Where the heck is Scoble?

The Vista Office blog asks “what is going on here?” I was traveling from Las Vegas yesterday. I was just burned out and tired. So I took a day off from looking at my computer.

Whenever you see a story that says 60% of any OS is gonna be rewritten you should demand that the journalist who wrote that be immediately and publicly fired. Totally 100% incompetent. Did NOT do their homework.

There is NO WAY a major OS can be rewritten without breaking everything and certainly not in a short time frame. Such a rewrite would take a decade to make work right and I doubt it would even after that.

I’m sorry I took off a day, but I’m glad to see that some people, like Dave Winer, understand just how ridiculous this headline is.

By the way, this kind of story is why I put my cell phone on my blog (it’s always on the right side of my blog). You are free to call it when you see this kind of news story and get me off of a blog vacation and wake me up.

On the other hand, Paul Thurrott calls me the “kiss of death.” Well, gee, Paul, isn’t that nice! Heheh. How come my “kiss” never works when I say nice things about our competitors?

Update: Bob, in my comments on this post, asked why Microsoft hasn’t asked for a retraction. Let’s be very clear. We ARE asking for a retraction. But the damage is already done by this story. The retraction won’t be seen by nearly as many people as will see this story. That’s why I think we need to go further.

A journalist and an editor needs to be fired.

In fact, two journalists and editors need to be fired since the story is now being rewritten without any brains being engaged.

226 thoughts on “Where the heck is Scoble?

  1. Better late than never, it looks like the media world are finally discovering just how untrustworthy David Richards is.

    It appears he’s been stealing stories from other news organizations and then pretending he wrote them, for years. The claim is that he’s plagiarized hundreds of stories by copying and pasting. He claims that it wasn’t him, his PC was hacked…

  2. Better late than never, it looks like the media world are finally discovering just how untrustworthy David Richards is.

    It appears he’s been stealing stories from other news organizations and then pretending he wrote them, for years. The claim is that he’s plagiarized hundreds of stories by copying and pasting. He claims that it wasn’t him, his PC was hacked…

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  7. In other news from inside MSFT, a “Microsoft insider” has revealed that there is a great bloody altar in the basement of building 4 where kittens and puppies are being sacrificed around the clock in a frantic attempt to appease the Dark Gods of QA to reduce their threshhold for quality from “60% needs to be re-written” to “10% needs to be re-written”.

    Hey, if they’ll buy the first story, they’ll buy this one too.

  8. In other news from inside MSFT, a “Microsoft insider” has revealed that there is a great bloody altar in the basement of building 4 where kittens and puppies are being sacrificed around the clock in a frantic attempt to appease the Dark Gods of QA to reduce their threshhold for quality from “60% needs to be re-written” to “10% needs to be re-written”.

    Hey, if they’ll buy the first story, they’ll buy this one too.

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  10. Who the hell is this Robert Scoble guy? And what track record does he have in breaking stories? He seems great at kissing the backside of Microsoft and telling everyone else how to write stories about his beloved employer. Where is his credibility when clearly he is turned into an emotional wreck every time some one dares to say boo to Microsoft? He even has a Royal “We ARE asking for a retraction”. He or Microsoft? Funny I don’t find Robert Scoble listed in Microsoft’s office spokesperson list. In fact all today we have tried to get a Microsoft executive to speak to us on the record about Vista but they refuse. I wonder why?

    As for Scoble, his is a guy who wants every one to believe that he is the authority on Microsoft. He’s not Mark Smith the former editor of Windows Magazine and a good friend has in the past broken many a good Microsoft yarn and he is not as painful as Scoble to put up with.

    It also appears that Scoble has a bigger ego than Donald Trump and is more emotional than John McEnroe with a bad line call.

    The bottom line is that Microsoft are in deep shit with Vista and both Microsoft and Intel could well have the consumer market taken away from them by one of 4 key players, IBM and Sony, Apple and Google in the near future.

    Despite all the billions in the bank, years of so called research and employees who think that they are god’s gift to the tech world Microsoft has failed the consumer by delivering software that does not work. Microsoft Media Centre is a classic example.

    Even I know from talking to consumers in the CE market that what they want is easy to use entertainment software that works across, vision devices, audio and automation applications.

    What Microsoft has attempted to do is deliver Vista as an all singing all dancing OS for application and entertainment computing when research shows that consumers are NOT interested in application computing when sitting in front of a screen watching a movie or downloading music or playing games.

    If Microsoft were half smart, but then again they do have Scoble on there side they should have initiated a marketing strategy whereby they got consumers to fork up for two OS licence fees. One for application computing the second for a slick entertainment OS, or alternatively thrown the entertainment OS in for free.

    The big fear for both the Windows team and the Xbox team right now is that the likes of IBM and Sony could deliver a stunning easy to use entertainment/automation OS running on a PS3 type box. They already have the IBM Sony developed Cell processor which no one has really seen in action. I am told it is white hot and delivers blistering speed and graphics so I would not be writing Sony off as a key player in the CE and gaming market.

    Or alternatively Apple come along and steal their OS market share in the CE market by delivering a MAC OS media centre type solution running on an Intel Viiv platform. Just imagine the CE market in 3 years time with Apple and Sony IBM going head to head, with Microsoft only getting a look in with the Xbox. It’s highly possible.

    Despite all the billions, years of so called research and stru

  11. Who the hell is this Robert Scoble guy? And what track record does he have in breaking stories? He seems great at kissing the backside of Microsoft and telling everyone else how to write stories about his beloved employer. Where is his credibility when clearly he is turned into an emotional wreck every time some one dares to say boo to Microsoft? He even has a Royal “We ARE asking for a retraction”. He or Microsoft? Funny I don’t find Robert Scoble listed in Microsoft’s office spokesperson list. In fact all today we have tried to get a Microsoft executive to speak to us on the record about Vista but they refuse. I wonder why?

    As for Scoble, his is a guy who wants every one to believe that he is the authority on Microsoft. He’s not Mark Smith the former editor of Windows Magazine and a good friend has in the past broken many a good Microsoft yarn and he is not as painful as Scoble to put up with.

    It also appears that Scoble has a bigger ego than Donald Trump and is more emotional than John McEnroe with a bad line call.

    The bottom line is that Microsoft are in deep shit with Vista and both Microsoft and Intel could well have the consumer market taken away from them by one of 4 key players, IBM and Sony, Apple and Google in the near future.

    Despite all the billions in the bank, years of so called research and employees who think that they are god’s gift to the tech world Microsoft has failed the consumer by delivering software that does not work. Microsoft Media Centre is a classic example.

    Even I know from talking to consumers in the CE market that what they want is easy to use entertainment software that works across, vision devices, audio and automation applications.

    What Microsoft has attempted to do is deliver Vista as an all singing all dancing OS for application and entertainment computing when research shows that consumers are NOT interested in application computing when sitting in front of a screen watching a movie or downloading music or playing games.

    If Microsoft were half smart, but then again they do have Scoble on there side they should have initiated a marketing strategy whereby they got consumers to fork up for two OS licence fees. One for application computing the second for a slick entertainment OS, or alternatively thrown the entertainment OS in for free.

    The big fear for both the Windows team and the Xbox team right now is that the likes of IBM and Sony could deliver a stunning easy to use entertainment/automation OS running on a PS3 type box. They already have the IBM Sony developed Cell processor which no one has really seen in action. I am told it is white hot and delivers blistering speed and graphics so I would not be writing Sony off as a key player in the CE and gaming market.

    Or alternatively Apple come along and steal their OS market share in the CE market by delivering a MAC OS media centre type solution running on an Intel Viiv platform. Just imagine the CE market in 3 years time with Apple and Sony IBM going head to head, with Microsoft only getting a look in with the Xbox. It’s highly possible.

    Despite all the billions, years of so called research and stru

  12. Robert Scoble,

    I’m only going to say this once, so you had best pay attention:

    Thanks for doing a great job! You and Lord Raymond Chen are my favorite MS bloggers! Hang in there, for I assure you there are those among us who appreciate your hard work!

    James

  13. Robert Scoble,

    I’m only going to say this once, so you had best pay attention:

    Thanks for doing a great job! You and Lord Raymond Chen are my favorite MS bloggers! Hang in there, for I assure you there are those among us who appreciate your hard work!

    James

  14. After Vista and Office get delayed, instead of a thoughtful measured response, Scoble goes half-cocked on some journalist that danced the usual idle speculational game. If you turned the tables and yanked every Evangelist Marketer for playing vaporware fuzzy number games, you’d be firing half of Microsoft. That Vista-delay Press Release blaming ‘Industry Deployment’ practices was quite the double-take.

    Mean, sensationalist, knee-jerk, shrill and attack dog, ouch. Dave Winer rubbing off on you. The fact that you are a happy-go-lucky fun-guy teddy bear in person is your saving grace, as it sure doesn’t come thru on the blog. Kiss of Death indeed.

    And you are a dimwit Marketing guy, this was sorta a pointless no-hit story, until you decided to toss it on the front page with the controversy. Crying bloody murder makes things headlines, you should know that. MP3′s were nothing, domain of the geek, until Napster was sued, getting it headlines and millions and millions of users, making P2P impossible to stop no matter how many 12 year old girls they decide to sue. Quietly dismissing, and it’s onto the new topic, screaming, and demanding someone’s head, well people will think some truth to it. Your loud rants actually produce the opposite impact. This is what people call, irony.

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