02/14/2011, 06:58 PM
Originally Posted by hparsons
These two bits out of your post give me cognitive dissonance, the first talking about teenage couples and angry post-breakup bathroom scribblings, the second seemingly conflating the honesty and the attractiveness of a Dev Relations person from Palm. I agree with you in that 1) I believe that she speaks the sincere truth as she knows it, and 2) I believe that she's deeply committed to the development environment and to empowering developers. However, for me, her personal appearance is not part of this equation. I follow her on twitter not from infatuation, but because she and the several other Palm employees I follow provide interesting information and commentary.
Originally Posted by hparsons
Changing gears, so far as I'm concerned, each person gets to make the choice to stay or go based on their own private criteria, whether those criteria make sense to me or not. I'm not going to tell anyone that they're stupid for leaving. I'm not going to tell anyone that they're stupid for staying. After all, a smartphone is just a very useful tool. There is, IMHO, no invalid reason for deciding to change models or manufacturers.
What I see as a problem for Palm/HP is that many, many people are leaving right now, and that's a reality that HP needs to face. Even if people are leaving for stupid reasons, it's still a reality that HP needs to face, because this is doing (again IMHO) incalculable harm to the WebOS ecosystem.
It may be that HP and/or Jon Rubinstein has made a "business decision" that even if they lose all of the current users, they either don't care or feel like they had no better choice, and they believe that they can start with a total reset of the userbase and still bring WebOS to be a major player in the marketplace. In fact, I kind of suspect this is the case, and that some folks from Palm, who appreciate their sometimes fanatical fan base, are trying to do what is within their ability to make things right. The key phrase is "what is within their ability."
I've been sitting on an upgrade for six months. My Pre(-) is still working and it still mostly kind of meets my needs. I wouldn't burn an upgrade for a Pre2, even if it were available on Sprint. I would upgrade to a Pre2 for a nominal fee if I didn't have to burn an upgrade to do so. My Pre still works, but I seriously doubt it will last until the beginning of summer, let alone "summer" (which could be anywhere from May to early September -- if there are no delays and if it's released on Sprint in "summer"). I'm facing the reality that if my Pre dies, since I will not go without a smartphone for months to wait for another one which may or may not be released within a deliberately vague schedule, and since I won't (and anyway cannot) change carriers, I'll have little choice but to go to Android. No emotion is involved in this statement. It's just my reality. Your reality is different, and I respect that.