. And because Hollywood types were among the first to adopt the 
> Sidekick -- the original hip smartphone -- they've just ticked off 
> some very high-profile users. Even Perez Hilton took a break from 
> dishing Mischa Barton to take a few swipes at T-Mobile in front of his 
> 6 million readers.
> ...
> Bottom line: 10 days before the Windows 7 launch, and just a week 
> after the Windows Mobile 6.5 debacle, Microsoft has just turned into 
> The Last Guy You'd Trust to Handle Your Data. Nicely done, boys and girls.
> I've been wracking my brain trying to think of a comparable screwup by 
> a major company. I'm coming up empty. How about you?

> "Letting Microsoft acquire a company called Danger is like buying a 
> pit bull named 'Killer' and letting him sleep in the henhouse. It's 
> only a matter of time before you've got blood and feathers 
> everywhere." Cringely's wordsmithing reads like geek poetry...or a 
> Greek tragi-comedy.

Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:
> --- On Sun, 10/11/09, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
>>  Regrettably, based on Microsoft/Danger's latest
>> recovery assessment of their systems, we must now inform you
>> that personal information stored on your device - such as
>> contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists or photos - that is
>> no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as
>> a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger. 
> Yet another dimension of the Data Hostage Environment.
> (Congratulations with the person who coined that term. Luv it!!)
>        ...ken...
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