04.30.09

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What Happened to The Inquirer?

Posted in Hardware, SUN at 2:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Requirer Requires skepticism

Summary: Warning about the descending publication pace and quality at The Inquirer

THE Inquirer seems to be continuing its sad demise. The founder, Mike Magee, had left not so long ago, the publication rate fell by almost half earlier this year and the reporting has been fairly poor since then. Two days ago they announced the release (final) of Firefox 3.5. The comments had it corrected repeatedly.

A reader has mailed us the following warning about what he considers “standard hardware” FUD:

This is a weird piece from the inquirer. Usually they write better articles.

I’m wondering if it has the stench of Enderle. The jab at the bottom is pure disinformation and contradicted.

Using Intel is just bad business whether you are in the EU, Asia or the US.

2005:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4675849.stm

2006:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/technology/04intel.html
http://www.betanews.com/article/Korean-Antitrust-…

2007:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2007/07/eu-slap…

2008:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-9993451-92.html
http://arstechnica.com/hardware/news/2008/06/south-korea-fi…
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/07/technolo…

2009:
http://venturebeat.com/2009/04/23/european-union-expec…

Using x86 at all just further entrenches Intel even if other vendors are used. Since it will be some weeks before Oracle is able to make an official press release and road map for its recent acquisitions, Microsoft astroturfers can have an unopposed field day.

This would not be a sole example.

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5 Comments

  1. notzed said,

    April 30, 2009 at 3:43 am

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    Seems like a typical unsubstantiated inflamatory opinion piece from the Inq, which is pretty much business as usual for them; it’s why i read it. Even if it is dropping off a bit lately.

    At least they’re obviously entertainment, and don’t make out they’re being too serious, and tend to piss everyone off at some point or another (no doubt on purpose).

  2. The Mad Hatter said,

    April 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm

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    The Register went downhill when Mike left. The Inquirer is going downhill now that he’s left. I saw this coming when he announced that he was selling. Both publications have lost their spark, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them close.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    He was selling? To whom? I must have missed it.

    As a side note, The Register is known to have at least two Microsoft ‘moles’ in it now.

    The Mad Hatter Reply:

    Mike sold in January 2006:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2006/jan/26/news.business

    and left in January 2008:
    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/426/1024426/mike-magee-leave-inquirer

    The only reporters there now that I trust are Eva Glass and Charlie Demerjian.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Yes, Microsoft tried sending gifts to Charlie Demerjian, but instead of accepting the gifts he exposed Microsoft’s disingenuous offer.

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