Thursday, August 25, 2005
Microsoft history includes Vaspers the Grate
Microsoft history now includes Vaspers the Grate.
This is a bit of a thrill to little obscure Vaspers, the Giant Killer. He's blushing like a ton of tomatoes.
Most of you probably know that I've been contributing what we web usability guys call "user generated content" aka (also known as) "comments" to The Red Couch blog.
Microsoft Chief Blogger, Robert Scoble, and marketing consultant and author Shel Israel have been blogging about a book on business blogging. And the name of that blog is The Red Couch, now aka Naked Conversations.
I was a rather early comment contributor to their blog. Thus, I got embroiled in most of the blogocombat that caused sparks to fly and flames to leap high into the air. How much Bill Gates paid attention to this is unknown to me, but he may have popped in, as a silent lurker, now and then.
Anyway, I was mouthy, brazen, strident, combative, and relentless in my commentary. Not only did I post tons of comments, not only was I often the first to post a comment on any given post, but I also fired off numerous emails to Robert and Shel when I wanted to communicate something privately, aka "back channel".
Sometimes the warfare was frenzied and I verged on sounding like a screaming maniac...when some wanker annoyed me with blatant and unrepentant stupidity. I would keep hammering my opinion until I either convinced or exhausted any opposition. Many times, I had the last word in a comment thread. This is called Triumphalist Blogging.
My proudest moment was when they finally, after prolonged and hot-as-hell heated debate, and my repeated pulverizing of their editor's idea, decided to agree with me, and dropped the book title "Blog or Die".
The point that pushed them to my side was when I said "in some countries, it's Blog AND Die. Bloggers in repressive regimes are killed or imprisoned for blogging and expressing opinions critical of a religion or a government system."
Instead of "Blog or Die", the editor came up with "Naked Conversations", which I totally hate, but in a rare moment of gentlemanly sweetness, I decided to leave it alone. If I launched a campaign against this title, I might be perceived as hopelessly, super-argumentatively antagonistic, and God forbid that I should accidentally achieve that dubious distinction. LOL
So anyway, here's an edited post, published today by Shel Israel, in which he expresses his appreciation for us input warriors.
Acknowledgement--Thanks to You All
by Shel Israel
August 25, 2005
We would like to thank all of the people who gave us constructive input through the blogosphere in the last six months. It is logitically a daunting task and below is draft #1. It includes most of you who left us comments. As we completed it, we realized that we had not followed track backs.
Also, we eliminated any Comments that were not clearly from real humans.
[STREIGHT: A veiled reference to spambot comment spam, something I repeatedly emailed them about, demanding that they immediately delete it, and get better at preventing it. I'm somewhat famous in the blogosphere as a Comment Spam Killer.]
If you left an email and no URL, we eliminated the email address, but will restore it upon your request. If we overlooked you, please let us know. There is still time to add names. If you gave us a link and missed you, please also tell us and we will add you in.
Also, this chapter needs to be edited into hardcopy so the links are to the right of your name, rather than hyperlinked.
The authors give special thanks and undying gratitude to:
* Howard Israel, for teaching his baby brother a passion for books.
* Charlie O’Brien, an eternal friend and mentor.
* Andy Ruff for having the idea that became Naked Conversations.
* Buzz Bruggeman http://buzzmodo.typepad.com/buzznovation , the Connection King for bringing Scoble and Israel together.
* Dave Winer http://www.scripting.com and Dori Smith http://www.backupbrain.com for getting Scoble interested in blogging to begin with.
* Vic Gundotra http://www.vicgundotra.com for taking a deep business risk on hiring Scoble into Microsoft.
* Loic LeMeur http://www.loiclemeur.com/english, for opening Europe to us, and giving us some of our favorite business stories.
* Six Apart for extraordinary cooperation throughout this project.
* Cluetrain Manifesto’s authors Doc Searles, David Weinberger, Rick Levine and Christopher Lock for inspiring this book long before we dreamed of writing it.
* Ernie Svenson, http://www.ernietheattorney.net/ernie_the_attorney for giving us our funniest moment. As he told us how he loved technology, the phone line went dead.
* Jill Fallon http://www.estatelegacyvaults.com/legacy for contributing the most interesting story that did not fit into our book.
* Brewster, Shel’s loyal companion and Kinko, who shared his workdesk.
* Jim Minatel http://wroxblog.typepad.com/minatelfor being a friend as well as an editor.
* Joe Wikert http://jwikert.typepad.com/the_average_joe for being right about publishers and authors being partners and for picking up the Valentine's dinner tab
* Faithe Wempen http://wempen.typepad.com/sycamore_notes our copy editor who proved she is well-named.
* Steven Streight http://www.vaspersthegrate.blogspot.com who posted nearly as many words to our blog as we did.
* To the denizens of the blogosphere of you who left intelligent, constructive and useful comments:
[snip--a dense listing of other valued commenters, including my good friends Paul Woodhouse and Jeremy C. Wright]
Thank you one and all
So, dear friends and allies, this is a nice thing, right?
Now, I know many of you have no great love for Microsoft or Bill Gates, but I do like them. I use MSN dial up internet connection, but I use Firefox browser.
I like Windows OS, though I know that the vulnerabilities may be due to their commercial pandering to the dumbed down file sharers and newbies who want to do lots of frivolous activities.
I hate and despise crackers and worm/virus/malware code writers who, in their hatred for Windows and MS, infect the web with their scumbag creations. Opposing a large corporation is one thing, destroying home PCs and organizational networks is quite another.
Virus/worm/malware writers: screw you and your mother.
But, happy day, I, the notorious Vaspers the Grate, the love machine, the most hated blogger in the blogosphere, after Maddox, I am now a tiny part of Microsoft and blogospheric history. Nice.
[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 8/25/2005 04:15:00 PM