Microstiff - Microsoft Outings of the Third Kind

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Microstiff – A Nirvana Moment in Journalism

Occasionally, someone comes along and says in one paragraph what I and others would take reams to say, if at all. That someone is Whisperycat.

Whisperycat left a great message at the Mary Jo Foley site in response to the question: “Can Microsoft brand its way to coolness?”

Corporate thuggery and bullying aren't really cool. Flouting EU law because the fines don't make a dent in their profits, isn't cool. Entering into meaningless pacts with Novell in an attempt to undermine Linux ain't cool. Supporting SCO through Baystar wasn't cool. Selling hugely expensive licenses for buggy, virus prone software that needs ever more resource to run it, isn't cool. Paying people to astroturf on user groups and forums isn't just uncool, its creepy. And any organisation that's ever stooped to using the names of dead people on its astroturfed letters to US senators, is very uncool. Microsoft can't be cool in the same way that the IRS or a Debt Collection Agency can't be cool. You can't buy cool, you can't infiltrate cool, steal all its secrets and then pretend you've become it.

BONUS: And now, on the same day, a "second coming" of Journalistic Nirvana? Synchronicity? Serendipity? Hope? Read here, from the WSJ, how just one person can actually and painfully "get 'er done" at Microsoft. And...notice the candor of the article. Ray Ozzie's alive and well after all. Wow!

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  • Sure, it's cool to lie, astroturf, screw up the GPL, sell crap by manipulating the marketplace and generally prove every day people are just fools to be exploited. You're making money and all the other clowns are working for loser companies that can't make money.

    It would be cooler if MSFT could hire snipers to take out losers like the wench in the EU that likes playing tyrant of the people. Cooler still would be cannibal barbeques at Redmond. Winner employees would get to feast on the flesh of losers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sunday, December 03, 2006 7:20:00 AM  

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