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Fear and loathing in Holland

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| With "Linux's dirty little secret: Uninstall" professional journalism has 
| reached another, unprecedented low. Frequent readers of my blog know I've 
| exposed and criticized IT journalists and editors for years. I'm a customer 
| and I expect nothing less than high quality articles of knowledgeable 
| professionals. For this, I've always liked German magazines, which I consider 
| to be the best in the world. Nothing simply compares to "iX", "c't" or "Linux 
| Magazine". It's sound stuff of people who know their thing and are not afraid 
| to research it. I've learned a lot of neat things reading their work. Most of 
| the articles are signed with the initials of the writer. These guys take 
| pride in their work and are not out to become pop stars.         
| [...]
| It is clear that Mr. 'newbie' Ramel has a Windows-centric view on the world. 
| To him, the only way to set up a home network is to use SMB/CIFS, you know 
| that proprietary Microsoft framework that kept Samba developers busy for 
| years until a billion dollar fine from the European Union forced Microsoft to 
| open up. Next time, try NFS and CUPS for a change. BTW, Mr. Ramel hates Apple  
| computers as well. You really have to read his interesting article with all 
| those compelling arguments. His love for Windows XP is.. well, touching.     



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| During the 1990s, I was the director of corporate communications at
| Ziff-Davis. And our relationship with Microsoft was also -- ah -- "complex."
| On the "church" side of Ziff-Davis, our 400 editors and reporters wrote
| comparative, lab-based, product reviews that treated Microsoft "without fear
| or favor," like any other vendor. On the "state" side of Ziff-Davis,
| Microsoft bought a ton of advertising in our magazines, on our websites and
| for our cable TV channel. Plus, Bill Gates was a frequent keynote speaker at
| our conferences, and Microsoft paid a chunk of money for big booths at our
| trade shows.



Is MS Preening in Public Posts?

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| The author of the email, posted on ZDNet in a Talkback forum on the Microsoft
| antitrust trial, claimed her name was Michelle Bradley and that she
| had "retired" from Microsoft last week.
| "A verbal memo [no email allowed] was passed around the MS campus encouraging
| MS employee's to post to ZDNet articles like this one," the email said.
| "The theme is 'Microsoft is responsible for all good things in computerdom.'
| The government has no right to prevent MS from doing anything. Period.
| The 'memo' suggests we use fictional names and state and to identify
| ourselves as students," the author claimed.

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