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Re: Scoble on WordPress (Linux)

  • Subject: Re: Scoble on WordPress (Linux)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 01:37:25 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
  • References: <43657483@news.comindico.com.au> <dk4sff$hck$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk> <pan.2005.>
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__/ [wd] on Monday 31 October 2005 16:08 \__

> On Mon, 31 Oct 2005 10:42:15 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Even Robert Scoble, the so-called Microsoft evangelist, has moved his
>> popular blog to a Linux server. I asked him about it this morning and here
>> is his poor excuse, which he E-mailed me back:
>> ===
>> [Me:]
>> You are of course aware that you run your blog on Linux while
>> evangelising Windows. Hypocrisy?
>> Roy
>> [Scoble:]
>> No.
>> An evangelist must be credible if he wants to be listened to.
>> The only way to be credible is to actually use other methodologies and
>> products.
>> You must have evangelism confused with marketing. The two are not the
>> same.
>> Robert Scoble
>> ===
> That is a very poor excuse and doesn't fly.  Is he going to write in his
> blog about how bad Linux servers are?  "My web site sucks because it is on
> a Linux server."

Exactly my point.

Wife: "Honey, why do you eat that steak? You know the doctor (Gate$) says
it's bad for you"

Husband: "Shut up, I'm only trying to figure out what it tastes like..."

> Is he using an open-source PHP-based blog system by any chance?  That
> would be even funnier :)

Yes! WordPress: The poppa of Open Source, free-as-in-beer, Linux-oriented

> He prefers Linux but he is getting paid to promote Windows.  I saw the
> same thing in the last US presidential election.  The Republicans were
> paying Kerry-supporters to stage fake pro-Bush demonstrations.  Some
> people just need the money and are willing to sell-out.

Scoble was a popular blogger /before/ he joined Microsoft. Since he had
influence (plenty of regular readers), he must have thought:

   "Hey! I can blog and get paid for it. All I have to do now is say nice
stuff about Microsoft and they will sponsor me."

Microsoft intended to employ more bloggers. I think it was called Team 99 or
something similar. Sickening, isn't it? Paid yet disguised propaganda.

>> So, rather than mock that (potentially temporary) choice to migrate his
>> 6-year-old blog to Linux, he seems to defend that choice. No complaints,
>> no quirks. I wish Scoble the best of luck in his experiences with almighty
>> Linux servers. His consciousness will sooner or later leads Scoble to
>> betraying his employer.
> Maybe he will be the next defector.

When he no longer needs the wage. OSDL cannot help him make ends meet.


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