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Succinctly Speaking With Steve Ballmer: Sidekick Fiasco "Not Good"

sidekickoutagebadT-Mobile Sidekick users who lost their personal data in a humiliating server failure at Microsoft subsidiary Danger last week are today restoring their contact lists–but not much else. With a tool provided on T-Mobile’s Web site, subscribers can view and restore their contacts as of Oct. 1. This is apparently the first phase of a multistep restoration process that Microsoft promises will eventually include photographs, notes, to-do lists, marketplace data and high scores.

Again, nice to hear this talk of a full data restoration after T-Mobile’s warning that all personal data had been permanently lost. Clearly, Microsoft (MSFT) is doing everything in its power to remedy the issue, which has led many to question the company’s protocols for redundancy and server failure, and beyond these, whether the software giant can even be trusted to safeguard user data. As Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Network World, the Sidekick fiasco was “not good.”

“It is something we are going to have to address and explain to customers, our method and process and quality approach and what went wrong in that case and how we are making sure that it does not happen again,” Ballmer said. “Non-Sidekick users, we are not earning their trust back but I think people are going to say, ‘Hey, look, show me what you are doing to insure this does not happen to me.’”


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik