Why Scoble didn’t get a Zune sponsorship

Oh, now I understand why Microsoft didn’t offer the ScobleShow a Zune sponsorship! Andrew Baron reveals that he was offered such but turned it down because the terms said he wouldn’t be able to say anything disparaging about Microsoft or the Zune. Since I’ve already done both, that leaves me out of the running explicitly.

Lame.

Seagate, for instance, hasn’t told me ANYTHING about what I need to say about them (they are the founding sponsor for my ScobleShow). I could say Seagate sucks. I could say they rock. Or I could say nothing.

That’s why I really appreciate Seagate.

But, while I got Seagate’s CEO listening to see what I WILL say, why don’t you have a go? Got anything to say about Seagate? Anyone have one of their new 750GB drives? I know Thomas Hawk bought two and swears by them. But, here’s the deal. I want to know if their products suck. Why? Cause I can take that feedback to their execs and say “fix this and you’ll increase your brand’s equity.” If you think someone else makes better storage devices, tell the world right here. Even better, link to your blog where we can read why.

Microsoft, I guess, still hasn’t discovered what’s magical about blogs: they let a big company listen in on the word-of-mouth conversation in a way that no one was able to before.

UPDATE: James Robertson says this isn’t the way to turn down a deal cause it blows up all bridges. I don’t agree. You define yourself and your business by the customers you fire. I’m sure that the next sponsorship deal that Andy gets offered will be a lot more like what Seagate gave me than what Microsoft usually offers.

This takes me back to what was so special about Channel 9: that the customers could write “Microsoft sucks” right on the home page and we wouldn’t pull it down.

It’s too bad that Microsoft just doesn’t put Jeff Sandquist in charge of marketing and sponsorships. There’s no way he’d have left that as part of any deal he offered.

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Robert Scoble

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people. Best place to watch me is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

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  1. Let me be the first to write about Seagate. They are excellent. The one thing that I love about Seagate, particularly with hard drives, is their 5 year warranty. That, by it self, it worth paying a few extra bucks for the drive. But it does not stop there – their drives are silent, and compared to my maxtor, their seek times seem better (even though Maxtor advertises better seek time, for some reason, their hard drive just seems SLOW. May be its just me, but I think Seagate rocks in this area).

    The one reservation, though, is that seagate rebates seem to be taking too long lately. My last rebate took over 2 months to arrive – which is quick compared to other companies, but previously seagate rebates were much quicker (I remember they used to arrive in 2-3 weeks!).

    Overall though, Seagate has created a goodwill in my mind, and it will be very tough for another hard drive manufacturer to replace it.

  2. Let me be the first to write about Seagate. They are excellent. The one thing that I love about Seagate, particularly with hard drives, is their 5 year warranty. That, by it self, it worth paying a few extra bucks for the drive. But it does not stop there – their drives are silent, and compared to my maxtor, their seek times seem better (even though Maxtor advertises better seek time, for some reason, their hard drive just seems SLOW. May be its just me, but I think Seagate rocks in this area).

    The one reservation, though, is that seagate rebates seem to be taking too long lately. My last rebate took over 2 months to arrive – which is quick compared to other companies, but previously seagate rebates were much quicker (I remember they used to arrive in 2-3 weeks!).

    Overall though, Seagate has created a goodwill in my mind, and it will be very tough for another hard drive manufacturer to replace it.

  3. Let me be the first to write about Seagate. They are excellent. The one thing that I love about Seagate, particularly with hard drives, is their 5 year warranty. That, by it self, it worth paying a few extra bucks for the drive. But it does not stop there – their drives are silent, and compared to my maxtor, their seek times seem better (even though Maxtor advertises better seek time, for some reason, their hard drive just seems SLOW. May be its just me, but I think Seagate rocks in this area).

    The one reservation, though, is that seagate rebates seem to be taking too long lately. My last rebate took over 2 months to arrive – which is quick compared to other companies, but previously seagate rebates were much quicker (I remember they used to arrive in 2-3 weeks!).

    Overall though, Seagate has created a goodwill in my mind, and it will be very tough for another hard drive manufacturer to replace it.

  4. Why do you keep referring to yourself in the third person? I really wish I could personally dope slap you everytime you do that.

    Who do you think you are, Karl Malone?

    Seriously, who does that?

  5. Why do you keep referring to yourself in the third person? I really wish I could personally dope slap you everytime you do that.

    Who do you think you are, Karl Malone?

    Seriously, who does that?

  6. Why do you keep referring to yourself in the third person? I really wish I could personally dope slap you everytime you do that.

    Who do you think you are, Karl Malone?

    Seriously, who does that?

  7. I’ve purchased a number of Seagate drives over the years and they have been reliable. But I have to say that I don’t really notice much different between drive companies, although I’m not a drive guru by any means. I’ve purchased Seagate, Maxtor, Samsung and Western Digital drives (Internal IDE or SATA) for numerous machines and they have all been reliable. I did purchase a cheap external USB drive from Maxtor that died after 18 months of use. But the Maxtor NAS I bought about 6 months ago is really sweet although not cheap. I’ll spend hours researching the mobo/CPU/memory combo as well as videocards. But when it comes to hard drives, I usually just chose whatever Frys or NewEgg has marked down or has a nice rebate.

  8. I’ve purchased a number of Seagate drives over the years and they have been reliable. But I have to say that I don’t really notice much different between drive companies, although I’m not a drive guru by any means. I’ve purchased Seagate, Maxtor, Samsung and Western Digital drives (Internal IDE or SATA) for numerous machines and they have all been reliable. I did purchase a cheap external USB drive from Maxtor that died after 18 months of use. But the Maxtor NAS I bought about 6 months ago is really sweet although not cheap. I’ll spend hours researching the mobo/CPU/memory combo as well as videocards. But when it comes to hard drives, I usually just chose whatever Frys or NewEgg has marked down or has a nice rebate.

  9. I’ve purchased a number of Seagate drives over the years and they have been reliable. But I have to say that I don’t really notice much different between drive companies, although I’m not a drive guru by any means. I’ve purchased Seagate, Maxtor, Samsung and Western Digital drives (Internal IDE or SATA) for numerous machines and they have all been reliable. I did purchase a cheap external USB drive from Maxtor that died after 18 months of use. But the Maxtor NAS I bought about 6 months ago is really sweet although not cheap. I’ll spend hours researching the mobo/CPU/memory combo as well as videocards. But when it comes to hard drives, I usually just chose whatever Frys or NewEgg has marked down or has a nice rebate.

  10. Dan: interesting thing you noticed. Not sure why I do that. But, now that you made me think about it, my blog and my online reputation (or lack thereof) is something different than who I actually am.

  11. Dan: interesting thing you noticed. Not sure why I do that. But, now that you made me think about it, my blog and my online reputation (or lack thereof) is something different than who I actually am.

  12. Dan: interesting thing you noticed. Not sure why I do that. But, now that you made me think about it, my blog and my online reputation (or lack thereof) is something different than who I actually am.

  13. Actually, when I was looking around for an external hard drive on NewEgg, Western Digital beat Seagate on both price and selection…I wanted a FireWire drive of reasonable size, at a reasonable price, and got a 320 GB for a comparative song. And it was lighted…admittedly a small thing (and certainly not why I chose it), but a nice little touch in the end.

    This, by the way, was the search I used in finding it:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Order=PRICE&Page=1&Category=15&N=2010150414+1035907851&Submit=ENE&Nty=1&SubCategory=414

  14. Actually, when I was looking around for an external hard drive on NewEgg, Western Digital beat Seagate on both price and selection…I wanted a FireWire drive of reasonable size, at a reasonable price, and got a 320 GB for a comparative song. And it was lighted…admittedly a small thing (and certainly not why I chose it), but a nice little touch in the end.

    This, by the way, was the search I used in finding it:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Order=PRICE&Page=1&Category=15&N=2010150414+1035907851&Submit=ENE&Nty=1&SubCategory=414

  15. Actually, when I was looking around for an external hard drive on NewEgg, Western Digital beat Seagate on both price and selection…I wanted a FireWire drive of reasonable size, at a reasonable price, and got a 320 GB for a comparative song. And it was lighted…admittedly a small thing (and certainly not why I chose it), but a nice little touch in the end.

    This, by the way, was the search I used in finding it:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Order=PRICE&Page=1&Category=15&N=2010150414+1035907851&Submit=ENE&Nty=1&SubCategory=414

  16. I don’t and won’t claim to be an expert on all things Microsoft, but this policy seems to be contrary to what Bill wrote in a couple of his books.

    More to the point, this seems like the policy of some weasely manager who is unable to deal with the potential for rejection/increased workload/fill in reason here.

    But, like I said, what the he!! do I know?

  17. I don’t and won’t claim to be an expert on all things Microsoft, but this policy seems to be contrary to what Bill wrote in a couple of his books.

    More to the point, this seems like the policy of some weasely manager who is unable to deal with the potential for rejection/increased workload/fill in reason here.

    But, like I said, what the he!! do I know?

  18. I don’t and won’t claim to be an expert on all things Microsoft, but this policy seems to be contrary to what Bill wrote in a couple of his books.

    More to the point, this seems like the policy of some weasely manager who is unable to deal with the potential for rejection/increased workload/fill in reason here.

    But, like I said, what the he!! do I know?

  19. More specifically regarding Seagate, or as I used to refer to them; Sleazegate.

    I had a server system that had several SCSI Barracuda’s that performed extremely well. No complaints.

    Haven’t had a Seagate since then but not for any reason other than price or availability.

  20. More specifically regarding Seagate, or as I used to refer to them; Sleazegate.

    I had a server system that had several SCSI Barracuda’s that performed extremely well. No complaints.

    Haven’t had a Seagate since then but not for any reason other than price or availability.

  21. More specifically regarding Seagate, or as I used to refer to them; Sleazegate.

    I had a server system that had several SCSI Barracuda’s that performed extremely well. No complaints.

    Haven’t had a Seagate since then but not for any reason other than price or availability.

  22. I have nothing to do w/ the zune marketing, but have to say this is an example where I think people should just slow down a bit and wait for all sides to be explained before jumping to conclusions. Maybe and maybe not, as my sainted Pa used to say….

  23. I have nothing to do w/ the zune marketing, but have to say this is an example where I think people should just slow down a bit and wait for all sides to be explained before jumping to conclusions. Maybe and maybe not, as my sainted Pa used to say….

  24. I have nothing to do w/ the zune marketing, but have to say this is an example where I think people should just slow down a bit and wait for all sides to be explained before jumping to conclusions. Maybe and maybe not, as my sainted Pa used to say….

  25. interesting… A Microsoft hired gun, claims nothing to do with zune marketing, just fired a warning shot at Robert :)

  26. interesting… A Microsoft hired gun, claims nothing to do with zune marketing, just fired a warning shot at Robert :)

  27. interesting… A Microsoft hired gun, claims nothing to do with zune marketing, just fired a warning shot at Robert :)

  28. antimicro: Frank Shaw has played it very straight in his many dealings with me (he told me in IM that he doesn’t know the facts in this case, but is looking into them). I trust Andrew, though, too. So, what that’s telling me is that it should be an interesting week!
    If I get a Zune sponsorship offer, I’ll be transparent about what I’m being asked to do.

  29. antimicro: Frank Shaw has played it very straight in his many dealings with me (he told me in IM that he doesn’t know the facts in this case, but is looking into them). I trust Andrew, though, too. So, what that’s telling me is that it should be an interesting week!
    If I get a Zune sponsorship offer, I’ll be transparent about what I’m being asked to do.

  30. antimicro: Frank Shaw has played it very straight in his many dealings with me (he told me in IM that he doesn’t know the facts in this case, but is looking into them). I trust Andrew, though, too. So, what that’s telling me is that it should be an interesting week!
    If I get a Zune sponsorship offer, I’ll be transparent about what I’m being asked to do.

  31. First they relent and pay the extortion demands of the Music Mafia and now this? It doesn’t say much for how much faith they have in the product. They should just let the product stand on its own and speak for itself. You deal with any punches thrown your way. Part of the conversation, right?

  32. First they relent and pay the extortion demands of the Music Mafia and now this? It doesn’t say much for how much faith they have in the product. They should just let the product stand on its own and speak for itself. You deal with any punches thrown your way. Part of the conversation, right?

  33. First they relent and pay the extortion demands of the Music Mafia and now this? It doesn’t say much for how much faith they have in the product. They should just let the product stand on its own and speak for itself. You deal with any punches thrown your way. Part of the conversation, right?

  34. Does anybody expect that Microsoft would ban advertising in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or USA Today in response to the “nice try” reviews that Zune got last week from David Pogue, Walt Mossberg, and Ed Baig?

    This non-disparagement clause may just be typical corporate caution or crossed wires between marketing and legal. Could happen anywhere. Apple, for example, offers a “Made on a Mac” web badge. But one of the conditions in their license is this: “You may not use the Badge or any Apple trademark on a Web page which contains subject matter which Apple may deem, at its sole discretion, in poor taste or to be disparaging to Apple or its products or services.”

  35. Does anybody expect that Microsoft would ban advertising in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or USA Today in response to the “nice try” reviews that Zune got last week from David Pogue, Walt Mossberg, and Ed Baig?

    This non-disparagement clause may just be typical corporate caution or crossed wires between marketing and legal. Could happen anywhere. Apple, for example, offers a “Made on a Mac” web badge. But one of the conditions in their license is this: “You may not use the Badge or any Apple trademark on a Web page which contains subject matter which Apple may deem, at its sole discretion, in poor taste or to be disparaging to Apple or its products or services.”

  36. Does anybody expect that Microsoft would ban advertising in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or USA Today in response to the “nice try” reviews that Zune got last week from David Pogue, Walt Mossberg, and Ed Baig?

    This non-disparagement clause may just be typical corporate caution or crossed wires between marketing and legal. Could happen anywhere. Apple, for example, offers a “Made on a Mac” web badge. But one of the conditions in their license is this: “You may not use the Badge or any Apple trademark on a Web page which contains subject matter which Apple may deem, at its sole discretion, in poor taste or to be disparaging to Apple or its products or services.”

  37. After reading a few of the comments here I must just have been unfortunate with Seagate drives. After the third drive failing in 2.5 years I have given Hitachi a go. My first Seagate drive was excellent which is the reason I persevered. However, after three going is such a short time I thought I’d look elsewhere. I was using the basic 60 GB model.

  38. After reading a few of the comments here I must just have been unfortunate with Seagate drives. After the third drive failing in 2.5 years I have given Hitachi a go. My first Seagate drive was excellent which is the reason I persevered. However, after three going is such a short time I thought I’d look elsewhere. I was using the basic 60 GB model.

  39. […] So gerade eben wieder beim lesen der Tageszeitung der Feeds in meinem Reader. Der Scobelizer schreibt in “Why Scoble didn’t get a Zune sponsorship“, dass ihm nun klar ist, warum Microsoft mit dem neuen Zune-Player nicht seine ScobleShow sponsort. Andrew Baron hat ein Angebot von Microsoft bekommen, dass er dankend abgelehnt hat. Der Grund dafür waren vertraglich verankerte Klauseln, die es ihm verbieten schlecht über Microsoft oder Zune zu schreiben. Und da Robert Scoble das bereits in der Vergangenheit getan hat, kam er wohl für ein Sponsoring nicht in Frage. […]

  40. As defined in Black’s Law Dictionary (7th ed. 1999), disparagement is “A false and injurious statement that discredits or detracts from the reputation of another’s property, product, or business.”

    In other words — Andrew Baron at Rocketboom put his foot in his mouth yet again.

    And you’ve fallen into the trap of believing his nonsense without investigating it, just like Rolling Stone, Dow Jones MarketWatch, and BusinessWeek did with his viewership claims.

    Instead of taking pictures of pumpkins, how about a video chat with a lawyer who explains Disparagement, Slander, Libel and Public Defamation? That’d be a nice service to the blogging community and it seems like you’ll learn from it, too.

  41. As defined in Black’s Law Dictionary (7th ed. 1999), disparagement is “A false and injurious statement that discredits or detracts from the reputation of another’s property, product, or business.”

    In other words — Andrew Baron at Rocketboom put his foot in his mouth yet again.

    And you’ve fallen into the trap of believing his nonsense without investigating it, just like Rolling Stone, Dow Jones MarketWatch, and BusinessWeek did with his viewership claims.

    Instead of taking pictures of pumpkins, how about a video chat with a lawyer who explains Disparagement, Slander, Libel and Public Defamation? That’d be a nice service to the blogging community and it seems like you’ll learn from it, too.

  42. Maxtor = Budget low end
    Western Digital = Cutting edge and performance
    Seagate = Good reliable drives

    I haven’t bought a drive since Maxtor was purchased, so we’ll have to see how that pans out.

    In my experience, WD has always lead the way in performance. While Seagate has great offerings, they’ve just never had that luster of a top shelf brand. As far as I know, they don’t have an answer to the WD Raptors in production or any time soon. Putting something like that out could change my mind.

  43. Maxtor = Budget low end
    Western Digital = Cutting edge and performance
    Seagate = Good reliable drives

    I haven’t bought a drive since Maxtor was purchased, so we’ll have to see how that pans out.

    In my experience, WD has always lead the way in performance. While Seagate has great offerings, they’ve just never had that luster of a top shelf brand. As far as I know, they don’t have an answer to the WD Raptors in production or any time soon. Putting something like that out could change my mind.

  44. Maxtor = Budget low end
    Western Digital = Cutting edge and performance
    Seagate = Good reliable drives

    I haven’t bought a drive since Maxtor was purchased, so we’ll have to see how that pans out.

    In my experience, WD has always lead the way in performance. While Seagate has great offerings, they’ve just never had that luster of a top shelf brand. As far as I know, they don’t have an answer to the WD Raptors in production or any time soon. Putting something like that out could change my mind.

  45. You could have trashed the policy without naming Microsoft. That would have left your partner room to correct/renegotiate the terms in private without anyone at Microsoft losing face in public. So you’d have accomplished two missions: a new sponsor and educating future sponsors. Now you’ve done just the one at the expense of the other (unless someone at Microsoft has an extraordinarily thick skin).

    All the best and have a great Thanksgiving if I don’t run into you before then.

  46. You could have trashed the policy without naming Microsoft. That would have left your partner room to correct/renegotiate the terms in private without anyone at Microsoft losing face in public. So you’d have accomplished two missions: a new sponsor and educating future sponsors. Now you’ve done just the one at the expense of the other (unless someone at Microsoft has an extraordinarily thick skin).

    All the best and have a great Thanksgiving if I don’t run into you before then.

  47. You could have trashed the policy without naming Microsoft. That would have left your partner room to correct/renegotiate the terms in private without anyone at Microsoft losing face in public. So you’d have accomplished two missions: a new sponsor and educating future sponsors. Now you’ve done just the one at the expense of the other (unless someone at Microsoft has an extraordinarily thick skin).

    All the best and have a great Thanksgiving if I don’t run into you before then.

  48. Robert,
    While I agree that this isn’t the *best* approach for dealing with bloggers, it’s important to keep in mind that no matter how large MS is, the Zune group has a marketing budget. Their charter is to spend that money in such a way that they believe will get them the most sales. So let’s say, hypothetically, that you yourself were to get a Zune and you HATED it – we all know you’d blog exactly that. At which point the banners/logos/etc that would be running on your site (hypothetically again) would almost become a mockery of the product when viewed in conjunction with a post entitled “MS Blows it with Zune, I’m sticking with my Nano” (or anything of that nature).

    Having spent the better part of the past 18 months running viral marketing and “blogosphere relations” for a consumer electronics manufacturer (Sling Media), trust me when I say it’s not just a new playing field for companies – it’s a whole new ballgame. And making adjustments to long-standing policies isn’t easy to do, and more than that – it’s not always easy to see *why* it should be done.

    Even now as I am consulting with various companies addressing exactly this topic, many of them don’t get it. Yet. Give em a little time.

    And yeah, Sandquist would be a great guy for this! :)

    -jt

  49. Robert,
    While I agree that this isn’t the *best* approach for dealing with bloggers, it’s important to keep in mind that no matter how large MS is, the Zune group has a marketing budget. Their charter is to spend that money in such a way that they believe will get them the most sales. So let’s say, hypothetically, that you yourself were to get a Zune and you HATED it – we all know you’d blog exactly that. At which point the banners/logos/etc that would be running on your site (hypothetically again) would almost become a mockery of the product when viewed in conjunction with a post entitled “MS Blows it with Zune, I’m sticking with my Nano” (or anything of that nature).

    Having spent the better part of the past 18 months running viral marketing and “blogosphere relations” for a consumer electronics manufacturer (Sling Media), trust me when I say it’s not just a new playing field for companies – it’s a whole new ballgame. And making adjustments to long-standing policies isn’t easy to do, and more than that – it’s not always easy to see *why* it should be done.

    Even now as I am consulting with various companies addressing exactly this topic, many of them don’t get it. Yet. Give em a little time.

    And yeah, Sandquist would be a great guy for this! :)

    -jt

  50. Robert, tell em to beef up their low end Network Attached Storage (NAS) offerings. I always use Seagate for internals but more and more, especially with laptops, I’m installing small NAS in homes. A little NAS box, a router, and a dsl/cable modem, and you have a kick-ass back end for a sweet home network.

  51. Robert, tell em to beef up their low end Network Attached Storage (NAS) offerings. I always use Seagate for internals but more and more, especially with laptops, I’m installing small NAS in homes. A little NAS box, a router, and a dsl/cable modem, and you have a kick-ass back end for a sweet home network.

  52. I used to have a Seagate in my PC. Always got on quite well with it and never had any issues, but I then I was given a recommendation of performance/reliability for Western Digital (when they first their 8MB cache discs, I think). I’ve kinda stuck with them ever since.

    I’m not very motivated when it comes to picking hard disc brands, so long as there’re no problems with what I’ve got. Since WD have been very reliable for me so far, I’m happily ambling along. They also seem to have developed an eye for aesthetic. I bought one of their 500GB MyBook Firewire discs last month and as well as being amble for my storage needs, it also looks rather swish on my desk next to the MacBook Pro. I didn’t have the same reaction to the last external Seagate disc I saw.

    We’re in a world where certain companies are getting the hang of producing extremely high quality hardware and making it look beautiful. Which is nice.

  53. I used to have a Seagate in my PC. Always got on quite well with it and never had any issues, but I then I was given a recommendation of performance/reliability for Western Digital (when they first their 8MB cache discs, I think). I’ve kinda stuck with them ever since.

    I’m not very motivated when it comes to picking hard disc brands, so long as there’re no problems with what I’ve got. Since WD have been very reliable for me so far, I’m happily ambling along. They also seem to have developed an eye for aesthetic. I bought one of their 500GB MyBook Firewire discs last month and as well as being amble for my storage needs, it also looks rather swish on my desk next to the MacBook Pro. I didn’t have the same reaction to the last external Seagate disc I saw.

    We’re in a world where certain companies are getting the hang of producing extremely high quality hardware and making it look beautiful. Which is nice.

  54. I used to have a Seagate in my PC. Always got on quite well with it and never had any issues, but I then I was given a recommendation of performance/reliability for Western Digital (when they first their 8MB cache discs, I think). I’ve kinda stuck with them ever since.

    I’m not very motivated when it comes to picking hard disc brands, so long as there’re no problems with what I’ve got. Since WD have been very reliable for me so far, I’m happily ambling along. They also seem to have developed an eye for aesthetic. I bought one of their 500GB MyBook Firewire discs last month and as well as being amble for my storage needs, it also looks rather swish on my desk next to the MacBook Pro. I didn’t have the same reaction to the last external Seagate disc I saw.

    We’re in a world where certain companies are getting the hang of producing extremely high quality hardware and making it look beautiful. Which is nice.

  55. I have a 100 GB Seagate HD in my laptop and a 250 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 (Perpendicular Recording) HD in my new gaming pc. No problems at all with these drives or any Seagate I’ve had in the past!

    I’ve had 2 hard drive failures at home in the last several years and neither have been Seagate.

  56. I have a 100 GB Seagate HD in my laptop and a 250 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 (Perpendicular Recording) HD in my new gaming pc. No problems at all with these drives or any Seagate I’ve had in the past!

    I’ve had 2 hard drive failures at home in the last several years and neither have been Seagate.

  57. I have a 100 GB Seagate HD in my laptop and a 250 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 (Perpendicular Recording) HD in my new gaming pc. No problems at all with these drives or any Seagate I’ve had in the past!

    I’ve had 2 hard drive failures at home in the last several years and neither have been Seagate.

  58. Actually I just bought a third Seagate external 750 gig drive (from Fry’s in Mountain View) and we also just bought four additional internal 750 gig drives for some servers that we built for Zooomr.

    The drives are some of the most reliable out there. And work really well.

    I go through storage like crazy when I shoot 12+ gigs of RAW photos every day and imagine I’ll keep buying more in the future.

  59. Actually I just bought a third Seagate external 750 gig drive (from Fry’s in Mountain View) and we also just bought four additional internal 750 gig drives for some servers that we built for Zooomr.

    The drives are some of the most reliable out there. And work really well.

    I go through storage like crazy when I shoot 12+ gigs of RAW photos every day and imagine I’ll keep buying more in the future.

  60. Actually I just bought a third Seagate external 750 gig drive (from Fry’s in Mountain View) and we also just bought four additional internal 750 gig drives for some servers that we built for Zooomr.

    The drives are some of the most reliable out there. And work really well.

    I go through storage like crazy when I shoot 12+ gigs of RAW photos every day and imagine I’ll keep buying more in the future.

  61. I’d like to see Seagate’s website a little EASIER to navigate?

    For example, I’m in the market for 500gb-1tb of RAID 1 storage. I’d like to go external, firewire. How do I find that solution on their website in less than 15 seconds?

    Hmmm…. how to find that solution in less than 5 minutes was my problem the other day!

    External, portable RAIDs are in high demand for video profs like myself – I think Seagate would be smart to cater to this crowd.

    Just my 2 cents free of charge :)

  62. I’d like to see Seagate’s website a little EASIER to navigate?

    For example, I’m in the market for 500gb-1tb of RAID 1 storage. I’d like to go external, firewire. How do I find that solution on their website in less than 15 seconds?

    Hmmm…. how to find that solution in less than 5 minutes was my problem the other day!

    External, portable RAIDs are in high demand for video profs like myself – I think Seagate would be smart to cater to this crowd.

    Just my 2 cents free of charge :)

  63. I’d like to see Seagate’s website a little EASIER to navigate?

    For example, I’m in the market for 500gb-1tb of RAID 1 storage. I’d like to go external, firewire. How do I find that solution on their website in less than 15 seconds?

    Hmmm…. how to find that solution in less than 5 minutes was my problem the other day!

    External, portable RAIDs are in high demand for video profs like myself – I think Seagate would be smart to cater to this crowd.

    Just my 2 cents free of charge :)

  64. Robert – when you say you “weren’t offered a sponsorship” are you saying that who ever sells advertising/sponsorships for ScobleShow was turned down, or are you saying that there was no proactive outreach from Microsoft to sponsor ScobleShow?

  65. Robert – when you say you “weren’t offered a sponsorship” are you saying that who ever sells advertising/sponsorships for ScobleShow was turned down, or are you saying that there was no proactive outreach from Microsoft to sponsor ScobleShow?

  66. Robert – when you say you “weren’t offered a sponsorship” are you saying that who ever sells advertising/sponsorships for ScobleShow was turned down, or are you saying that there was no proactive outreach from Microsoft to sponsor ScobleShow?

  67. Really, has anyone had a lawyer look at this “disparagement” clause and try to actually figure out what it means, instead of a bunch of laymen jumping to conclusions? That one post about the legal definition of disparagement seems to suggest this whole Zune logo thing has been completely misunderstood.

  68. Really, has anyone had a lawyer look at this “disparagement” clause and try to actually figure out what it means, instead of a bunch of laymen jumping to conclusions? That one post about the legal definition of disparagement seems to suggest this whole Zune logo thing has been completely misunderstood.

  69. Really, has anyone had a lawyer look at this “disparagement” clause and try to actually figure out what it means, instead of a bunch of laymen jumping to conclusions? That one post about the legal definition of disparagement seems to suggest this whole Zune logo thing has been completely misunderstood.

  70. And this surprises you? Robert, I thought you might know a bit more history than that!

    Back in the day, when IBM and Microsoft were duelling it out over OS/2 and MS Windows 3.x, I had OS/2 on my PC and approached Microsoft’s local representatives about getting the Windows SDK – since OS/2 was the safest way to run MS Win3.x, for any sort of purpose.

    They never got back to me.

    Microsoft has an attitude problem – or should we say, an altitude problem – they think they’re above everybody else, when half the time, the reason why they don’t see anybody at their level, is because everybody’s several thousand feet above them.

  71. And this surprises you? Robert, I thought you might know a bit more history than that!

    Back in the day, when IBM and Microsoft were duelling it out over OS/2 and MS Windows 3.x, I had OS/2 on my PC and approached Microsoft’s local representatives about getting the Windows SDK – since OS/2 was the safest way to run MS Win3.x, for any sort of purpose.

    They never got back to me.

    Microsoft has an attitude problem – or should we say, an altitude problem – they think they’re above everybody else, when half the time, the reason why they don’t see anybody at their level, is because everybody’s several thousand feet above them.

  72. And this surprises you? Robert, I thought you might know a bit more history than that!

    Back in the day, when IBM and Microsoft were duelling it out over OS/2 and MS Windows 3.x, I had OS/2 on my PC and approached Microsoft’s local representatives about getting the Windows SDK – since OS/2 was the safest way to run MS Win3.x, for any sort of purpose.

    They never got back to me.

    Microsoft has an attitude problem – or should we say, an altitude problem – they think they’re above everybody else, when half the time, the reason why they don’t see anybody at their level, is because everybody’s several thousand feet above them.

  73. I used to hate Seagate – back in ’96 (or somewhere around there) I got a new 4.3 GB drive for my computer. Plugged it in, proceeded to start the computer so I could transfer Windows over to the new drive. One high pitched whine and some smoke later, I had a dead drive. Another drive just didn’t work – I would format it, reboot Windows, and it could no longer see the drive, until I formatted again. At this point I said enough of Seagate.

    Now, I work for a company who uses them almost exclusively and have had nothing but good experiences with them. One occasionally goes bad, but we RMA it (a pretty easy experience, compared to other companies) and get the replacement rather quickly. Now if they would just make a drive like the WD Raptor drives, that would be perfect.

  74. I used to hate Seagate – back in ’96 (or somewhere around there) I got a new 4.3 GB drive for my computer. Plugged it in, proceeded to start the computer so I could transfer Windows over to the new drive. One high pitched whine and some smoke later, I had a dead drive. Another drive just didn’t work – I would format it, reboot Windows, and it could no longer see the drive, until I formatted again. At this point I said enough of Seagate.

    Now, I work for a company who uses them almost exclusively and have had nothing but good experiences with them. One occasionally goes bad, but we RMA it (a pretty easy experience, compared to other companies) and get the replacement rather quickly. Now if they would just make a drive like the WD Raptor drives, that would be perfect.

  75. I used to hate Seagate – back in ’96 (or somewhere around there) I got a new 4.3 GB drive for my computer. Plugged it in, proceeded to start the computer so I could transfer Windows over to the new drive. One high pitched whine and some smoke later, I had a dead drive. Another drive just didn’t work – I would format it, reboot Windows, and it could no longer see the drive, until I formatted again. At this point I said enough of Seagate.

    Now, I work for a company who uses them almost exclusively and have had nothing but good experiences with them. One occasionally goes bad, but we RMA it (a pretty easy experience, compared to other companies) and get the replacement rather quickly. Now if they would just make a drive like the WD Raptor drives, that would be perfect.

  76. Hi Robert,
    Long time no comment (or read) but I just dropped by to see how you’re doing post-MS.

    I love the silence of Seagate bearings, but they really screwed the pooch with some early SATA drives that had compatibility issues with certain controllers. I own one of those, it’s a 180GB disk. I had issues but luckily people found workarounds.

    Anyway, I’m mostly a WD guy, but if Seagate can give me a good reason to trust their drives not to fail (how does the failure rate compare to WD for PATA/SATA drives), I’ll buy them instead.

    Do hard drive manufacturers even advertise beyond the graphics on the box?

  77. Hi Robert,
    Long time no comment (or read) but I just dropped by to see how you’re doing post-MS.

    I love the silence of Seagate bearings, but they really screwed the pooch with some early SATA drives that had compatibility issues with certain controllers. I own one of those, it’s a 180GB disk. I had issues but luckily people found workarounds.

    Anyway, I’m mostly a WD guy, but if Seagate can give me a good reason to trust their drives not to fail (how does the failure rate compare to WD for PATA/SATA drives), I’ll buy them instead.

    Do hard drive manufacturers even advertise beyond the graphics on the box?

  78. Hi Robert,
    Long time no comment (or read) but I just dropped by to see how you’re doing post-MS.

    I love the silence of Seagate bearings, but they really screwed the pooch with some early SATA drives that had compatibility issues with certain controllers. I own one of those, it’s a 180GB disk. I had issues but luckily people found workarounds.

    Anyway, I’m mostly a WD guy, but if Seagate can give me a good reason to trust their drives not to fail (how does the failure rate compare to WD for PATA/SATA drives), I’ll buy them instead.

    Do hard drive manufacturers even advertise beyond the graphics on the box?

  79. “Microsoft was the first company to really make me feel as though I was being taken advantage of personally.”

    My iPod has been back for replacement 8 times! Every time I get lied to by the Geniuses at the Genius bar. I see others online (read Amazon reviews) with similar problems. iTunes works erratically on Windows. You feel personally victimized by Microsoft? I’ve never had this much trouble with anything from MS. In fact, I’ve never had trouble with any hardware or software from MS.

    There could never be an iPod killer? They own too much of the market? Horseshit! I am actively LOOKING for an iPod replacement for when this one takes its final out-of-warranty dive. No way I’m paying to have this piece of white turd repaired. Steve Jobs’ blind cult followers who think they are SO superior are SO brainwashed.

    Mark my words, the days of Apple MP3 player dominance are numbered. People just aren’t THAT stupid. iPods will go the way of Netscape.

  80. “Microsoft was the first company to really make me feel as though I was being taken advantage of personally.”

    My iPod has been back for replacement 8 times! Every time I get lied to by the Geniuses at the Genius bar. I see others online (read Amazon reviews) with similar problems. iTunes works erratically on Windows. You feel personally victimized by Microsoft? I’ve never had this much trouble with anything from MS. In fact, I’ve never had trouble with any hardware or software from MS.

    There could never be an iPod killer? They own too much of the market? Horseshit! I am actively LOOKING for an iPod replacement for when this one takes its final out-of-warranty dive. No way I’m paying to have this piece of white turd repaired. Steve Jobs’ blind cult followers who think they are SO superior are SO brainwashed.

    Mark my words, the days of Apple MP3 player dominance are numbered. People just aren’t THAT stupid. iPods will go the way of Netscape.

  81. “Microsoft was the first company to really make me feel as though I was being taken advantage of personally.”

    My iPod has been back for replacement 8 times! Every time I get lied to by the Geniuses at the Genius bar. I see others online (read Amazon reviews) with similar problems. iTunes works erratically on Windows. You feel personally victimized by Microsoft? I’ve never had this much trouble with anything from MS. In fact, I’ve never had trouble with any hardware or software from MS.

    There could never be an iPod killer? They own too much of the market? Horseshit! I am actively LOOKING for an iPod replacement for when this one takes its final out-of-warranty dive. No way I’m paying to have this piece of white turd repaired. Steve Jobs’ blind cult followers who think they are SO superior are SO brainwashed.

    Mark my words, the days of Apple MP3 player dominance are numbered. People just aren’t THAT stupid. iPods will go the way of Netscape.