Better mail than jail

Drew Bell unsubscribes.

Roy Schestowitz unsubscribes and goes even further: “[Scoble's] reputation is overrated. When it comes to technology, I found that Scoble cannot tell his ass from his face.”

My reply? First I want to reply to a couple others he made. The reason I’m on WordPress is cause Matt Mullenweg won a contest I held a few months back (he’s the guy who developed WordPress). Not to mention that it was getting talked up a LOT by people who I trust (and still is). Oh, and I LIKE Matt Mullenweg and the folks he’s been hiring. Just like I like the folks over at Six Apart (my book blog is on TypePad). And just like I like the folks over at MSN Spaces (my wife’s blog is on that).

The second thing of Roy’s I’d like to reply to is his link to an article that says that there’s a back door in Vista. This is absolutely NOT true. I have been interviewing tons of people in the BitLocker team about that article and I’ll have the video up soon.

It’s amazing the kinds of rumors that get started and just how much effort needs to be spent trying to fight rumors that are totally not true (and, if any technologist spends five minutes THINKING they can see why putting a back door into source code is just NOT a good idea. But the “Microsoft is evil” view of the world is just not conducive to doing some critical thinking).

It’s a lot easier to call Microsoft advocates names and say they are lying and are corporate shills and all that. Or imply it by just saying I don’t know my face from my behind.

Regarding my skills as a technologist. I’ve done more than 500 video interviews that are all in the public eye and mostly unedited and filmed in one take — most of which are an hour long and have a lot of back and forth and I NEVER prepare, so all the questions are off the top of my head (except for the Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer ones, where I went in with a list of questions and then went impromptu halfway through each of those interviews). With diverse subjects and interviewees from Kernel architects to Xbox game developers to hardware designers to beer makers.

You try doing that many interviews with that diverse a set of technologists without knowing the difference between my ass and my face. But, just proves the old adage that you can’t please everyone all of the time no matter what you do.

That said, no, I don’t write software so if we’re gonna get into that kind of pissing match, I’ll lose. Doesn’t mean I don’t know enough to at least know the issues. I worked as an associate editor at Visual Basic Programmer’s Journal for a few years and learned quite a bit about software engineering back then (and, a lot since then too).

Personally I’m glad that Roy is an advocate for non-Microsoft technologies. I’d hate it if he was using these kinds of tactics on our side of the fence.

If I ever see a Microsoft advocate treat someone advocating another platform this way I’ll personally rail on them. That’s not a tactic that’s acceptable.

What do you think? Does this kind of tactic persuade you to switch operating systems?

177 thoughts on “Better mail than jail

  1. Go Robert Go! I think just the fact that you put yourself out here every day, for the world to comment on, try to implode, critique, and basically tear down is amazing. I am by no means as technically adept as many of the people who read this blog, but I come here to learn new stuff, to see interesting conversation, and to see what Microsoft is doing before they do it. And I get that.

    As for anyone who is trying to rip anyone else down in hopes of bringing yourself up, I say there is plenty of pie for all of you to enjoy. Microsoft has it’s place, Apple has it’s place, and so does Linux. There’s room for all of us to play nice in this big sandbox of the world. We can go a lot further if we work together to try to take things to the next level than if we try to rip each other apart.

  2. Go Robert Go! I think just the fact that you put yourself out here every day, for the world to comment on, try to implode, critique, and basically tear down is amazing. I am by no means as technically adept as many of the people who read this blog, but I come here to learn new stuff, to see interesting conversation, and to see what Microsoft is doing before they do it. And I get that.

    As for anyone who is trying to rip anyone else down in hopes of bringing yourself up, I say there is plenty of pie for all of you to enjoy. Microsoft has it’s place, Apple has it’s place, and so does Linux. There’s room for all of us to play nice in this big sandbox of the world. We can go a lot further if we work together to try to take things to the next level than if we try to rip each other apart.

  3. What I have always found interesting about the fanatical anti-Microsoft crowd is that they hurt there own cause way more than Microsoft’s by the way they express themselves. How many businesses that were considering using Linux have been turned off by the tactics Linux zealots use to attack Microsoft? I will bet far more than were convinced by such inane rhetoric.

  4. What I have always found interesting about the fanatical anti-Microsoft crowd is that they hurt there own cause way more than Microsoft’s by the way they express themselves. How many businesses that were considering using Linux have been turned off by the tactics Linux zealots use to attack Microsoft? I will bet far more than were convinced by such inane rhetoric.

  5. Anon: glad you admit you aren’t being intellectually honest and are just out to destroy Microsoft, no matter the means you need to use to do just that. Tomorrow morning when you wake up, can you look yourself in the mirror and say you are any better morally than what you are trying to destroy?

    There ARE objective security sites out there, by the way, that track vulnerabilities. For you to assume we have bought them all off is just totally intellectually dishonest. But, glad you admitted that to the world. At least we are getting someplace here.

  6. Anon: glad you admit you aren’t being intellectually honest and are just out to destroy Microsoft, no matter the means you need to use to do just that. Tomorrow morning when you wake up, can you look yourself in the mirror and say you are any better morally than what you are trying to destroy?

    There ARE objective security sites out there, by the way, that track vulnerabilities. For you to assume we have bought them all off is just totally intellectually dishonest. But, glad you admitted that to the world. At least we are getting someplace here.

  7. Hey Robert!

    Keep doing what your doing. Who cares about the A-list, who cares about the good the bad and the ugly. Its a big world out there, there is space for everyone.

    Do you know what the best bit about the internet is, there’s an off button. Everyone has a right to associate themselves with whomever they wish. And in fact they can say whatever they want, and they can even get nasty sometimes. Whatever, just switch it off.

    The world is better with you in it so keep going.

    Note: I don’t agree with every single thing you have ever said, but that is the beauty of the blogosphere. If I wanted, I could call you on it and get locked in healthy debate, or I could forget about it. However I think getting all mudslingy and nasty is counter-productive and that is the real ugly.

    Why can’t we just get along?

  8. Hey Robert!

    Keep doing what your doing. Who cares about the A-list, who cares about the good the bad and the ugly. Its a big world out there, there is space for everyone.

    Do you know what the best bit about the internet is, there’s an off button. Everyone has a right to associate themselves with whomever they wish. And in fact they can say whatever they want, and they can even get nasty sometimes. Whatever, just switch it off.

    The world is better with you in it so keep going.

    Note: I don’t agree with every single thing you have ever said, but that is the beauty of the blogosphere. If I wanted, I could call you on it and get locked in healthy debate, or I could forget about it. However I think getting all mudslingy and nasty is counter-productive and that is the real ugly.

    Why can’t we just get along?

  9. Anon: you totally misunderstand my role here. I’m +not+ qualified. But, I do know who is. And I’ve spent more than an hour with them. And they say that the idea that they’d — on purpose — put a back door into Windows Vista is just plain nuts. And, talking with other people who THINK about software development, that point of view is verified. But you’ll soon be able to see an interview I did with the team so you’ll be able to judge my role for yourself.

    OK, but you do realize that prior versions of Windows had backdoors even though Microsoft denied it?

    Anon: that data is out on the Internet on sites that track security vulnerabilities.

    Oh come on, Scoble. Thousands of Microsoft bloggers shilling for Microsoft every waking hour of the day. Heck, //dead people// wrote in support of Microsoft after the antitrust trial. Microsoft employees rigged a .net poll on zdnet. I mean, look at your posts – you’re snide to every larger tech company out there either by directly criticizing them or saying your son or wife don’t like them.

    BTW, how many 747s do Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have. Can you ask them?

    Oh, and please don’t take the tone of my message as a sign of disrespect to you personally. I have tremendous admiration for what you’re doing in general, I just don’t like who you’re doing it for.

  10. Anon: you totally misunderstand my role here. I’m +not+ qualified. But, I do know who is. And I’ve spent more than an hour with them. And they say that the idea that they’d — on purpose — put a back door into Windows Vista is just plain nuts. And, talking with other people who THINK about software development, that point of view is verified. But you’ll soon be able to see an interview I did with the team so you’ll be able to judge my role for yourself.

    OK, but you do realize that prior versions of Windows had backdoors even though Microsoft denied it?

    Anon: that data is out on the Internet on sites that track security vulnerabilities.

    Oh come on, Scoble. Thousands of Microsoft bloggers shilling for Microsoft every waking hour of the day. Heck, //dead people// wrote in support of Microsoft after the antitrust trial. Microsoft employees rigged a .net poll on zdnet. I mean, look at your posts – you’re snide to every larger tech company out there either by directly criticizing them or saying your son or wife don’t like them.

    BTW, how many 747s do Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have. Can you ask them?

    Oh, and please don’t take the tone of my message as a sign of disrespect to you personally. I have tremendous admiration for what you’re doing in general, I just don’t like who you’re doing it for.

  11. Don, I’m very serious about my salary. And, I am flattered by people who say I’m not getting what I’m worth! I find that most companies don’t want to increase your pay until you call them on it. The problem is, to call them on it you need to have something else in the bag. I also find that the more I chase dollars, the less happy I am. I’m living a fun life cause I chase fun experiences. That’s how I get paid back.

    Oh, and the world’s richest man didn’t get there by paying more than he has to. :-)

  12. Don, I’m very serious about my salary. And, I am flattered by people who say I’m not getting what I’m worth! I find that most companies don’t want to increase your pay until you call them on it. The problem is, to call them on it you need to have something else in the bag. I also find that the more I chase dollars, the less happy I am. I’m living a fun life cause I chase fun experiences. That’s how I get paid back.

    Oh, and the world’s richest man didn’t get there by paying more than he has to. :-)

  13. “68. Geektalker. I make less than $100,000 a year in salary. Hope that helps.”

    Either you mean salary like Bill Clinton meant he didn’t have sex, or you need me to help you renegotiate. Your package has got to be way way better than that or you aren’t getting what you are worth. Give me a call and we can negotiate something reasonable for you. Don’t you work for the richest man in the world? He must appreciate your value.

  14. “68. Geektalker. I make less than $100,000 a year in salary. Hope that helps.”

    Either you mean salary like Bill Clinton meant he didn’t have sex, or you need me to help you renegotiate. Your package has got to be way way better than that or you aren’t getting what you are worth. Give me a call and we can negotiate something reasonable for you. Don’t you work for the richest man in the world? He must appreciate your value.

  15. met: exactly my point. Lots of people assume that the Alisters are working together to keep the Z list down. I saw lots of people call us “gatekeepers.” Doc Searls pointed at tons of that kind of comments a few weeks back. I think that’s pretty funny. If you’re good you’ll go to the top of the list within a few weeks. Did anyone know who Foldera was 16 days ago? No.

  16. met: exactly my point. Lots of people assume that the Alisters are working together to keep the Z list down. I saw lots of people call us “gatekeepers.” Doc Searls pointed at tons of that kind of comments a few weeks back. I think that’s pretty funny. If you’re good you’ll go to the top of the list within a few weeks. Did anyone know who Foldera was 16 days ago? No.

  17. Ahh, I can see Goebbels where you’re coming from. But, you’re being pedantic. Any one of my readers can click on that link and see what he actually said. It’s pretty clear there was at least the implication that there’d be a back door in Vista. But, you’re right on the face of it. Sorry.

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