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  1. Errmps, I had the email text quite awhile ago. :) Missed Ozzie memos tho, pointless as they were.

  2. Errmps, I had the email text quite awhile ago. :) Missed Ozzie memos tho, pointless as they were.

  3. You know I could toss a libel suit your way for things like that.

    Hardly a retraction. They got tired of your pinpricking, and let you have a say. He said, they said. Always the last word. Damn.

    Robert Scoble emailed us on October 25. Scoble said “Andy Orlowski…printed an email that he claims came from my hand, but didn’t”. Scoble also said he was not contacted about this story: “Andy never checked with me to see if I, indeed, did write that email.” We are happy to print his comments.

  4. You know I could toss a libel suit your way for things like that.

    Hardly a retraction. They got tired of your pinpricking, and let you have a say. He said, they said. Always the last word. Damn.

    Robert Scoble emailed us on October 25. Scoble said “Andy Orlowski…printed an email that he claims came from my hand, but didn’t”. Scoble also said he was not contacted about this story: “Andy never checked with me to see if I, indeed, did write that email.” We are happy to print his comments.

  5. It’s not libel. I have the email proving it’s you. And I have free lawyers, so if you wanna go at it, be my guest. One look and a judge will laugh.

  6. Oh burden of proof is quite high. And the discovery process would be quite interesting. First you say “you or someone else”, but then you go “you”. ;)

    Can’t you freaking move on?

  7. Oh burden of proof is quite high. And the discovery process would be quite interesting. First you say “you or someone else”, but then you go “you”. ;)

    Can’t you freaking move on?

  8. I am not going to tit for tat argue. Believe whatever fantasy makes you somehow happy. But trial by blog is a scary thing, doncha think? All I will say. Already ruining a thread, on your big company memos. And the mere discovery process, all your emails, publically open, would be enough to get MFST to Burst-like settle. So don’t push me.

  9. I am not going to tit for tat argue. Believe whatever fantasy makes you somehow happy. But trial by blog is a scary thing, doncha think? All I will say. Already ruining a thread, on your big company memos. And the mere discovery process, all your emails, publically open, would be enough to get MFST to Burst-like settle. So don’t push me.

  10. Chris: so I take that as you aren’t going to apologize. OK. By the way, my email would make very boring reading. I think some guy at the DOJ is already bored to tears. I could use some help answering it, though. Got 400+ still to go through.

  11. Chris: so I take that as you aren’t going to apologize. OK. By the way, my email would make very boring reading. I think some guy at the DOJ is already bored to tears. I could use some help answering it, though. Got 400+ still to go through.

  12. Here’s one…how about a sincere apology from MS for the recent Windows Media bullshit? No “oh it was some low level lone wolf” excuse that’s just insulting to anyone with a brain.

    How about “We shouldn’t have even tried this and we’re sorry” on the main WM page? Just ONCE, how about MS admit it screwed up, like a friggin’ adult, instead of finger pointing. Hell, Jobs did that at a *Macworld Keynote* for the Cube. Said it was a mistake, and it was gone.

    Why is that so hard?

  13. Here’s one…how about a sincere apology from MS for the recent Windows Media bullshit? No “oh it was some low level lone wolf” excuse that’s just insulting to anyone with a brain.

    How about “We shouldn’t have even tried this and we’re sorry” on the main WM page? Just ONCE, how about MS admit it screwed up, like a friggin’ adult, instead of finger pointing. Hell, Jobs did that at a *Macworld Keynote* for the Cube. Said it was a mistake, and it was gone.

    Why is that so hard?

  14. It’s a matter of pride. Never apologize, no matter how much you f*cked up. For big companies like Microsoft, apologizing would be a sign of weakness – why not just shove it under the rug like Scoble does with the rest of the Microsoft dirt (that he never mentions, of course)!

  15. It’s a matter of pride. Never apologize, no matter how much you f*cked up. For big companies like Microsoft, apologizing would be a sign of weakness – why not just shove it under the rug like Scoble does with the rest of the Microsoft dirt (that he never mentions, of course)!

  16. Yeah… they are trying to walk and talk like those who are “owning the conversation” right now, but without embracing the true openness, it’s still the same turd only with a pretty bow wrapped around it.

    There’s not much of a reason for a startup to choose Windows over Linux. At the point you are starting up, you want to keep your expenses as low as possible. Even if you purchase those terrible “business starter packs”, it’ll only get you up to ten people, then you’ll have to start shelling out the big bucks for extra CALs.

    It’s easier for a startup just to say “we’ll go Linux” for all the web and domain servers. It’s nice to have a few grand extra in the bank every year! Plus when you are scaling your application out, you just toss in a CAL-free extra server – no shelling out for a second copy of W2k3 (expensive, again).

  17. Yeah… they are trying to walk and talk like those who are “owning the conversation” right now, but without embracing the true openness, it’s still the same turd only with a pretty bow wrapped around it.

    There’s not much of a reason for a startup to choose Windows over Linux. At the point you are starting up, you want to keep your expenses as low as possible. Even if you purchase those terrible “business starter packs”, it’ll only get you up to ten people, then you’ll have to start shelling out the big bucks for extra CALs.

    It’s easier for a startup just to say “we’ll go Linux” for all the web and domain servers. It’s nice to have a few grand extra in the bank every year! Plus when you are scaling your application out, you just toss in a CAL-free extra server – no shelling out for a second copy of W2k3 (expensive, again).

  18. BTW, it also looks like Apache is creeping closer to the 80% market share point too:

    http://news.netcraft.com/archives/web_server_survey.html

    It’s interesting if you consider some of the major “memed” sites out there right now. Notice that Windows plays no part in their success. If Windows is so much better than Linux, why aren’t these major movers using it? Sounds to me like Windows doesn’t scale…

    digg.com: FreeBSD
    http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://digg.com

    memeorandum: Linux
    http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://memeorandum.com

    Technorati: Linux
    http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://technorati.com

    Flickr: Linux
    http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://flickr.com

  19. BTW, it also looks like Apache is creeping closer to the 80% market share point too:

    http://news.netcraft.com/archives/web_server_survey.html

    It’s interesting if you consider some of the major “memed” sites out there right now. Notice that Windows plays no part in their success. If Windows is so much better than Linux, why aren’t these major movers using it? Sounds to me like Windows doesn’t scale…

    digg.com: FreeBSD
    http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://digg.com

    memeorandum: Linux
    http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://memeorandum.com

    Technorati: Linux
    http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://technorati.com

    Flickr: Linux
    http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://flickr.com

  20. Also note that each and every one of those “software as a service” sites shipped with Firefox support from DAY 1. Many of them shipped with Safari and Opera support too!

    Microsoft is trying to follow a pack of leaders, but they are stuck with their own servers (that the new leaders aren’t willing to pay for) and they only target IE for their initial releases. I think it’s obvious why they are scared.

  21. Also note that each and every one of those “software as a service” sites shipped with Firefox support from DAY 1. Many of them shipped with Safari and Opera support too!

    Microsoft is trying to follow a pack of leaders, but they are stuck with their own servers (that the new leaders aren’t willing to pay for) and they only target IE for their initial releases. I think it’s obvious why they are scared.

  22. Hey Scoble, I saw this press release about the MSN video player today and realized this is another area with Microsoft is going the wrong direction. MSN Video plays only with IE on Windows. If you’re using an alternative browser or are on a Mac, you’re screwed if you want to watch video. Worst of all, WMP for Mac is a pile of crap that always gives lower quality streams than its Windows counterpart.

    This MSN Video player needs to go. It’s way too demanding of a specific platform and browser. Either make it work on IE, Firefox, and Safari (and release a decent WMP for Mac) or just trash the damn thing and encourage sites to use Flash for video instead. My local CBS affiliate recently started using Flash for their video streams online and it works great. The videos are nicely integrated in the web page and I can view them on any platform or browser.

    I think streaming technologies like H.264 or WMV9 are great for longer streams, but for short 5-10 minute clips–which is usually what MSN Video offers–Flash is the way to go now.

  23. Hey Scoble, I saw this press release about the MSN video player today and realized this is another area with Microsoft is going the wrong direction. MSN Video plays only with IE on Windows. If you’re using an alternative browser or are on a Mac, you’re screwed if you want to watch video. Worst of all, WMP for Mac is a pile of crap that always gives lower quality streams than its Windows counterpart.

    This MSN Video player needs to go. It’s way too demanding of a specific platform and browser. Either make it work on IE, Firefox, and Safari (and release a decent WMP for Mac) or just trash the damn thing and encourage sites to use Flash for video instead. My local CBS affiliate recently started using Flash for their video streams online and it works great. The videos are nicely integrated in the web page and I can view them on any platform or browser.

    I think streaming technologies like H.264 or WMV9 are great for longer streams, but for short 5-10 minute clips–which is usually what MSN Video offers–Flash is the way to go now.

  24. “You know I could toss a libel suit your way for things like that.”

    No, you can’t. He asked you a question. Chris, did you steal my newspaper today? Are you going to now sue me for calling you a thief?

    But even if it wasn’t a question, Scoble can go so far as to publicly say on his blog “I think Christopher Coulter did this” and still not be sued for libel. You are allowed to air your opinions as much as you want. You post on his blog; you open yourself up for critisism. You have no right to not be questioned.

  25. “You know I could toss a libel suit your way for things like that.”

    No, you can’t. He asked you a question. Chris, did you steal my newspaper today? Are you going to now sue me for calling you a thief?

    But even if it wasn’t a question, Scoble can go so far as to publicly say on his blog “I think Christopher Coulter did this” and still not be sued for libel. You are allowed to air your opinions as much as you want. You post on his blog; you open yourself up for critisism. You have no right to not be questioned.

  26. Richard, thanks for the “legal advice”, but I am receiving some of my own, thank you. Anyways, I can’t comment further on this matter, so egging on won’t solicit a response.

  27. Richard, thanks for the “legal advice”, but I am receiving some of my own, thank you. Anyways, I can’t comment further on this matter, so egging on won’t solicit a response.

  28. “You never apologized to me and you owe me one.”

    Speaking of which, Scoble, you still owe me $100. You still owe me ONE HUNDRED BIG ONES!

    Are you going to apologize for welching on a bet? Are you going to pay me? Are you going to admit you are welching on a fair bet made in public on your blog? Are you going to admit that you are hiding from a perfectly valid compromise offer?

    No? Then shut up about Chris, hypocrite.

  29. “You never apologized to me and you owe me one.”

    Speaking of which, Scoble, you still owe me $100. You still owe me ONE HUNDRED BIG ONES!

    Are you going to apologize for welching on a bet? Are you going to pay me? Are you going to admit you are welching on a fair bet made in public on your blog? Are you going to admit that you are hiding from a perfectly valid compromise offer?

    No? Then shut up about Chris, hypocrite.

  30. I never claimed to give legal advice. However, I’m aware of the laws surrounding libel and slander, having been a journalist for several years and receiving multiple threats from huge corporations (and crazy activist lawyers). I’m not egging you on. In fact, I’m hoping you’ll keep your mouth shut rather than spouting empty threats in these comments.

  31. I never claimed to give legal advice. However, I’m aware of the laws surrounding libel and slander, having been a journalist for several years and receiving multiple threats from huge corporations (and crazy activist lawyers). I’m not egging you on. In fact, I’m hoping you’ll keep your mouth shut rather than spouting empty threats in these comments.

  32. John: Misquoting? How about fabricating an email out of thin air and then doing a slash piece about me based on that? Yeah, that’s journalism for you at the Register.

  33. John: Misquoting? How about fabricating an email out of thin air and then doing a slash piece about me based on that? Yeah, that’s journalism for you at the Register.

  34. Goebbels: >Are you going to pay me? Are you going to admit you are welching on a fair bet made in public on your blog?

    I NEVER said you were going to get that money. I never make bets with people for their own personal gain and I always donate the money to a charity. Name a charity and I’ll donate the money to it. If you don’t name one, I’ll pick one by the end of the month and send a $100 check in your name.

  35. Goebbels: >Are you going to pay me? Are you going to admit you are welching on a fair bet made in public on your blog?

    I NEVER said you were going to get that money. I never make bets with people for their own personal gain and I always donate the money to a charity. Name a charity and I’ll donate the money to it. If you don’t name one, I’ll pick one by the end of the month and send a $100 check in your name.