Two days ago, EvanWasHere posted a story in the Gothamist Forums about his friend's stolen Sidekick. His friend left the Sidekick in a cab, and somehow, it ended up in the hands of some other people who decided to enjoy it. Little did the, er, "new owners" of the Sidekick realize that any information they sent would still be recorded and captured by the T-Mobile servers So Evan posted the photographs, AOL name and some MySpace accounts he connected onto How NOT to steal a SideKick II, and has been updating it. Here's a quick rundown:
- He's threatened by the "new owner"'s brother (we think - the story is very complicated)
- The new owner claims she bought it from a cabbie and refuses to give it back, because then she'd be losing money
- Interns from news services have been contacting Evan about interviews
- People have crashing his forums, leading him to accept Paypal donations to keep a brand new forum up and running
- Evan is getting very little sleep, as he updates the saga very regularly
Ah, technology. As our friend Dan points out, this is a good counterpoint to the "OH MY GOD THE SIDEKICK IS INSECURE EVERYTHING IS BACKED UP ON THE WEB SERVER" freak-out after Paris Hilton's Sidekick was hacked. And let this be a lesson to you: Make sure you have your belongings with you when you leave your cab. And that your info is synced up. Or something.