Chad Perrin: SOB

17 July 2007

where buzzwords come from

Filed under: Geek — apotheon @ 01:26

Well, I found one of the people who invent ludicrous, meaningless buzzwords.

At ZDNet, Andy McCue quotes Gavin Whatrup, IT Director at marketing agency Creston:

With a mid-range Mac still being approximately 33 per cent more expensive than its Dell equivalent, don’t expect a mass migration to the Mac any time soon. OS X may be improving but it still has a long way to go to be as heterogeneously robust as Windows XP.

I really only have one question for that half-baked babbler: WTF does “heterogeneously robust” mean? I don’t think I’ve heard such a meaningless load of doublespeak nonsense in such a succinct package for years. I think the guy’s just grasping at straws, looking for anything he can say to deflect attention from the fact that he clearly has no clue what he’s talking about when he tries to defend MS Windows against its betters. Even if I didn’t think MacOS X was at its core a better OS than MS Windows XP, too much of that sort of talk would tempt me to elevate Macs in my estimation.

In general, the statements quoted in Will Vista cause a switch to Macs, Linux? miss the point. The main reasons for a majority of users sticking with MS Windows rather than checking out the alternatives are threefold:

  1. inertia
  2. the sunk cost fallacy
  3. listening to idiots like Gavin Whatrup

edits:

Apparently, I’m not the only one to think Gavin Whatrup is full of it. People who agree with me include:

  1. Richard Marshall
  2. Roy Judd
  3. OS X user

security blogger at TechRepublic

Filed under: Geek,Metalog,Profession,Security — apotheon @ 10:20

Things sure do change in a hurry.

In Sterling’s recent piece, Even if you can beat ’em, he pointed out that he “blew a blog gasket” and unsubscribed from all of TechRepublic’s newsletters, and was subsequently asked to contribute to TR’s IT Consultant weblog regularly. As he put it: “Always wanting to back up my critical remarks by being part of the solution, I said yes.”

Well, whatever he caught, it seems to be going around — and I didn’t get vaccinated in time (thank goodness). Shortly after my own reluctant hit piece about TR’s issues, I too received an inquiry about writing for one of TechRepublic’s weblogs. At about the same time, I was assured (both on-site and off) that things would be getting better in terms of the format of email alerts at TR, so that I would hopefully find them useful again. I indicated that things had indeed improved, and hinted cryptically at the other matter in my follow-up developments at TechRepublic, but (alas) wasn’t ready to tell you any more.

That has changed, quite obviously.

I’m now a regular (about twice a week, it seems) paid contributor to the TR “IT Security” weblog, and my first post there is available under the title Five steps to becoming the local security guru. Enjoy, subscribe, and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to submit me to reddit or digg from time to time — and let me know when you do so, if you don’t mind.

By the way, I don’t actually recommend hit pieces on TR as a means of getting hired on, there. Remember — once is a fluke, and twice is only a coincidence. It takes at least three times to make a trend.

16 July 2007

using Markdown

Filed under: Geek,Metalog — apotheon @ 02:14

I’ve decided to activate the Markdown plugin for SOB. This will hopefully provide an easier time of showing source code and performing other common text formatting tasks here, when I compose new entries. It also applies to the comments, however, which some of you should find quite a relief (for reasons similar to my own for activating the plugin, such as solving the alluded-to source code problem). Some may find it annoying.

For a quick primer and point of reference on Markdown’s text formatting syntax, I direct you to Daring Fireball’s Markdown Syntax Documentation page. Anyone that is familiar with common idioms of text-based email and newsgroup “formatting”, such as asterisks for emphasis and greater-than signs to indicate a quoted block of text, will find Markdown quite intuitive, I think.

It’s also, at least in slightly modified form, the formatting syntax used in reddit discussions.

edit: Wow, that was easier than normal. Yes, I’m quite happy with this decision.

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