In days of old when Nokia's Symbian was my mobile OS of choice I was all about SyncML, an open standard for the synchronization of calendars, contacts, notes and tasks. Long before "cloud computing" was the annoying buzzword that it is today I was happily syncing my data to my online account at Memotoo
. Yes, I had to initiate each sync manually and yes, I had to pay for the service. But Memotoo and SyncML gave this nascent freedom beard safe harbour from the clutches of Google and Microsoft Outlook for many years. I didn't even start using Gmail until I switched to Android in 2010.
What does any of this have to do with Firefox OS? Hang on, I'm getting to it!