Gizmodo: Microsoft Fanboys Do Stupid Things Too… Too bad they have to make stuff up to try to make their point.

August 12, 2007

After a week of stories of Apple fanatics supposedly altering their fingers to better type on an iPhone to them picking one over their girlfriends, Gizmodo felt a strange need to attack Windows users. Here’s how they did it.

Gizmodo took this photo:

And wrote this to go with it:

“We have dubbed this monstrosity the MS Casa (genius, we know). Chances are this is just a mockup, but we are sure if the cash were available this would be polluting some unfortunate neighbourhood in reality. Thankfully, to have such wealth you must also be well endowed with brains, as exemplified by Kelly Osborne…wait. Regardless, MS fanboys are just as stupid, proven by the fact they exist.”

Huh? #1 they clearly admit this could be a Photoshop fraud, it was later proven to be just that. #2 they launch into a unprovoked attack at Microsoft “fanboys” by saying that they are stupid just for the fact they exist? Do they feel the same way about Apple “fanboys”? If they do don’t expect them to risk their site’s Apple street creed by ever saying so in public.

Attacking users of Microsoft products pretty much passes off as insightful commentary on too many of these blogs..

Despite the fodder Giz tossed out in order to get a good Microsoft bash going, some posters just didn’t take the bait and had to pint out the sheer stupidity of this posting:

“Good grief, am I the ONLY person who clicked through? Never mind “fanboys are dumb” – BOYS are dumb. It is a mockup…”

“not to be in support of microsoft – but if you read the link where this images says the caption is basically “IF microsoft built a house, this is how we think it would look”“

This poster puts the whole corporate devotional thing in perspective:

“Christ. I’ve been checking this site for only 3 years, and I remember when the comments contained substance, style, and humor – things far removed from the battlefront bullshit that occupies it now.

But hey – I’m just a simple minded waiter (with 2 degrees, Mathematics and English) trying to live off bologna and a 12 year old Jeep Cherokee whilst paying off student loans.

All I want is an affordable product that fucking works. And as much as I would like to finger a Mac, I cannot afford one. Guess old Steve forgot about young Jobs. Shit, I make 3 bucks an hour, way before taxes, hoping to coincide with the kindness and opinions (both of which are thin) that occur in motherfuckers like you.

And don’t try to finger me. I’m not endorsing Microsoft at all – hell, I use OpenOffice for writing – but I ain’t embarrassed about the fact that I got my latest PC for $500 at Wally World, decent peripherals included (19 inch wide screen, Altec-Lansing speakers w/ sub woofer, optical mouse, etc.). Now, to some of you, that might sound like a Pinto in camouflage clothes. For me, it’s a half-priced Honda Civic. Sure, I had to get rid of some bloatware, had to install some apps that actually made sense – but damned if I didn’t save almost, what, $300 – $900 on a Mac, based on the idea of new or used?

But with all that said, I would LOVE to own a Mac and actually try it out, based on opinions/reports I’ve gotten from reliable people.

I suppose I should be glad that we’re all different – some of you can afford shitty opinions, some of you prefer them, some of you are forced into them. But I gotta say, most of you come across like a bunch of furniture, objects produced with only one real goal – singing someone else’s lyrics as pretty as you can.

The post was about a house with a corporate logo. And the fact that some of y’all are bashing each other about it reminds me of middle school, when small-minded people like you took sides on things as inconsequential as shoes in the hallway, all based on the endorsement of a certain sports team.

I beg of you, have mercy. Kill yourselves and go to whatever TradeMarked hell or heaven that you prefer, so that the rest of us can have a decent conversation while you show off for all eternity.”

That’s not to say that this thread wasn’t populated with the usual bad jokes about BSOD, bugs, or things not being totally finished. God only knows they’ve been used so many times that only Apple fanatics use them in similar company and think they are still clever.

The whole posting was a sorry affair that illustrated Apple fanatics, and Gizmodo’s unending disdain for one companies products and users which seeps into their “reporting” and furthers poisons people’s minds.

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Linux advocate calls for “respect” for Microsoft, Slashdot’s Linux community call for jihad and condemnation instead.

August 11, 2007

Linux advocate calls for “respect” for Microsoft, Slashdot kids call for jihad and condemnation instead.

Slashdot, known as the epicenter of Microsoft bashing, got the bash Microsoft machine rolling today with this posting :

“Jim Zemlin (executive director for the Linux Foundation) gave a talk at LinuxWorld saying that the open source community should stop poking fun at Microsoft. From the VNU article: ‘Open source vendors have to recognize that Windows is here to stay and that together with Microsoft it will form a duopoly in the market for operating systems. This also requires that the Linux community respects Microsoft rather than ridicule it”

Woops! There are two things you never do in the extremist Linux community:

1. Speak ill of Linux or open source in ANY way.

2. Speak well of Microsoft.

Violating either makes you target #1 of the fanatical Linux base. Needless to say this was no exception.

“So he’s essentially saying I should respect Microsoft for thinking up all the dirty tricks it used to get it’s monopoly in the first place. … I am not convinced.”

“Why should I have any respect for an organisation that’s been convicted of anti-competitive practices on 2 continents? Microsoft is a bunch of crooks selling a third-rate products. Respect has to earned, not expected.”

This one was really disturbing:

“What is this, Hug a Grizzly Bear Week? Be Nice to the Sharks Month? This man Zemlin is obviously either a shill or a sad deluded man who needs to be shipped off to the re-education camps as soon as possible!”

Wow….

“I’m supposed to respect them because they’re bigger than everyone else and thus can put more money into marketing and abuse their monopoly to crush competitors with underhanded tactics? How about they stop making shitty software and play nice with everyone else? Maybe I’d respect them then, but I’ll certainly not respect them for what they do now.”

“Linux geeks should just treat Microsoft the way the Chinese government treats the US Government… a necessary enemy. Only there as a stepping stone to sovereignty or self sufficiency. Let them tout themselves, let them think they’re winning, and then, when the chips are down, yank the last card from their house of cards… and watch them fall.”

“…Microsoft didn’t get where they are primarily by the strength of their technology offerings but by other less ethical means. Bait and switch, kickbacks, embrace and extinguish, buyout and extinguish and numerous similar gimmickry do more to describe the company than any feature set, or heaven forbid “innovation” that they are responsible for….”

“Some of the end-users prefer Windows. That’s fine. It’s personal choice. But it’s still a “shitty” operating system based upon “shitty” decisions.”

I could go on, folks, but you pretty get how this guys blew their tops.  These are people that demand tolerance for their computing choices while attacking and ridiculing anyone that dares use what they hate. This is sadly the face of the Linux community as few vocal users express anything other than total disdain for Microsoft and the people that use their products.

One Slashdot poster actually got it:

“…The message behind this suggestion seems to be more a message to “act more professional people, you’re making us look like bozos”…”

Somehow I doubt that people with this level of vitriol are capable of behaving like professionals.

A closing reply to a statement:

”   Yes, Windows has contributed much for everyday users of computers – it has made many things possible that may not have been possible otherwise, and it will continue to be the best path towards many kinds of progress for the everyday use of computers going forward for the immediately foreseeable future.”

“Bollocks.”

Somehow I don’t see Linux making it very far with this type of community. You would think as big Linux supporters as they are, Slashdot would want to put a better face of the Linux community out in the public eye.

So why is this type of extremism put out instead?

Gizmodo calls an existing device a copy of an Apple device that does not exist

August 2, 2007

It just keep getting weirder at the Giz.

Today they took a look the Venzero Slickr.A PMP without buttons on the front with the screen taking up nearly the full front.

Well, how dare they steal this design from iRive… Apple? That’s right, folks, Gizmodo thinks that this is a design that is taken from Apple. No, not from the iPhone, but from a device that does not even exist. Just look at how Giz set this up:

Article title:

“PMP Imposter

 

Venzero Slickr PMP Wants to Be iPhone Nano”

First of all the device is a real product ready for purchase, so how is it a PMP “imposter”?

Imposter of what? A device that exist only as some rendering and vague rumor on Apple fan sites?

The silliness goes on:

” If it looks a bit like an iPhone nano but doesn’t work like one,”

Again, the “iPhone Nano” is a product that has never been seen. No one knows for sure if it really exist. Yet a real device is supposed to be seen to work like a one that no one has ever seen? Huh?

Giz did get around to actually talking about the product. But dont fool yourself, these guys got a little spooked that this device got out before the currently nonexisting “iPhone Nano”. Therefore sites like Giz, and Apple fanatics, will have to make complete tools of themselves, by trying to pimp the line that it is somehow a copy of an Apple product.

EVEN ONE THAT DOESN’T EXIST!

Giz readers are even puzzled:

“c’mon with the iphone comparisons already! this isn’t even a phone! if you’re going to compare it with something, how ’bout the iRiver Clix that pre-dated the iphone by a year? that would make more sense.”

“Wait, wait, wait … they’ve released the iPhone nano? How does the iPhone nano work?

Can you be an impostor of something that doesn’t exist? I guess a horse with a carrot taped to its head could be called a unicorn impostor?

Why don’t we give them credit for coming to the market with a device that may have the iPhone’s features in a smaller package.”

“I agree BIGSWIRV how can it be like the nano.
Well I guess it’s the I phone all over again,
Biting the LG Prada.

Someone should do some research and find out if Gizmodo is owned by apple.”

But despite the obvious bias of Gizmodo, trying to smother a product with Apple references, even some Apple users join in with even more weird postings comparing it to devices that again do not exist”

” Looks like the iPod touch to me…”

” If the Iphone nano was $130 and the service wasn’t through AT&T I would buy it, but this ^thing is pretty useless.”

How can a blog like Gizmodo be taken seriously with these types of reality bending postings?

July 31, 2007

Engadget Pimps Apple site maintenance as an actual news story.

“Ok, here we go again, the Apple Store is down in the US and Canada, only. While 90% of the time we’re looking at product updates, there’s always the chance that Apple’s performing routine maintenance or making such minor tweaks that there’s no discernible impact to the fanboy radar. We’ll see in an hour or two when the site comes back online. So why not sound-off in the comments with your best guesses ’til then.”

Does anyone really think that a company as large as Apple really needs to take down their entire site for “ routine maintenance or making such minor tweaks”? One must question the tech savvy of a company that cannot do what sites like CNN and USA Today do on a constant basis 24/7. The whole point of doing this is to get the Apple friendly sites like Engadget, and the Apple faithful whipped into frenzy with chatter.

Routine site maintenance or overboard display to give the fans a Monday morning kick? You decided.


Update: Well, after what was at least a year long ratio of 1 to 1 store outages to new product announcements, Apple has now taken their store down twice only to return with minor changes, if any. Apple hopeful will now have to turn their sites to
August 7th for that rumored iMac / iLife release.”

You got to love how the lack of news is followed up with “news” in the form of rumors. Engadget just loves to be led around on the leash.

That is if Apple is yanking the leash only.

So what, if anything, was the point of this posting from Engadget then? If something big did happen, post it as news. If nothing happened, then you didn’t post some silly story of a site being down. Does this site do the same thing for Sony, Microsoft, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Creative, HP, Lexmark, LG, Phillips or any other tech company?

I’ll save you some time. They don’t.

I’m sure the people in charge at Apple are just grinning that even with minor stuff like this, they can still pull the puppet strings at these tech news sites.

As Early iPhone Numbers Dissapoint, Engadget & Others Turn Up the Spin Machine

July 25, 2007

The iPhone.

No single device in the history of gadgets had received this much hype in the tech news world. No device had been covered so thoroughly from rumor stage to announcement to pre-release to first day sales, and if you count Gizmodo and Engadget, has been covered this much after its release. Lay on top of that the thousands of news stories from various media, and fawning “reviews“, and you have a device that should have sold well over a million units in the first weekend of release, right?

Well, no.

Early number released from AT&T showed that early “activation” numbers were well below what expectations (hype) had pegged them as being. Reports had it around 500,000 and even more, but the numbers was really 146,000 who bought AND activated the phones.

Now I know the retort would be that there were more who bought the device but had trouble activating it. True, AT&T had some SNAFUs with the activation process, but if the actual activation number is 146,000 and the projections were up to 500,000 to 600,000, you cannot tell me seriously that hundreds of thousands of people are just sitting there with this thing in a box. You cant even use this as an mp3 player unless you activate it. If you reasonably add a tiny number of people that have not activated it + people that bought it to resell + hackers who bought it to exploit it, you cannot get to 500,000. You couldn’t get to 400,000.

And to toss just a little more salt on Carthage, here is a quote from an article from:

http://www.cellular-news.com/story/25090.php

“We have noticed decent inventories [of the iPhone] at stores, and thin demand at best,” analyst Ittai Kidron of CIBC World Markets wrote in a report Tuesday. “In fact, most Apple store visitors were not looking at the device and only a very small subset bought it.”

Really? If we were to go by the type of reporting from our “favorite” tech news blogs, this was suppose to be flying off the shelves like crazy 24/7. By now, everyone was suppose to have one, and the cell phone industry was suppose to have fled in fear of the great Apple juggernaut. Even some Apple fanatics saw Apple creating their own wireless company just to handle the demand.

Now before some people’s head explode, AT&Ts numbers are only from the last 2 days of the Quarter. Yes sales did not hit zero after then, but again, as the article said “thin demand at best”. So it is highly unlikely that they doubled the opening days numbers in the less than a months time after its release.

Possible, not likely. $600.00 + fees is a lot for the average consumer to stomach no matter how “pretty” the UI is.

Now that the hype machine has been turned off for the most part, and people just sick of hearing about Paris Hilton and the iPhone, it is not a surprise that sales thinned out.

Now let’s check how the Apple faithful reacted to this news.

Engadget got the ball rolling with a headline that even shocked some of their readers:
“AT&T profits soar, iPhone largely to thank”

Basically Engadget also called those who said the iPhones numbers were not impressive a “tough crowd”.

Nah, they are just people with millions tied into results. They don’t have time for pom-poms and waving “We Love Apple” banners. They fell for the hype and ramped up Apple’s stock much to the sheer delight of the Apple friendly media whom pasted the story all over as proof of Apple’s popularity. apparently they dont get that stock speculation does not equal personal love.

Engadget readers, however, were to have none of this spin:

“THIS ARTICLE IS FLAWED and degrades the credibility Engadget.

The bulk of the rise in net sales and income for AT&T comes from the acquisition of BellSouth for $67B. They merely combined the two numbers of both companies which yielded the increase. That is why this announcement is a “dissapointment” taking into account the expenses of acquiring BellSouth and has absolutely nothing to do with the iPhone.

I thought Engadget writers had a bit more credibility when it came to finance. Any editors reading this, I would make a retraction or serious revisions to this article. “

“Very true, the iPhone sales are a VERY insignificant portion of profits (especially considering it was 2 days of sales on ~$60, which as pointed out by Gil is not even $10mill) and has ZERO to do with AT&T’s profits for Q2, not to mention the lower than talked about number of iPhones sold would be seen as more a detriment to expected profits based on iPhone than anything else.”

“wow. what a bias this writer has. these were very much disappointing numbers – not because of wall streets high expectations so much, but from the fact that EVERYONE (media, wall street, investment firms, engadget?) had them pegged at 500k+ for the first weekend. it is, however, worth nothing that activations has nothing to do with actual sales of iphones and therefore the first “day and a half” of activations doesnt really tell the whole story.

lets put a bit more quality into the posts, k? thanks.”

“This has to be the most Apple-biased article written for this site ever. The iPhone had little or nothing to do with AT&T’s Q2 profit. For one, there were a MILLIONS IN MARKETING COSTS that went into the launch of the iPhone by AT&T. As part of their exclusive arrangement with Apple, they were solely on the hook for those costs. Second, only the activation fee is reported as income at the time of the sale. Monthly subscriber income is reported in the month and quarter in which it is billed. I’m guessing that AT&T’s profit margin on the actual hardware was little, nothing or even a loss, again based on the exclusive they have with Apple. Overall revenue from equipment sales were DOWN 7.4% for Q2 in the wireless segment:”

“The title of this article is crap and misleading.

If you listened to AT&T’s earnings conference call this morning you would know that they activated 146,000 iPhones and said 40% of that number were new customers. If you do the math, the iPhone had very, very, very, very, very little impact on the 1.5 new customers AT&T Wireless in Q2. Only 58,400 make up the 1.5 million new customers added.

You people on these blogs need to do a little research before you post crap like this.”
Many of the Apple rapid response team mad a gallant effort to buck each other up, as their emotional attachment to Apple is legendary, and a news item like this just knocked the wind out of them.

Yikes! The crowd is not amused…

Engadget has yet to offer “clarification” for their posting.

The prevailing hope is that Apple, which does its shareholder meeting the day after AT&T, will somehow report something wildly better than this. I guess I’m not sure if Apple will report figure for only the previous quarter, or will it try to stop the bleeding by working in figures from this current one.

That is basically what the tech blogs sites are waiting for. A ray of hope that they can get the Apple celebration train back on track.

All those months of free advertising which has totally tanked their credibility depend on it.

Why Post News When Rumors Are Free?

July 24, 2007

This is the summery, from the site Valleywag, that was pasted as a story on Gizmodo:

“Microsoft’s Vista SP1 fixes not out until 2009?

FROM VALLEYWAG.COM: The tip, incredible. The source, ironclad. Microsoft has apparently told executives at one of the world’s largest PC makers not to expect a formal release of Windows Vista SP1 — the first major set of upgrades and bug fixes to its Vista operating system –“

In the world of tech blogs, posting a story from an “ironclad” source, and having it turn out to be total bunk does not lose you any credibility, as the name of the game for many of them is just to get you to look at their pages and click on their ads. They all engage in it.

The sad thing is that due to not having any standards, many of the top blog sites have become clearing houses for this type of trash “stories” that do little more that start flame wars in their comment sections.

This story is no exception, as the author is clearly, although totally unaware if it is even remotely true, thrilled with this rumor. (btw it is labeled in Valleywag’s “rumormonger” section. If his source is so ironclad, why not just post it as actual news?)

You can almost feel his excitement:

“And if PC makers have to wait two years for SP1, and more than that for the next version of Windows? Apple‘s marketers will have a field day. And the notion of a mass-market Linux PC, once ludicrous, will look more and more plausible.”

I can see why Gizmodo picked up on this. If you can knock Microsoft, print it! Althrough Giz has shielded itself from liability by just posting a summary and link. No comments from Gizmodo readers on their site. Easy to wash you hands of it when it goes the way of most rumors.

July 24, 2007

Photo of Wonky iPhone Draws Understanding from Gizmodo and boilerplate Cries of “Photoshopping” From Apple Fanatics

Fresh of of it’s months long cheerleading session for the Apple phone. Gizmodo actually posted the following:

“What is happening is more or less normal for a 1.0 product. I wish that Apple spent some more time and money to heavily test their jesusPhone, but the market pressure was too big.”

Market pressure was too big? Gizmodo, as well as it’s sister site Engadget, as well as hundreds of similar sites, spent months and dozens of stories that sometimes fell into the total fluff category, pushing this device as the the greatest miracle of the 21st century. Many of the postings in the comments sections of these sites ripped competing phones as being inferior, and attacked anyone that dared to call for a tempering of the high flying expectations. Now that this first generation device is showing that it is just that, Gizmodo wants us to be understanding, and not to be surprised that these problems are coming to the forefront?

It gets even more silly as they start to wax sadly at how “Steve” (Apple’s CEO. Apparently they are on a first name basis) wont let them make this wonderful device just oh so much more special:

“When you put such a groundbreaking device in people’s hands—a communicating and computing platform that offers such an awesome user experience and allows for so many great things—the best thing is to allow everyone to fly with it”

Can you imagine this site giving this same type of fluff treatment to any other companies 1st generation product that has had this much hype and holes popping up this fast? Keep dreaming, because Gizmodo wont. Apparently Jobs told these guys that he supposedly reads their site so forget anything critical like you would have seen if this device was made by Microsoft.

They continue:

“Some users will be happy to enjoy the box as it is. But at the end, what really matters is what other people may dream to do with the iPhone, not only what Apple —with their limited resources— think. I know it sounds preachy and naive, but to allow people make real those dreams is what will make this platform not only amazing, but insanely great”

Barf bags available upon request…

The Apple fanatics, always quick to try to discredit any news that is remotely negative about Apple, tossed out the usual responses when a photo of a wonky Apple device comes to the forefront:

“Totally fake. You can see the black box extended to the stainless Steel part of the iPhone. Some people just wanted to spread bad news. Shame on you!”

More like shame on him for even taking the photo, right?

“Yes, how come everything is nearly in focus EXCEPT the lettering? Pretty fishy if you ask me. Also, notice the word wrap on the word “files” and “or” later on. Would the words really wrap like that? Hmm..”

“Has anybody even zoomed in on this photo? It looks like a fake to begin with. Pretty sloppy cut and paste if you ask me. Notice the poor clean up job that sort of looks like glare… pretty weak Gizmodo”

Of course if this was a image of a crashed Windows device do you honestly expect that anyone of these guys would spend their time making up Photoshop conspiracy theories?

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Buckle in folks. This is only a taste of the bizarre things you’re going to see from these people.