Summary: The Guardian shames itself by telling obvious lies in a show about Windows
THE GUARDIAN is generally a decent publication, but on several occasions we have shown that The Guardian spreads anti-GNU/Linux venom. It very typically comes from Microsoft Jack. See for example [1, 2, 3]. Just days ago we found anti-GNU/Linux rhetoric in The Guardian, twice even; it’s courtesy of Microsoft Jack again.
Two British readers of ours have independently complained about even worse content in The Guardian, namely a new podcast. ThistleWeb writes: “on the tech podcast from the Guardian, Windows special….Windows rep claiming “we introduced people to the GUI” ROFL”
“It’s a “history of Windows” special,” emphasises ThistleWeb. He adds another mind-blowing quote from the podcast: “One of the principles behind the design of Windows 7 was to make you feel like you were in control…”
“…..without actually giving you control,” sarcastically remarks ThistleWeb.
“Windows rep claiming “we introduced people to the GUI”…”
–ThistleWeb“In fairness it is a Windows special,” he adds, “interviewing MS employees speaking as MS employees….but they do say a number of wrong or misleading things.”
ThistleWeb points out some slip-ups, such as, from the podcast: “the initial impression is how much it looks like Vista, which is the thing I’m not supposed to say.”
Another reader of ours, whose identity shall remain anonymous, writes:
Guardian reinventing history, listen to the audio, MS introduced the GUI to the world.
“We introduced this amazing concept to the world it was called the GUI, the graphical user interface,” –Nick McGrath
Introducing a thing called DDE… overlapping screens or Windows…
Introduced a SDK, a single development kit.. the entire independent software community grow up around Windows…
Introduced file and print management…
Solitaire designed to teach people how to use the mouse? (this it total revisionist bullsh*t)…
Reason why we built NT, no mention of OS/2 or IBM (must be erased from history)…
“You gotta do a transcript,” said this reader, “I notice a lot of this kind of stuff recently. Putting it out on audio/video so as Google can’t pick it up.”
“How much would it cost a business to buy an advert of this size in the Guardian,” asks our reader.
“Listen to the end,” he summarises rather than concludes, “someone calls them on it. Why is it that in interviewing tech CEOs they give them a blank cheque to say what they like without calling them on it?” ThistleWeb wrote a few minutes ago: “I never noticed just how much of a MS shill Jack Schofield is until I listen[ed] to this sh*t.”
Recently we wrote about The Register's adverts that are published as 'articles' or 'whitepapers'. It is all rather sad. The Register also hosts Microsoft podcasts from Gavin Clarke and Mary Jo Foley, who are both Microsoft boosters.
What is happening to the British press? The Telegraph, for example, is now checking GNU/Linux usage in English-speaking countries where Mac figures are very high and GNU/Linux very low; this is not representative of the global sample set at all. There is so much hostility towards Free software in the English-speaking countries, whereas in countries like Italy, France or Germany, for example, the story is vastly different. How about Brazil? █