I have had a problem with dasBlog by which the first load of a page on this site (via permalinks) would serve up a 404, but if you refreshed, you’d get the page. The solution appears to be at hand: by turning off the Movable Type blacklist in the configuration, all is well (I think).
So first a writer in Australia says that “Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista operating system is set to be rewritten,” and the blogosphere goes crazy. Then Scoble wigs out and says:
- It’s not true;
- It’s absurd to the point of being non-credible; and
- If you link to the original article, Scoble won’t link to you.
Let’s start at the last point: here’s the original article. For a guy whose great theme is PR as “conversation,” the threat is unseemly at best, hypocritical at worst. Because, to move on to point #2, the assertion is not absurd on its face. Amazing, incredible, disastrous: yes. Prima facie absurd? No. The development of Vista has been extremely rocky and huge projects with troubled histories often end up in a quagmire. Even if the proposition that Vista is in a horrid quagmire is an extraordinary claim requiring extraordinary sourcing, given the lack of technical precision in mainstream tech publications, the assertion could be an overly dramatic statement of the not-absurd premise that up to 60% of the subsystems unique to the consumer version need refactoring. If that were the case, it would mean a delay in schedule for Vista, but at this point, it’s not like that is unthinkable.