Sync-dependent Sidekick owners are getting the bad news that their online data is probably permanently lost. Danger and its parent company Microsoft suffered a server failure and apparently were not prepared for the inevitable rainy day that cloud computing brings.
T-Mobile has promised to credit for a month’s worth of data service to active Sidekick owners, but that is of little comfort to those who are functioning in a state of cyber-amnesia due to the data loss.
Users of cloud services, including iPhone owners with MobileMe, Exchange ActiveSync, Google Gmail/Calendar and so on should be sure that important data is backed up locally.
Local backup may be the only silver lining in a cloud crash.