[kwlug-disc] Astroturf Farming

John Kerr jkerr0102 at rogers.com
Wed Jun 23 21:45:42 EDT 2010

Yes it is over the top, but you cut off the quotation at the end. I will put it back in
for you:
"Jesters do oft prove prophets."  -- Shakespeare, in King Lear, 

To jest one often does go over the top. 

You may have heard this before: "Many a true word is spoken in jest."

But I am glad that you use the term "over the top". To me nothing is more over the top than the use of the word "Partner" by Microsoft.

Oh you are a Certified Microsoft Partner are you?  A Partner? wow. You get dividend cheques? When is Bill Gates coming over for dinner? When do you attend the next Microsoft board meeting?

Reality check:
You buy enough stuff from us and we will call you a partner. It is almost laughable when adult businessmen swallow this crap. Now they want to pull the wool over the eyes of young people.

It is a curious trait in modern people this thing I call  product worship. You have seen them: "what you drive a Ford? what are you some kind of degenerate?" "Hey man I just buy what I need at the best price I can. It could have been a Chev -- getta life."

It is scary when this product worship is directed at a monopolist. I think they will make a good run at it.

I hope this clears it up.



Where is all the knowledge we lost with information? -- T.S. Elliot.
John Eddie Kerr | Guelph, Ontario 

--- On Wed, 6/23/10, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

From: unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca>
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Astroturf Farming
To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 7:20 PM

I think that's a little over the top.

I've no doubt many other institutions, that you would consider worthy,
have similar programs. Perhaps, say, for example, Google's summer of code.

John Kerr wrote, On 06/23/2010 2:26 PM:
> Is it the Ballmer Youth? All they need now is brown shirts and
> black shorts. It is written someplace in the Halloween files, I
> believe, that to make the "little people" feel important.
> Hail Ballmer!

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