Palm Deletes Backup Data?

Dear Palm,

A few months ago, I gave your Palm backup service a try where I was able to sync my Treo’s information to your servers over the phone’s Internet connection. This seemed like a pretty slick idea at the time since I could back up my phone from anywhere I can receive a cell connection.

But then I received this email:

Palm Backup Info


Imagine for a second that I lost my phone while I was traveling and hadn’t backed it up in months. Wouldn’t it kind of suck to come home to find out that my backup had been deleted simply because I hadn’t backed things up in 90 days?

Sorry, but there is no way I can trust using a backup service that throws away my backups. I know I should back up more often than that, but I can’t work with a service that punishes me for being an idiot.

I just have to ask: Was the space required to backup my phone really taking up that much space on your servers?

Want a Treo 750?

palm Treo 750 Smartphone (Cingular)The Treo 750 I won arrived today, but I’ve decided to stick with my Treo 700p since I’m a Sprint user and haven’t been able to justify the jump to Cingular for a phone that’s VERY similar to what I already have.

So, it’s Ebay time, but I thought I’d offer it up to all of y’all first.

Keep in mind that this phone only works on Cingular, so if you don’t have a Cingular contract or aren’t willing to switch, this isn’t not for you.

Auctions on Ebay are currently closing in the $500 range plus shipping. I’ll take $350 from a reader of The Deets if you contact me by February 4th. If there are no takers by then, Ebay it is.

I Won A Treo!

palm Treo 750 Smartphone (Cingular)Hey Peeps, I don’t ask much of you, being that you’re mostly reading this stuff when you should be working, studying, or playing video games. But when I did ask something of you, you really stepped up. Here’s the evidence from Palm’s microblog:
CES 2007 Micro Blog: Final Contest and Random Drawing Winners

And the winners are…
Best job blogging about CES:
-Chris Leckness of Mobility Site
-Ed Kohler of Technology Evangelist

That’s right. With your help, I won a brand spankin’ new Treo Smartphone.

See, we really can make the world a better place if we all work together. It took a village to help me win this phone. Thanks for being a part of my village.

Win a Palm Treo Smartphone

Palm is giving away a couple Treos to the top contributors to the microblog they ran during last week’s Consumer Electronics Show. I was one of eight contributors with enough posts to be eligible to win a Treo, but I won’t be able to win one without help from you. Don’t look behind yourself. I’m talking to YOU.

Here’s the beauty of this: voting earns you a chance to win a Treo too.  

Just send an email like this:

To: microblog at palm dot com

Subject: Vote for Ed (Technology Evangelist)

Body: Your name and address.

If this isn’t clear, find more information on the Palm Microblog, or on Technology Evangelist.

I don’t know what the chances of winning are, but I imagine they’re pretty darn good. It’s certainly worth the time it takes to send a simple email.