01 April, 2009


I got Slashdotted!

My retrospective on operating systems we have known and loved and said goodbye to--a Computerworld.com feature called Gone But Not Forgotten--got picked up at the den of tech ennui, Slashdot, and commented into oblivion. It was a marvelous experience that reminded me of being a Sysop on a Ziff-Davis forum on CompuServe in the early 1990s. I've always enjoyed the posturing of the techier-than-thou crowd, and it's good to see that it's still in full force.

In fact, responses to the article broke down in the standard distribution pattern from the old forum days:

10 percent liked the article and it prompted an interesting side note they went on to share

40 percent disagreed with the premise, the research, the choice of author, and the management of the magazine, because the article didn't reflect their personal hobby horse...which they went on to share (at great length). 

10 percent thought that Microsoft was the root of all evil

5 percent thought that the writer was clearly in league with Apple.

10 percent agreed

5 percent disagreed

10 percent pointed out legitimate errors or statements that could be interepreted as errors

10 percent pointed out errors that weren't there because they hadn't read the article carefully.

It's nice to know that some things never change. 

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