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01.23.10

Another Microsoft Vice President Abandons the Company

Posted in Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell at 10:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Any more corporate vice presidents left to jump ship?

Summary: Enrique Rodriguez is the latest corporate vice president to leave Microsoft ”to pursue other interests” and Microsoft is already spinning the news, having previously hidden it

THE GREAT exodus of Microsoft managers continues in its destructive path that breeds disarray. Microsoft still announces these departures secretly (or lets them be known a long time after the actual departures, usually upon questioning). It is essentially hiding or sweeping bad news under the rug using those classic and shameless euphemisms like “reorganisation”, which is what Microsoft and Novell typically call it when there is an en masse departure (exodus) leaving a management vacuum. The departure of Rodriguez is almost impossible to find, but it was bundled and lumped onto another blog post.

Earlier this week, Microsoft reorg’d the TV, Video and Media (TVM) group, which was headed by Corporate Vice President Enrique Rodriguez. Rodriquez has left the company (”decided to pursue other interests”).

Wow. Why didn’t Microsoft announce this? At first it was unknown what would happen to Rodriguez, but Microsoft watcher Joseph Tartakoff eventually confirmed that he was leaving.

According to Tartakoff, “Last February, Microsoft split the Zune team along hardware and software lines, putting Zune software—like the ZunePass music subscription service—under Rodriguez, while placing the Zune hardware business under the auspices of a Windows Mobile executive.”

“I don’t think Microsoft can differentiate between truth and lie now…”
      –Goblin
It seems like Windows Mobile is indeed due to appear only next year [1, 2], as some recent rumours suggested. This is disastrous to Windows as Linux is already making huge gains. Microsoft responds to this by throwing FUD at mobile Linux (leading to backlash) because it's the only strategy Microsoft understands.

Microsoft basically chooses the Linux FUD that “choice is detrimental”, which is a myth that has been debunked a lot, more recently even by Nokia (which champions Symbian and dominates the mobile market). We also found a couple of UK-based journalists who are typically hostile towards Linux (Kelly Fiveash is one of them) spreading the myth that only people are are paid to code will ever write Free software like Linux. It is important to watch how (and respond to) the Microsoft boosters try to spin good news about developers being paid to write GPL-licensed code as something that’s bad news for Linux. It is rather amazing how dishonest one can be given the convictions and sometimes the incentives from Microsoft. The recipe for spinning good news as bad news (and vice versa) can also be seen above, as a departure of a vice president gets described as something positive, a “reorganisation”.

“I think Microsoft has become so caught up in its own PR it actually believes everything it says,” said our reader Goblin last night, adding: “I don’t think Microsoft can differentiate between truth and lie now [...] and those MS employee’s that know the truth, won’t dare say it because they’ll lose their jobs. [...] there was a chap who was left behind in WW1 and believed the war was still going on…..that’s a little how Ballmer is, he is told what he wants to hear and the wibbly wobbly world he lives in is not the one everyone else is….that explains his bizarre behavior.”

Our reader FurnaceBoy shrewdly said that “truth is sunlight to the Microsoft vampire” and Goblin then found this gem from the news:

Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg said in a recent interview:

We never intended to ever mislead people. [...]

Right. Of course.

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6 Comments

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    January 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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    Just like roaches when a building is bug-bombed, they just move nearby. Just like Evil, failure doesn’t go away, it just goes somewhere else.

    Rodriguez brought Bill’s mockery of the iPod / iTunes to the market. What is he going to mess up now and where will he mess it up?

    truth is sunlight to the Microsoft vampire

    Great quote.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Based on the remark “pursue other interests”, he does seem likely to appear somewhere else in IT.

    I’ll keep an eye open.

  2. TheTruth said,

    January 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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    Hey KOMRAD, oh I mean ROY, I guess you know all about not being able to determine the difference between truth, and outright lies.

    It seems to me KOMRAD ROY that you and you’re fellow cultists, have no idea what truth is. I followed your links, to you’re site, and more links, and more links, and when I read you’re ‘articles’ it’s clear you are more than willing to lie, flat out, bald faced to make you’re point.

    Or you get some of your minions to do you’re lying for you, like youre good friend and fellow sockpuppet Goblin.

    You make a claim that MS was producing FUD about linux mobile, so I decided to follow you long chain of links, and I find the article from you and I DO NOT SEE any statements from MS about linux at all.

    I see some MS employees selling stocks, and somehow you manage to spin this into a web of lies and false claims.

    It’s almost as if you cannot differentiate between the truth and lies. (where have I heard that before).

    So by making is so difficult to confirm you’re claims, with link after linux to you’re own articles. Obfication is what it’s called, or just outright lies and spin.

    SO I guess you can put it over you’re groomed minions, and you can get them to believe you’re FUD, but everyone else actually looks for proof of you’re claims, and it’s never there !!

    Thats right Komrad ROY, people do actually check out you’re spin doctoring, and FUD/Propaganda. ANd see you for exactly what you are ROY, KOMRAD.

    An outright lier, and incapable of descerning between truth and fiction.

    No wonder you have absolutely ZERO credability.

    Once day you’ll speak the truth and no one will believe you, as you are know for you’re spin, and if not outright lying the bending of the truth, or selectively cherry picking comment snippets.

    Or quoting message posters to blogs, or sighting “anonymous” claims, and presenting it as fact.

    The only facts you are aware of KOMROY is ,,, well I cant answer that, it appears you are not aware of facts, truth and you appear incapable of actually looking at the information and drawing real life conclusions from it.

    You are a spin doctor, and you are not even a good one, seeing the gaping holes in you’re arguments, is just getting too easy, there is no challenge in it.

    It’s a trivial exercise to disprove you’re FUD, and all I have to do is follow the links you provide, mostly to you’re own site.

    where you constantly make claims, that clearly are not true, but it shows you are willing to lie on their behalf to allow you to generate you’re low grade FUD, propaganda and to keep your little cult group happy, and you’re ego well pumped up. :)

    Good luck with you’re reputation, if you ever get one…

    Mikko Reply:

    in you little world

    open source = kommunism ?

  3. TheTruth said,

    January 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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    looks like you site was offline for about 30 minutes, you might want to think about using … I dont know, MS windows, then you may not have all the problems you are having now.

    Or you could actually learn a bit about computers, oh thats right, you’re not interested in actually contributing to FOSS, you’re more happy turning people OFF FOSS, just so you can stroke you’re own and gobblins, furnaceboy, cubezz, or any others from you’re little cultist hate group, wallowing in you’re own crapulance.

    your_friend Reply:

    The site was here, better run a virus check on that Windows box of yours. It would be a shame if rude people were able to use it to annoy others.

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