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 Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Over the years, I have seen a lot of FUD regarding technologies, targetting at specific vendors and platforms. I used to be a big fan of the MicrosoftWatch site as it really does a good tell-it-as-is from a very neutral and unbiased point of view, especially from Mary Jo Foley. She does good research and frequently engages my friends and peers from all over the industry to hear stories from all sides before putting the rubber to the road. When she left to join ZiffDavis, the industry was left wondering who would be covering for her and will MicrosoftWatch be the same again.

Yes, granted - I am a long-time Microsoft advocate but it is also well-known among my friends that I will also tell-it-as-is as well which is why I am a big fan of Foley at her new place here. Well, MicrosoftWatch is not the same anymore. Joe Wilcox is not really doing too good a job taking over Foley. Granted, it is all his opinion and we should all respect that BUT I have recently found his recent posts doesnt have too much research done behind it. I mean, this is NOT your own personal blogging site, it is MicrosoftWatch. There must be certain responsibilities that one *should* carry.

Take this recent post by Joe Wilcox, for exampe. What a whole load of FUD !!! I will just take a comment off from there and post it here:

openquotes.png Do you actually take the time to research and understand what you write about? It sure doesn't seem that way, especially when you make comments that imply that .NET developers doing web work don't utilize AJAX or JavaScript and that they are the sole purview of the Adobe/MacroMedia/OpenSource world... Meanwhile, you are aware that Windows Vista is not a prerequisite for applications using WPF? You can run it today, on your Windows XP machine, all it takes is the .NET 3.0 Framework runtime.closequotes.png

My thoughts exactly. I have better things to do than spend my breakfast time reading that *crap*. If I wanted crap, I would have gone to buy tabloids.

Buck up, Joe and do your homework. It seems that Foley also took all her industry contacts with her to ZDNet as well. If number of comments is anything to go by, MicrosoftWatch is slowly but surely losing its popularity.

I am deleting the MicrosoftWatch feed off my RSS reader and just sticking with ZDNet.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 11:41:51 AM (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Disclaimer 
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  •  Wednesday, March 14, 2007

    I still get questions from many people on the field on why the fuss about mashups and why the need for it. Sometimes, it is really hard to explain when you know that the customer doesnt have a need yet. You can easily generate a "want" but a "need" is slightly more difficult...

    I was recently pointed to this really nice mashup story site here. Talk about solving your own needs by rolling up your sleeves. What is really nice about this is that this is home-grown, generated from a need to automate certain processes while searching for a book in our own local national library: National Library Board.

    Awesome solution to a "why-didnt-I-think-of-this" need.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:50:11 AM (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Disclaimer 
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  •  Wednesday, March 07, 2007
    Wednesday, March 07, 2007 2:12:58 PM (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Disclaimer 
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