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?