T-Mobile Temporarily Stops Selling Sidekick Phones

But "Lost" Data May Be Recoverable, However

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T-Mobile Temporarily Stops Selling Sidekick Phones

ComputerWorld is reporting that T-Mobile has suspended sales of its Sidekick telephone in wake of the problems it has been having the past week plus. At T-Mobile's web site, every Sidekick model is now listed as "temporarily out of stock."

In a related New York Timesarticle today, T-Mobile announced that some of Sidekick customers' phone numbers, photographs and other data may be recoverable after all.

"There are about one million Sidekick users, but not all of them have lost data. Initially, Microsoft cautioned that the data might be gone forever, but now Microsoft engineers are optimistic that much of it can be recovered, said David Beigie, vice president for communications at T-Mobile."

How much pressure do you think T-Mobile exerted on Microsoft to find a way to recover that data?

And how long will it be before T-Mobile dumps Microsoft; before T-Mobile customers dump T-Mobile?

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

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A plate of spaghetti made from code
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You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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