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Why the ‘C’ in CNet is for ‘Crazy’

28-Sep-07 11:49 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments
"If there is something that would make the situation any worse, it would be the software giant up and towing the line of these Mac-prostrating armchair feebleminds and their numbskull advice somehow winning the day…"

— Ross Holder, CNet forums

There aren’t many opportunities these days to pull me into a good ‘ol fashioned Internet "flame war".  Oh, I admit, there was a day long ago when I’d cease upon the opportunity to hone my cyber-wit.  But the point behind doing so has proven increasingly elusive as the Internet went ‘mainstream’.  Particularly with the raw volume of forums and participants turning the Internet into a multi-terrabyte trash-talkathon of spam-punctuated fornication and falsehood.  Instead of heralding a new era of user-empowerment and techno-democracy with a limitless, free exchange of ideas, it’s reduced the pre-dot-com analogy of the paper blizzard into a Googlesque cyclone where the value of information has grown exponentially in relation to how hard it’s become to find anything amidst the deluge.

Maybe that’s why an article this past week citing Windows Vista for its compatibility issues and apparent flaws stood out so.  What would otherwise have been quickly dismissed as another inane rant by a know-nothing, opinionated dot-columnist somehow got picked up by one of the Internet’s most respected technology journals – CNet’s News.com.  So laden it was with techno-bigotry and anti-Microsoft, pro-Mac/Linux/anything-but-Bill-Gates spin that I almost swallowed my tongue by the time I got through the first paragraph.  And after this future anchor of Fox news had finished triumphantly arguing that Vista sucked so much, the only rational solution was to pull it from store shelves – well, I had to write a response, as follows:

Abandon Vista? Is this guy nuts? And just *how* pray-tell would Microsoft go about doing *that*?

If there is something that would make the situation any worse, it would be the software giant up and towing the line of these Mac-prostrating armchair feebleminds and their numbskull advice somehow winning the day and undermining what gains have been made and integrated into Windows. To adopt a luddite mentality, and pull the product would also deprive the majority of users who have the system and use it in favour of a vocal minority that can’t or won’t upgrade simply because they feel they shouldn’t be compelled to.

Well, hate to say it, but no version of Windows, MacOS nor any other technology invented is going to forever remain compatible with new hardware going forward. I am willing to concede the point (and readily) that MS probably did not consider the ‘real’ lowest common denominator in testing Vista for compatibility, but, again, how this equates with "pull it off shelves now" baffles me.

Next time CNet gets a reporter to offer up opinions on what a terrible thing Vista is, would you mind terribly finding someone who has a clue what he’s talking about? Perhas someone with some real technical knowledge about Windows who can competently state whether its really superior to XP beyond giving us a hugely subjective re-statement of sales figures.

Of course, I wasn’t alone in my view, which was actually pretty remarkable since CNet is generally less than pro-Microsoft in most of its editorials.  A goodly number of other respondents found the article as uniquely shocking both in its prominence in the CNet blogosphere and simply for how frightfully stupid its author (a columnist named Don Reisinger) sounded.  It’s likely the raw hit count and infamy of this article will guarantee this clown another spot in future editions of the CNet News Blog, but the effect should really be the opposite, based on the response.  Time will tell if CNet will help stem the tide of poor online journalism in favour of driving up the hit counter for advertisers.

  1. 19-Jun-13 11:52 am EDT at 11:52 am EDT

    Heya this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use
    WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated! Thank you!


    • 23-Jun-13 04:47 pm EDT at 04:47 pm EDT

      Blogs definitely use specialized editors to make life easier. A WYSIWYG editor is built into the WordPress.com blog authoring tools – so you don’t need to worry about having a separate piece of software to do the job if you don’t want to….

      On the other hand, if you do — I personally use Microsoft Live Writer 2012. This is downloaded as part of the Microsoft Life Essentials suite of tools for Windows XP/7/8 or Windows Server 2008 & 2012. WordPress also offers an editor for the Mac iPhone and Android smartphone models. (Not sure if Live Writer is available for the Windows Phone or if somehow it’s otherwise available through Windows 8 for Microsoft tablets & smartphones.



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