EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

01.10.10

History of Microsoft’s “Slog” Against Android Brainchild

Posted in Google, Microsoft at 7:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Photo from Yoichiro Akiyama (Tokyo, Japan)

Summary: A reader’s research-based analysis of Andy Rubin and his bitter experience with Microsoft

GOOGLE made a lot of headlines last week when it unveiled Nexus One. Microsoft is already attacking this product by mocking it, but there is a much longer history there. Our reader investigated this and he reports as follows:

Here’s follow up to the Danger fiasco. It’s interesting how a little bit of background information is helpful in exhuming a crime from a few innocuous looking pieces of news. Within the unfinished Microsoft Danger failure is the career long epic struggle of its founder. The more you dig into this story, the uglier it gets.

Andy Rubin founded both Danger and Android and, it seems, has been perused by Microsoft his entire career. CNET pointed out the relationship between Rubin, Android and Danger. Wikipedia confirms the relationship and both Andy and Danger’s story are an incredible indictment of Microsoft business practices.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Rubin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_Inc.

Wikipedia details Rubin’s career working for many companies crushed by Microsoft. He started his career at Apple in 1989, just in time to witness Microsoft’s rise to monopoly status at the expense of Apple and many other
competitor’s superior technology. From Apple’s near fatal frying pan, the man jumped into the mobile computing fire, helping to develop the very interesting and ultimately crushed Magic Cap. From there he moved to Artemis
Research which became Web TV only to be acquired and wrecked by Microsoft. Then he helped to establish and became president of Danger, where the very cool, Java using Hiptop phone was made, only to see the company bought by Microsoft and himself tossed out. Finally he made Android, which was bought by Google which Microsoft has been trying from the very beginning. Talk about a long, hard slog! Every cool place this guy goes, Microsoft follows and bullies the place under.

Wikipedia also referenced a comprehensive write up of the Microsoft Danger failure by Roughly Drafted. This is worth reading in full.

http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2009/10/15…

All of the usual Microsoft elements are at play in that story including a few BN missed back in October.

http://boycottnovell.com/2009/10/13…

Boycott Novell noted that Microsoft used the occasion to FUD Google and the “cloud” as if Microsoft incompetence were somehow contagious. Microsoft also used their failure to say bad things about rivals Sun and Oracle,
equipment they acquired with Danger but were unable to keep up. As Roughly Drafted put it:

“With Microsoft frantically trying to associate its Danger fiasco with everyone else possible in the industry, and particularly upon its direct competitors Sun and Oracle, it failed to point out that an awful lot of enterprise datacenters are running Sun and Oracle, and yet there aren’t regular outages that last for weeks and announce having lost all their users’ data. In fact, the losses Microsoft experienced (and its shoulder shrug response to T-Mobile’s million Sidekick users) are virtually unprecedented in the industry. … the Danger disaster is a lot closer to Microsoft’s previous fiascos in trying to migrate Sun-based services like HoTMaiL and WebTV to Windows than with the occasional service interruptions that impact other cloud services. “

While the truth of the matter may never really be known, an inside source from Danger filled in some of the missing pieces:

“the real problem was that a Microsoft manager directed the technicians performing scheduled maintenance to work without a safety net in order to save time and money. The insider reported, ‘ This was done against the objections of Danger engineers.’”

You know the rest, kaboom, everything is overwritten. One prominent victim blogged the average user’s perspective:

http://perezhilton.com/2009-10-09…

“Not being able to access our emails and phone numbers for AN ENTIRE WEEK has severely affected our ability to work and communicate with our friends and family! For us, our Sidekick has been an integral part of our work life for over four years….”

So there you have the usual Microsoft incompetence and blame shifting, next comes denial. Par for the course, Microsoft screwed up and then tried to make everyone else look bad. Pressed with the reality that one million users were hosed, they had to admit a problem but that did not last long! Roughly Drafted, after some more interesting historical perspective, describes the miracle that came next:

“How does Microsoft back itself out of this crisis? How about denial. Foley also reported that Microsoft has now announced (but not yet delivered) a reversal of its earlier summation that all of Danger’s data was lost. … If Microsoft strings along users long enough, it will be able to pat itself on the back with a “mission accomplished” even if it ultimately never actually delivered anything.”

So, what was delivered besides the month old tape backup previously announced and the October 15th promise?

More FUD for Google
http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft…
and more FUD for Google
http://ces.cnet.com/8301-31045_1…
http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2009/10…
An attack on the prominent victim
http://gawker.com/5373960/perez-hilton…
More denial of this “temporary T-Mobile Sidekick data loss”
http://www.techflash.com/seattle/…

Several lawsuits have been launched over this, one in late November.
http://www.techfirm.com/home/class-action…
http://pulse2.com/category/maureen-thompson/
http://www.databreaches.net/?p=8799

If the data came back, no one says so. The people filing suit don’t seem to know it. I can’t find any mention of it since December, let alone a first person report of data resurrection. As Roughly Drafted predicted, the
promise of data recovery has been echoed as an actual data recovery. The device was put back on sale, who would buy one when they could have an iPhone, an Android, a Palm Pre or any other nicer phone? The next move in the Microsoft play book is to settle the cases out of court and shut everyone up. Time will tell.

See the posts below for more information and references that we wrote about before.

Related posts:

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Primer to the Crisis and Scandals at the European Patent Office (EPO)

    An introduction to the chaotic state of what used to be the world's leading patent office and quickly became Europe's biggest embarrassment



  2. Workers of the European Patent Office (EPO) Are Going on Strike Again, Almost 90% Voted in Favour

    Thousands of brave EPO employees chose to cast a vote and make it known that they are in favour of another strike



  3. Benoît Battistelli Has Lost the Election at the EPO

    FFPE candidates (or moles from the yellow union) failed to enter the Central Staff Committee in spite of Battistelli's attempt to help them get in



  4. Emerging Threat to Patent Reforms at the USPTO

    Our plan of returning to coverage of US patent affairs in the wake of powerful lobbies that pursue patent maximalism



  5. You Know That the Unitary Patent (UPC) is in Huge Peril When Its Biggest Fans Admit It's Unlikely to Happen Even Next Year

    The tactics of Team UPC turn ugly as they personally target anyone who stands in their way, even a professor/judge who is courageous enough to state the obvious



  6. More Than Six Human Casualties Under Battistelli at the EPO, But the Human Toll Can Become a Lot Worse

    The bigger or much broader picture detailing the high cost of autocracy and mental torture at the EPO, where lives are ruined not only when these are ended and some key buildings pose severe threat to a lot of workers



  7. EPO's Elodie Bergot Calls Staff Suicide Just 'Passing Away', Pretends to Care

    How the EPO continues to mislead if not lie to staff, even when staff commits suicide -- a growing problem for Team Battistelli, whom some insiders hold accountable for these deaths



  8. The Administrative Tribunal of ILO Will Deliver EPO Judgments in Six Days

    Despite its old age (nearly a century), ILO's tradition when it comes to enforcing the law is anything but sterling, yet one can hope that it will stop its unproductive cat-and-mouse game with the EPO, where compliance is rare and actual judgments (not deferrals/referrals) are even rarer



  9. Links 21/6/2017: Red Hat's Numbers Are Up, New Debian Being Studied

    Links for the day



  10. Another Suicide Reported at the EPO While the Paid-for Media Focuses on 'European Inventor Award' Charade

    Puff pieces for Benoît Battistelli published aplenty while the European media refuses to deal with the reality -- not paid-for illusions -- at the European Patent Office



  11. Links 20/6/2017: Chuwi Lapbook, Linux 4.12 RC6, Mesa 17.1.3

    Links for the day



  12. At the European Inventor Award Ceremony Benoît Battistelli Lied to a Lot of Scientists and “Media Partners” About the UPC

    The Liar in Chief, Benoît Battistelli, still lives in a fantasy world or simply lies intentionally, which would be worse



  13. Contact Details for the EPO's Administrative Council Delegations

    List of Heads of Delegation and their E-mail addresses (used to be public information before Benoît Battistelli's oppressive regime or coup)



  14. Don't Forget to Vote for EPO Strike This Week (Thursday)

    A reminder that there's a vote on a strike at the European Patent Office later this week, giving an opportunity to rebut the "vocal minority" myth which Benoît Battistelli likes to spread



  15. European Patent Office (EPO) Whistleblowing Guidelines: Motivation and Impact of Leaks

    Advice on when to leak and what to leak for the desired effect, which is reformatory (though transparency and accountability)



  16. Links 18/6/2017: New Debian Release, Catchup With a Lot of News

    Links for the day



  17. Appalling Press Coverage Regarding the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    How the media has lied (and keeps lying) about the UPC, which the European public neither needs nor wants, putting aside serious constitutional issues that are associated with the UPC



  18. The Writings on the Wall at the European Patent Office: Number of Directors May Soon Decline From 150 to Just 65-70

    Battistelli is seizing more direct and indirect control over the European Patent Office (EPO), which is supposed to eject him with a proposal for replacement already formally prepared for publication



  19. European Patent Office (EPO) Whistleblowing Guidelines

    The first part of a series which offers tips for sending us material/evidence, specifically from the European Patent Office (EPO)



  20. General Consultative Committee of the EPO Warns About Battistelli's Plans

    The General Consultative Committee (GCC) issues a long document (176 pages) which explains to the overseer of the Office how internal rule changes make things even worse



  21. Links 16/6/2017: New Atom Release, Firefox 55 Beta

    Links for the day



  22. Leaked: European Patent Office Still Uses Microsoft Windows XP... in 2017

    The EPO continues to rely on inherently insecure (by design) platforms and Mr. Kraft, Battistelli's CIO, bragged that the actions of the Office "prevented any damage to the EPO and its reputation"



  23. Unitary Patent (UPC) Will Start “Real Soon” Now... Said Team UPC For So Many Years

    The Unitary Patent or Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) is going nowhere fast, but those who spent time and money promoting it for self gain continue to lie to the press with overly optimistic predictions, unrealistic timelines, and Kool-Aid about the supposed 'benefits' of the Unified Patent Court (UPC)



  24. EPO Management Wastes Millions of Euros on a Silly, Gratuitous, Self-Serving Festival While EPO Staff is Planning Another Strike

    Unrest at the European Patent Office (EPO) is growing again, with plans of a strike resulting in a formal vote for a strike next week



  25. Links 15/6/2017: Mir 0.26.3, FreeNAS 11.0

    Links for the day



  26. Software Patents in Europe Are Still Promoted by the EPO, Even in Defiance of the Ban

    The European Patent Office continues to ignore the directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions, which had software patents disallowed with an overwhelming majority of 648 to 14 votes at the European Parliament



  27. Leaked: Job Advertisement for Removing Battistelli From the European Patent Office

    In spite of rumours that Benoît Battistelli would pursue elongation of his term, in clear defiance of the rules (again), paperwork is being put forth to replace him



  28. Links 14/6/2017: New BlackArch Linux ISO and Q4OS 1.8.6, Orion

    Links for the day



  29. Even UPC Proponents, Paid by the EPO's PR Firm, Admit That UPC May Never Happen

    Speculations are being floated regarding the cause of the impasse, which is going to result in a very long period of uncertainty and possibly the collapse of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) as it was envisioned by Michel Barnier, Benoît Battistelli and other opportunists



  30. Caricature: Balance of Justice at the European Patent Office

    Balance of justice under Battistelli's regime isn't quite what the Office wants the public and the Dutch authorities to believe


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts