January 24, 2005
Okay, so all of a sudden, Nick Ciarelli is the first amendment poster child, taking on big, bad Apple for trying to silence him.
If you listen to Nick and his lawyer, why, you'd think that Apple was quashing an innocent boy who had no idea that he was publishing trade secrets, and even if he was, so what? The people have a right to know, and Apple wasn't really harmed. It's not like he did anything wrong or anything.
Personally, I think it's a load of crap. Think Secret has always been about one thing...getting people to break NDA so that they can get cool screen shots. That site got how many cease and desist orders a month? When you lead the count for getting fussed at by lawyers due to posting pics of pre-release software, your ability to claim innocence is gone, gone and dead. Nick wasn't reporting news, or breaking legitimate stories. You can do that just fine without breaking NDAs, or encouraging others to do so. There's hundreds of sites that do that every day.
Think Secret was about Nick having the biggest rumor dick on the Web, and nothing more. He was taking the place of “Mac the Knife” and getting much love from the Mac Faithful, and the occasional space in legit rags like eWeek.. Who wouldn't like that? But he's about as much a news site as Hedda Hopper was.
There's a dozen things Nick could have done with the information he got. He could have used it to carefully build really good stories, and then the day the product in question was released, he could have released some really excellent stuff, with a lot more depth and analysis than anyone else. That would be using his information constructively, and he would have been able to smoke everyone else in the process. Not as much instant gratification as rumors, but in the long run, it would have made his journalism career soar.
He could have written around the information, and used it with public information to create better articles without getting into NDA issues at all.
He could have done a lot of things.
But, since he's a kid, and kids, especially the male variety can only think with their privates until about 30, he decided to try to be “Teh Kewlness” and dump pre-release info as fast as he got it. There's no way in hell he could have not known this stuff was under NDA. No way in hell. He was reminded of it constantly.
But man, when you're a teenager, and guys like Matthew Rothenberg are kissing your ass because of your “insight”, that's a hard thing to resist. When people are begging you for more, it's hard to say no. It's fun to be special, to have access to stuff no one else has. There's nothing wrong with that. But when you abuse that information, then you're a dupe. In a lot of ways, I almost feel bad for the kid. You think Rothenberg and eWeek chipped in to his defense? Oh hell no, if they had, he wouldn't need a pro bono lawyer. Oh, they're write all these great articles about how noble Nick is, and how evil Apple is. But Nick...when the shit hit the fan, your “loyal supporters” let you twist in the wind, said “That's a real shame man, oh look at the time, gotta run”.
Nick...you got served. Like a turkey at thanksgiving, you got served.
Do you think anyone's ever going to trust you again? Once this is done, and years of your life are eaten up by it, you think anyone's going to trust you with any information ever again? Doubtful. You've revealed your price man. You've shown that for the fleeting touch of fair-weather lips upon your behind, you'll sell out so fast you leave a flame trail. At least if there had been significant amounts of money involved, that would be somewhat respectable. But you didn't even get paid well.
Think about this. Establishing trust, especially with people inside of Apple is really hard. When they talk to you in private, they are literally risking their jobs. It takes a long time to establish that trust, and we really, really get pissed when some dingaling craps all over it. You got busted kid, and you're going to hide behind a pro bono lawyer to get out of it. Enjoy your fame, because that's all you're going to get out of it. Try not to take the hatred from those of us doing things the old fashioned-way too hard, we just have these old-school attitudes about trust and journalism.
In the end, everyone's going to lose on this.| Comments ()
January 20, 2005
Scripts from my Macworld session
So, as promised, and only a few days late, here are the links to my scripts from my CUPS session at Macworld. I'd really like to thank everyone who attended, especially the people who asked questions that I had a hard time answering or couldn't answer well at all. Those are the ones that make it fun.
They're Stuffit files, so just ctrl-click on the links and download them directly, or option-click on them to download them.
Again, I really want to thank everyone who came. Without you folks, there'd be no Conference.| Comments ()
January 15, 2005
Not a preface
A very good friend of mine, Schoun Regan just got a book published, and if you have any need for a Mac OS X Server book, then you need to run, not walk, and buy it. Buy two, they're small.
Now, in all truthfulness, I should have wrote this book. In fact, at one point I was.
You know what? This is a better book than I either would have or could have wrote. Everyone has biases in their experiences. Schoun, due to his job of teaching people how to use Mac OS X Server, has seen a far larger variety of implementations than I ever will, and has far better documentation to draw on than I would have. I even told Peachpit to go talk to Schoun. I'm glad they did.
Schoun's a really good guy, a really smart guy, and probably the best person teaching Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. Read his book, and when you want more, hire him to teach you.
You won't be disappointed.| Comments ()