08/30/2015, 12:34 PM
I have never been one of these people who buys every phone on launch day, but I did for the original Palm Pre. I even jumped ship from my mobile carrier in order to do it, and I didn't regret it. Eventually, I went the way of the iPhone when Sprint proved to have feet of clay, and later to a Moto X. There is no denying that some of the Google user study work that went into the design of the Moto X made it (as launched in 2013 with KitKat) one of the most usable handsets ever manufactured.
Still, something was missing. I have always wanted a hardware keyboard, and as comfortable as I am with QNX, I didn't want a BlackBerry. I'm a security guy by background, so it's not like I hadn't thought about it though.
Now Motorola is Lenovo, and the Moto X, originally marketed around being able to fit in one's hand, has become yet-another gigantic slab of rectangular glass. To make matters worse, the original usability functions of the Moto X under KitKat have been broken in the process of harmonizing the handset with the Lollipop codebase.
I'm fed up. So I just bought a Pre 3. I have no illusions about the work that it will take to make it usable enough to depend on it for business use, but that's what I'm going to do, if I can.
Perhaps I should post this in the Open webOS discussion, but I hate to take up two threads, and I suspect most of the diehards are in here anyway, but there is one big open issue.
Some of my colleagues in the security world observed some pretty serious oversights on previous webOS platforms. I'm wondering whether there is actual interest and openness in this community to someone taking some time to assess and report on the security situation of the platform.
I don't have a lot of time, but I care about this platform and am willing to put some time in, and it just so happens that in my circle of friends, I can't swing a cat without hitting a penetration tester (which I used to do years ago).
So there's my story. I just want to know that if I make a good faith effort to try to help us make the platform better, I won't be met with pitchforks and torches in the event I show up to the party with bad news. I think the good news is that some of the places where I believe there to be issues may be some of the easiest ones to fix, but you never know until you get there.
I am a part of a number of dedicated communities trying to learn from the lessons of superior technologies that didn't quite make it in the market. In fact I have a sort of informal museum of technologies at home that fit this description. (Don't even get me started about OS/2 Warp Connect.)
I want you all to know that this community, and the webos-internals crew as a whole are some of the most inspiring, professional people with whom I have ever had the pleasure of interacting.