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[News] Hypocrisy @ The Register: El Reg Writers Get Schwag from Microsoft, The Register Whines

  • Subject: [News] Hypocrisy @ The Register: El Reg Writers Get Schwag from Microsoft, The Register Whines
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 03 Sep 2009 20:35:41 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Beware evangelists

,----[ Quote ]
| In a way, the easiest ones to deal with are those that have 'Evangelist' 
| printed on their business cards. They're being paid by someone to persuade 
| others of the folly of their ways. You'll find these folk in many major IT 
| companies. Others are not so obvious. Perhaps a company has plied them with 
| gifts or other, more subtle, bribes. Recently I was talking with a Toyota 
| (non-employee) iQ evangelist. Turns out she'd 'won' the car for a six month 
| trial, in exchange for blogs and other social media outreach. Others are just 
| total believers in 'the cause' simply because it makes sense to them within 
| their own frame of reference.        


And meanwhile, on the very same day, Timmy Anderson, whom Microsoft gave a
$2,000 Vista 7 laptop (proof below) is praising Vista 7 again.


Windows 7 early promise: Passes the Vista test

,----[ Quote ]
| A day spent with a Windows 7 preview build - Milestone 3, running on a laptop
| loaned for the purpose (Dell XPS M1330, Core 2 Duo 2.3Ghz, with 3GB RAM)
| tends to confirm that view. Windows 7 feels more polished than Vista, even in
| the preview, and performance is good.


Windows 7 unveiled; hands on report

,----[ Quote ]
| Here at PDC in Los Angeles, Microsoftâs Chief Architect Ray Ozzie and Windows
| VP Steven Sinofsky are introducing Windows 7. ÂA couple of days ago,
| journalists were loaned Windows 7 laptops to try and Iâve been using this
| over the last day or so.


Re:Actually, maybe not fair

,----[ Quote ]
| Based on the announcements on Windows 7 and the reviews I thought too that
| they had improved the performance of Windows 7 vs. Vista. Then I found an
| article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols that might explain the "glowing" reviews
| at Microsoft's PDC. It seems that Microsoft may have permanently "loaned"
| $2,000 laptops with 2.4GHz Intel dual cores + 3GB ram to the "reviewers" to
| review Windows 7. If so, that's not the first time they tried that stunt
| (Vista was the first that I recall). So in the answer to the question, "Can a
| leopard change its spots?" if the above is correct then the answer in
| Microsoft's case seems to be "No."


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