Android as an operating system has been very good to we smartphone enthusiasts. Android stepped in to fill the gap caused by Microsoft taking away external memory support for its Windows Phone OS. Prior to that the Windows Mobile OS had full support for external memory cards and had succeeded in cruising past PALM as the up and coming OS for smartphone enthusiasts. Enthusiasts left Microsoft in droves once they eliminated external memory support from their Phone OS. Google in all its wisdom is following the same path having eliminated write access to external memory cards. Once Google finally puts its foot down and removes external memory support all together as they have implied they wish to do for our own good of course, well, as I said in this threads title; History repeats itself. Now if we could just convince the carriers that rooting is not a valid reason to invalidate your warranty I'd be giving Cyanogenmod a good looking at.