If you’re a nerd, either you already read John Gruber’s daringfireball.net or you ought to. Gruber’s writing about popular technology is always intelligent, insightful, and lucid. A regular feature on the site is the “Jackass of the Week,” in which he dissects the ridiculous claims of some foolish technology pundit.
This week, the award went to Gundeep Hora of cooltechzone.com for claiming that Apple is likely to stop making OS X. Gundeep Hora is not as notorious as many of the previous JOTW recipients1, but I’m glad that Gruber pointed out Hora’s site, as it is pure comedy gold — it’s the webpage equivalent of that wild-eyed guy on the bus who’s always on a tirade about how Antarcticans caused the national debt.
“CoolTechZone” is a collection of ad-impression-friendly short articles consisting almost exclusively of risible, factually-challenged navel gazing.2 Consider his recent article “Why Microsoft Should Acquire Linux”. The title alone indicates what sort of argument we should expect from this fellow (although he claims in the article that he merely means that Microsoft should acquire all commercial Linux distributors). Hora’s tense, rhetoric, and ability to discriminate between the hypothetical and actual are deeply confused throughout; furthermore, he presents claims like the following without evidence:
Assuming Microsoft makes such a move, it will obviously concern the Linux community, and rightfully so. What would prevent Microsoft from killing Linux just so Windows could continue to be the dominant OS maker? Nothing, to be honest. I suppose the various Linux distributions that Microsoft may acquire would have to work on that with the software giant.
Well, to be honest, one supposes that they would. But Hora’s closing thought is brilliance in 10-point Arial:
With the amount of resources Microsoft has, and its potential threat to Linux, it only makes sense for the two competitors to merge and keep everyone satisfied.
QED, I suppose.
1 As of today, Google identifies only 438 pages linking to cooltechzone.com; a cursory scan indicates that the vast majority of these are located on cooltechzone.com.
2 Here’s an article template for Hora’s site: I’m making a mildly controversial or foolhardy assertion about something that is unlikely to happen. This might not actually be possible for reason X that I will now ignore. I think that person or persons Y would be happy/unhappy in this event, and person or persons Z would be unhappy/happy. Calm down, person Y/Z! Time to wrap things up. The end.
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