Re: Deliberate Brick
The very idea that you should have to use a 3rd-party service to configure your equipment is just wrong in itself. Doesn't matter whether you have to pay for the service or not, although your example shows a major reason WHY it is so bad.
It's one thing that was so much better on the PalmOS compared to the Android/iOS environments we have now. You could sync all your information locally to your PC with a simple serial or USB cable, and no dependence on squirting your data to a dirt-floor shack in Bangalore (or worse yet, a snooping server run by the CCP). Sure, you can set up something like NextCloud, but under PalmOS you didn't even have to do that.
I've long suggested we need a PalmOS-API superset for Android that would allow us to restore that functionality. Then we could go back to locally-managed contacts, notes, to-do lists, etc, and keep them out of the hands of snoops and companies looking to screw us over whenever possible.