Archive for August, 2007

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.


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!”


“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.”


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.


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?