Sad Story

Karthik Kumar karthikkumar at
Thu Dec 11 12:34:58 CET 2008

One of the things I would like to say here is that if Openmoko had
actually made the OS & hardware work pretty reliably,  we might at
least be able to program it for such things (protection and what not)

Else it's just a matter of time before all Freerunners are stolen and
nothing could be done about that.

I wish Openmoko would release a stable version in gta02 than fiddle
around with gta03. I suspect they should have done this to the owners
of the neo1973 as well.


On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM, Karthik Kumar <karthikkumar at> wrote:
> I wouldn't worry about the robber coming home and beating you up for a
> USB charger at all. It looks like many el-cheapo phones (<$60) come
> with USB chargers and cables which also work with the Freerunner. That
> makes it easier to steal the Freerunner though :(
> Keeping a poison-pill splash screen sounds like a great idea. Maybe
> you could keep a screaming sound too (Help! I'm stolen) which can be
> disabled if u quickly pressed some keys/parts of the screen when it
> boots up. Of course, if you're lazy to do that, you could be in
> trouble for stealing your own phone.
> On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 4:27 AM, Yorick Moko <yorickmoko at> wrote:
>> since there is a mini-usb port the robber will be able to find it out;
>> he'll probably beat you to death for wasting his time with something
>> that vagely looks like like a phone but that he can't get to work as
>> one even after tinkering with it for months :)
>> On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 11:15 PM, Joachim Ott <jo.omsl at> wrote:
>>> Putting your address on the splash screen could turn into a poison pill for
>>> yourself. The robber could come to your house and beat you with a pair of
>>> tennis shoes until you tell him where you have the charger.
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