Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 15:44 UTC
In the News I figured the whole "Windows-7-ate-my-RAM!"-thing would be one-item only, but apparently, it won't be. Over the weekend, the situation got a lot murkier. As it turns out, Craig Barth, the supposed CTO of Devil Mountain Software, was actually an InfoWorld blogger/editor - who has been fired from InfoWorld over all this. Someone on the web who isn't who he claims to be? Surely you jest! Update: Ars' Peter Bright has published an article about this as well.
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About time
by f0dder on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 15:59 UTC
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Good to see that jerk exposed. The guy is a decent writer, and certainly has a flair for drama - that much you'll have to credit him for. But he's a complete fraud with apparently no technical skills ;)

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So I wonder...
by red_devel on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 16:14 UTC
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So I wonder who this "Thom Howlwerda" character will turn out to be once OS News is exposed! =P

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RE: So I wonder...
by looncraz on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 16:20 UTC in reply to "So I wonder..."
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Maybe looncraz??

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RE[2]: So I wonder...
by ebasconp on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 18:16 UTC in reply to "RE: So I wonder..."
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Actually I think "she" mixed up the letters of her real name: "Ema Holdthrow" ;)

Edited 2010-02-22 18:18 UTC

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RE[2]: So I wonder...
by judgen on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 18:24 UTC in reply to "RE: So I wonder..."
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Thom=Woz ;-D

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RE: So I wonder...
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 16:59 UTC in reply to "So I wonder..."
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I'm... Thom. I'm not important enough by any stretch of the imagination (imagined or otherwise) to have pseudonyms or to use my middle initial on the web.

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RE[2]: So I wonder...
by NeoX on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 17:12 UTC in reply to "RE: So I wonder..."
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I'm... Thom. I'm not important enough by any stretch of the imagination (imagined or otherwise) to have pseudonyms or to use my middle initial on the web.


Oh come on don't be so humble! ;-) Without you a good number of readers would have to get their OS news fix dredging through various sites on the net. Don't underestimate the service you do for the OS news world. :-)

Peace Out.

-Paul and Yeah that is my real name!

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RE[2]: So I wonder...
by SneakyD on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 18:42 UTC in reply to "RE: So I wonder..."
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I thought that "_" was your middle initial.

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RE[3]: So I wonder...
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 19:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So I wonder..."
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Technically, it's A. Thom Arvid Holwerda.

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RE[4]: So I wonder...
by imtiaz on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 01:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: So I wonder..."
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at last we came to know about "Arvid" :-))

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RE[2]: So I wonder...
by TBPrince on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 18:59 UTC in reply to "RE: So I wonder..."
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Sure... and my name is Clark Kent... we got you busted, you Im-just-Thom ;-) Get out slowly with raised hands... I said: SLOWLY...

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RE[2]: So I wonder...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 22:14 UTC in reply to "RE: So I wonder..."
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No, I'm afraid you misunderstood. We don't think that Thom has pseudonyms to protect Thom's identity. We think Thom is the pseudonym of a much more powerful person.

We just need to figure out who stands the most to gain from Thom's writing. Then we need to cross check that with a list of people we haven't seem in the same room as Thom.

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RE[3]: So I wonder...
by ssa2204 on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 22:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So I wonder..."
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No, I'm afraid you misunderstood. We don't think that Thom has pseudonyms to protect Thom's identity. We think Thom is the pseudonym of a much more powerful person.

We just need to figure out who stands the most to gain from Thom's writing. Then we need to cross check that with a list of people we haven't seem in the same room as Thom.


Well Thom is Dutch from what I gather, and I have yet to ever see him in the same room as Paul Verhoeven. So, maybe Thom can please explain how the hell did he mess up Zwartboek, a movie that starts out beautifully but ends up with the dumbest of the dumb endings. At least it didn't have Rutger Hauer....come to think of it, I have yet to see Rutger Hauer and Thom in the same room, much less same movie.

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RE[4]: So I wonder...
by polaris20 on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 23:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: So I wonder..."
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Ah, we only think he's Dutch. He's actually Australian, and answers to his given name Mick Dundee. ;)

As for the story, I think it's awesome that Kennedy got canned, because I think he's an asshole regardless of whether or not he lies. Which he clearly does.

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RE: So I wonder...
by Karitku on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 17:29 UTC in reply to "So I wonder..."
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So I wonder who this "Thom Howlwerda" character will turn out to be once OS News is exposed! =P

Clearly if your remove some letters on his "name" and add others you can get Chuck Norris. *Puts sunglasses on while rock 'n roll plays in background*

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Thurrott's take
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 16:34 UTC
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Paul Thurrott has written a post claiming that InfoWorld had always been aware of the situation - and only ditched Kennedy because they new the ZDnet piece was coming:

http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archive/2010/02/21/ins...

Kennedy makes similar claims in some of his comments on the ZD article.

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RE: Thurrott's take
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 19:23 UTC in reply to "Thurrott's take"
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because they knew the ZDnet piece was coming:


There, fixed that for me (note to self: no posting comments on OSNews until after at least my 4th or 5th cup of coffee).

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RE: Thurrott's take
by darknexus on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 19:34 UTC in reply to "Thurrott's take"
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Anyone can claim just about anything they want to in a blog piece, and I trust Thurrott about as much as I trusted Kennedy's opinions in the past, which is to say I trust him not at all. It's an interesting theory, I'll give Thurrott that much and certainly wouldn't be uncommon given modern business ethics or should I say the lack of them.

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RE[2]: Thurrott's take
by Karitku on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 19:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Thurrott's take"
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Anyone can claim just about anything they want to in a blog piece, and I trust Thurrott about as much as I trusted Kennedy's opinions in the past, which is to say I trust him not at all. It's an interesting theory, I'll give Thurrott that much and certainly wouldn't be uncommon given modern business ethics or should I say the lack of them.

Kennedy himself has accused InfoWorld for knowing what he was doing. Keep mind that most of those bloggers know each other personally mostly thru Microsoft press events. I think it was during last year Kennedy was dropped from Microsoft PR list and he didn't got PR laptop for loan(it was preloaded with Windows 7). He basicly wrote lot of fud articles after that. So I'm not suprised him accusing Microsoft, althou sounds pretty paranoid.

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RE[2]: Thurrott's take
by StephenBeDoper on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 00:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Thurrott's take"
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Anyone can claim just about anything they want to in a blog piece


Of course. Which is why I described it as a claim, and not a fact (pointing out a claim is not the same thing as endorsing it).

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RE[2]: Thurrott's take
by kaiwai on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 06:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Thurrott's take"
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Anyone can claim just about anything they want to in a blog piece, and I trust Thurrott about as much as I trusted Kennedy's opinions in the past, which is to say I trust him not at all. It's an interesting theory, I'll give Thurrott that much and certainly wouldn't be uncommon given modern business ethics or should I say the lack of them.


What a load of bullshit; Paul had his bullshit detector and smelt the charlatan almost 2 years ago:

http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archive/2008/11/25/win...

So please, unless you know what the heck you're speaking about - refrain from posting your poorly constructed opinions with such arrogant gusto as you did in your post.

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RE: Thurrott's take
by Soulbender on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 03:59 UTC in reply to "Thurrott's take"
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Paul Thurrott has written a post claiming that InfoWorld had always been aware of the situation


Uhm, that's not what he says. He claim ZDNet informed Infoworld prior to publishing their article. That's quite different from "has always been aware".

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Oh what a...
by Drunkula on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 18:10 UTC
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What a tangled web he weaves. I'm glad he was exposed for what he is.

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This is classic
by Dirge on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 20:38 UTC
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2005-07-14

Oh the drama on the internets.

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Commander McBragg here...
by Tuishimi on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 21:00 UTC
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...Did I ever tell you about the time I exposed a Microsoft and InfoWorld conspiracy to hide the truth about Windows 7?

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Who's next?
by morglum666 on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 23:08 UTC
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My vote is with svjn!

Morglum

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Thom is???
by DougInKY on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 23:25 UTC
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Oh I don't know. Until today I firmly believed Thom was/is Thom. A real person who didn't use a pseudonym. Now I have a niggling doubt. Maybe he really is, as another poster suggested, really Linus. I have never seen them in the same room together.

Never mind that I have never met either one in person.

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Shocking! NOT!
by ferrels on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 23:50 UTC
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2006-08-15

Climate-change research data manipulated.

"News" outlet promotes movie without revealing they're a major investor......

Now, shady journalism to enhance someone's bank account...

Business as usual in the world of journalism. Just like mom taught me, don't believe everything you read.

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2007-02-17

http://www.the-source.com/2010/02/my-interview-with-devil-mountains...

Q: do you think that users of that “monitoring software” would continue to use that software?

A: Well, they are running Microsoft Windows.


Classic.

Edited 2010-02-23 11:29 UTC

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Open policy
by DigitalAxis on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 19:17 UTC
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2005-08-28

Well, I suppose today is as good a day as any to reveal that I have been lying to all of you for years now; I am actually a semi-articulate cabbage with a combover.

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RE: Open policy
by Kroc on Wed 24th Feb 2010 10:03 UTC in reply to "Open policy"
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"I'm sorry, Bridget, but can I steep some identificaption?"
http://hrwiki.org/wiki/Senor_Cardgage

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