11.06.10

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Examples of Stories That Techrights Got Right Well Before the Rest of the Internet/Press

Posted in Site News at 1:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A scorecard for Techrights about the research and analysis which comes out of this Web site

TECHRIGHTS occasionally speaks about expectations, not just the past and the present. People who are already “opponents” of the site choose to dismiss these expectations because such a dismissal is easy; after all, with the expected events not yet occurring, one can say anything to refute them. Here is a list of just 10 things that Techrights got right before they happened:

  1. Patent problems in Mono – Techrights wrote about it years before the FSF reached the same conclusion, based on Microsoft’s Community Promise
  2. Death of Silverlight (for Web usage) – Techrights wrote about it months in advance
  3. Departure of Ray Ozzie – Techrights wrote about the expectation months in advance
  4. Microsoft layoffs – Techrights wrote about it months in advance on several occasions (different waves of layoffs)
  5. OOXML failing – Techrights predicted it would be a disaster and indeed it was
  6. Microsoft attacking Linux with patents (even directly) – Techrights wrote about it years in advance
  7. Microsoft resorting to borrowing of money – Techrights wrote about it years in advance
  8. Xen losing its appeal in the Linux world due to Citrix/Microsoft – Techrights wrote about it years/months in advance
  9. Microsoft entryism – Techrights highlighted cases of entryism which indeed had impact on the companies in question
  10. KIN and Bong [sic] failing (along with other products) – many products that Microsoft simply killed Techrights argued well in advanced were doomed to fail. Vista 7′s poor adoption in the commercial world is a good example of it. It was largely rejected by businesses for the same reasons Vista was rejected, just as Techrights predicted. The expensive hype continues to maintain a distortion of reality.

There are many other examples but we gave just 10. Our opponents should feel free to point out examples where our assessment or predictions were wrong. Overall, the precision rate was quite high. It just takes time for projections to fully materialise and it takes guts the say the unthinkable (or the controversial) before verification.

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