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FYI: InfoWorld is horrid

If you didn’t already know that of course. Anyways, I use the all so familiar iGoogle and have “Ubuntu” select to load up in a block on the page so I can see what everyone is saying. And it never fails that InfoWorld always has an “Ubuntu Sucks” article. Well this week is way different. The guy writing the articles is so biased it isn’t even funny. But he is succeeding. You can look through all of his posts, and he doesn’t have that many comments. Then you can look at his Part 1 through 3 posts and see he has attracted so many people. He is definitely getting his hits on. Well I decided to see what this has written in the past, and right smack dab on his front page is an article about someone ripping in Windows Vista. This is what he had to say about the guy who ripped into Windows:

I just got through reading yet another “Microsoft must abandon Vista to survive” scare pieces at a competitor’s web site. Talk about your lightweight content! This guy didn’t even try to provide any sort of hard data. He just spewed his anti-Microsoft bile all over his blog page. And while I’m by no means a Windows “fanboy,” I simply have to respond to some of the more common bullet “points” that seem to keep cropping up in this type of journalistic flatulence:

Now after reading that, go and read Why Ubuntu Still Sucks Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Everyone one of his attacks are directly at Ubuntu. One of his attacks is against Compiz. And his basis for his attack, a freakin’ YouTube video. Ya, he took what he looks at on his Vista desktop and compared it to a YouTube video. Can you believe these people actually get paid for writing for InfoWorld?

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  • I stopped reading Infoworld a while back (had the free print subscription and everything) because they lost all of the columnists I actually read. I’m not sure where they dug up their current crew of thinkers, but it seems they add nothing to the conversation but soe whack-job controversial points for clicks. Is it news to anyone that Windows VIsta isn’t performing as well as it should? Not really, but hey, why let that little fact stop the best blanket-party the industry has had against Microsoft.

    There’s few pundits I trust out there, and unfortunately Infoworld stopped publishing them. I don’t think it was any coincidence that when I stopped subscribing to the print magazine in the 90’s that they kept sending me my “last issue” for over 6 months. Pay no attention to the unruly kids, and they’ll stop acting up over time.

  • Ste

    “Welcome to the wild, wacky world of Linux video settings where learning to recover from a malformed xorg.conf file is your price of admission to the big “open source” dance. ”

    “Bonus Tip: When fumbling around the cryptic Linux command line (the accepted way to fix most X11-related video maladies), use “nano/pico” – and not the indecipherable “vi” – to edit the xorg.conf file.”

    Priceless! This made my day ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Greetings

  • @ Craig: I am with you 100% on that. Their magazine is 99.9% Windows based now, with the word Linux used only once every 6 months. It is a shame, they used to be a good resource.

    @ Ste: I have to admit, he could be a good writer, once he gets his head out of his arse. All 3 of his articles totally show you that he has 1) never installed Ubuntu (the YouTube reference in Part 2 gave that away), and 2) he has obviously not installed Linux (the X comments and the command line give that away). I will be the first to admit, I am biased. That is why I couldn’t write a MS vs. Linux article. It would be hard for me to keep the curse words out starting from the first sentence ๐Ÿ™‚ Another thing that kills me about this guy, his one claim to fame for Vista is the stacking in Explorer. He talks about it in 2 or 3 articles as if it is so ingenious.

  • Dear Nixternal,

    Is it a bad thing if I and many of the other readers of planet Ubuntu and/or your blog visit his web site and give him hits?

    I can believe he gets paid, ya, he probably even has many readers. And his writing is pretty good, as excerpts posted by Ste show. He definitely spreads FUD well. Whenever there is a power shift there are people that are not very happy about losing their power, and that is all this is, really.



  • @ dabaR: No I don’t think it is bad, I just don’t agree with the way he is getting his hits. There is no doubt that his writing is good as well, but ya like you said, he spreads FUD well, or at least attempts to. I really like your “Whenever there is a power shift..” line, nice catch there.

  • Adam Mesenbrink

    The only thing I want to say is look at the number of comments. He has proof that his comments are driving traffic to the site. Tolling on a forum or Usenet is one thing, he’s doing it for money. Unfortunately you just helped him. Don’t feed the trolls takes on a whole new meaning. I follow the general rule, if an article is titled “never x” or “x sucks ” or “top ## reason (to OR not to) x” it’s only purpose is to drive traffic.

  • @ Adam: you are 1000% correct ๐Ÿ™‚ I did feed the troll. Dangit ๐Ÿ™‚

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