Linux sucks, Apple sucks, and Popularity Isn't Everything

by Dan Zambonini

Disclaimer: This blog is not about Linux or Apple, but rather the sensationalist nature of blogging that encourages low-value content. The irony, eh?


2006-07-21 11:49:44
Hey Loser,

What do you mean by "Linux is neither popular nor valuable."? Huh?

Linux is the best desktop operating system in the world. You suck.

2006-07-21 12:04:16
You Suck! Apple Rocks!

(Sorry, I didn't read past halfway through the headline.)

Dan Zambonini
2006-07-21 12:37:21
Mmm... the sweet taste of traffic... keep it coming!
M. David Peterson
2006-07-21 13:20:33
You have me rolling on this one so badly, I can barely type...

Thanks for the laugh, Dan! :D

2006-07-22 03:44:23
John Dvorak's been doing this for years - he even let it slip out a couple months is on the net somewhere.

Oh, and everyone sucks but me, I am the smartest, my operating system and browser is morally/technically superior, blah blah blah

gaby de wilde
2006-07-23 07:45:32

that proves it "you are an amatureh",
trust me man, soon people won't even bother to comment or reply to your blogs. Then you really know you've won.

Adding that link sure made me look smart didn't it? I must add: subscribing to a oreillynetcom rss feed makes me giggle. I mean commone a netcom comnet sitcom? No offence but where am I???!?! What's the theme of ur homepage?

2006-07-23 08:11:54
Good post!
Chad Smith
2006-07-23 09:32:30
RIGHT ON DUDE! Linux SUX! It's hella not popular, and it's worthless (which is kinda redundant. If it ain't popular, it's worthless.) I didn't really get the rest of your article about celebrities and young people and music charts - but, yeah, Linux is da crap. Windows ROOLZ! Apple is getting better - and by better, I mean more popular, of course.
2006-07-23 09:40:52
Makes some sense. But didnt understand what you meant by Linux is not valuable. Iam not a Linux user, but, if you state that point, you should at list make some good arguments about why you think so.
2006-07-23 09:45:47
Wow, you are an idiot. I can't believe I clicked on the damned link that brought me to your ridiculous blog. I was hoping for a well informed article instead I found your mindless dribble. This is pathetic. Are you really so desperate for attention that you waste time on typing shit like this up? Do the world a favor and die. We sure as hell don't need or want your genes.
2006-07-23 09:48:54
he is doing this for page hits, for a rank on his shotty journalizm, this article has nothing to offer but controversy, that is what he is selling here. BURIED ;)
2006-07-23 09:56:53
I like it.
2006-07-23 10:00:43
Hi, I don't respond to blogs entries often, but nice job all around :)
you idiot!!!!
2006-07-23 10:11:42
This is a very sad article,and a ediotic title "Linux sucks, Apple sucks, and Popularity Isn't Everything". If you know somthing about linux, it is the one who started the whole revolution. I can't believe people like you are allowed to live...

I use Linux and it great, and apple is still better then windows idiot.

2006-07-23 10:12:18
lol @m$ SUX

hopefully he is someone whitty, and not mentally retarded

2006-07-23 10:13:29
simply hilarious!
2006-07-23 10:18:57
Great article, good points, and witty delivery, Dan.

I love how the comments just prove your point... lol

(Are people like M$ SUX, Chad, Edd and Brandon really that stupid? I hope for their own sake that I'm just missing their sarcasm.)

2006-07-23 10:21:19
The honest truth is that Linux, OSX, and Windows all suck. They are all illusions of what they should have been. It is amazing that we put up with this "limited" technology. None of the stuff actually works. It is mostly a series of empty promises and marketing gimmicks..yes, even in Linux. In the end we really are nothing more than lemmings.

Nice work by the way on increasing your web traffic. It is interesting to toy with the average "hackers" mind. If only they understood what you actually were saying, but that would require them to actually "read" the article.

Lakshmi Mareddy
2006-07-23 10:21:30
Nice Article. But it has confirmed my belief that most readers and commentors suffer from ADD. Strolling down the comments list will reveal that :) Subtle humor is more "british" and less rest of the world u know?"
2006-07-23 10:31:31
lol @ ppl who say M$ SUX Linux is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2006-07-23 10:31:57
oh and you're lame for getting traffic like that. cheater

2006-07-23 10:33:27
"I use Linux and it great, and apple is still better then windows idiot."

ROFL at grammar.

2006-07-23 10:36:49
clearly you suck, i didntn read past the headline becuase this is obvoiusly going to be some biased article, but what are you going to use if Apple and Linux suck, WINDOWS? laugh...

Apple + Ubuntu (Dual Boot) = Crazy Delicious

2006-07-23 10:36:52
Now the only question is how may I profit from your newly found tsunami of 2003 slashdot proportions.
2006-07-23 10:45:37
2006-07-23 10:47:42
you people insulting this article have no clue what the hell just happened do you?

the entire point of the article was that we now live in a society in which controversy sells, regardless of its actual value. Our society prefers popularity to quality, and controversy to popularity. The point of his second to last statement was to write something controversial, thus proving his point. he immediately got replies from you chowderheads, screaming and ranting and raving, and all he had to do was right a title that pissed you off, and the second to last line pissing you off. the rest of the article could be anything, and you'd still give him traffic and post here.

wake up.

oh and btw, great article.

2006-07-23 10:54:22
I love it!!! After reading your article and then scrollong down to the first comment... man I laughed so hard, just exactly as you described. Very interesting man!!! You the man!
2006-07-23 11:00:44
Hate to say it...
But I'm here too.... (arrrrrrggggghhhh)
Petro Verkhogliad
2006-07-23 11:04:36
Nice post. I was just talking about this with someone last night.
2006-07-23 11:06:30
^^^ Wisdom of the crowds on display right here folks. ^^^

Good article. Hopefully more people will rebel against the incentive to 'game' the system (be it Digg or the blogosphere), and then blogs will actually start being worth reading again.

Edwin Jose Palathinkal
2006-07-23 11:07:17
The best way to criticize is to mention a general pattern and add a bad tune to it. The best way not to get criticized is to criticize yourself. With that said, I guess you and I are critics who cannot be criticized!
2006-07-23 11:14:21
Linux RuLz and that's that! Here's your traffic............
2006-07-23 11:17:18
I like the post but cant believe how many morons didnt read it as evident in the comments.
Rohan B. Dhruva
2006-07-23 11:21:47
Great !! LOL .. really, very very funny and sarcastic.
2006-07-23 11:21:52
Good article which reflects my own observations. The key of popularity is the shitty content. That is why I have no TV at home :)
jim bob
2006-07-23 11:22:04
hey cool i'm in teh comments.


2006-07-23 11:31:43
you've made your point you traffice freak :)
M. David Peterson
2006-07-23 11:36:07

Thanks for providing some sanity in an insane world of (all too) common comments! I was beginning to lose all hope until I found your follow-up.

Credit to Dan for finding a way to showcase with perfection his entire point in the first place.

2006-07-23 11:38:16
Great work! At a glance it seems a bit unoriginal, but you sensational anti-sensationalism really makes this piece very entertaining and does well to help your message get through to your audience.

Keep it up. Oh, and enjoy the angry comments!

2006-07-23 14:03:55
Traffic : here it comes :)
2006-07-23 19:02:43
Great article! The comments exponentially increase its value. Which allows me to segue into the fact that Linux is popular and valuable. Most servers for the popular games like WOW and servers for this website run linux. This presents the argument that Linux is both popular and valuable. Albeit not to the common user but popular for industry.
2006-07-23 22:15:41
Nice post Dan.
2006-07-23 23:00:32
your site SUX0R3ZZZ!!!!
2006-07-23 23:02:36
The question you need to ask yourself is: what is the value propostion? That is, what core compitencies are leveraged in order to deliver the user a service that can monetize eyeballs in the most effiencent way.
2006-07-24 07:10:09
Good article. I just sit here in amazement reading some of these responses from readers with their knee jerk reactions to your tongue in cheek comments. Damn we need to implement a mandatory IQ check before someone is allowed to get on the Internet.
2006-07-24 07:53:36
What about writing on topics that are both controversial, *and* well researched, accurate, etc.?

Just a thought.

2006-07-24 08:33:32
How many people read this and didn't know what a disclaimer was??

Yay for attracting the inept and militant people to entertain the rest of us!

Wonder what percentage of them have Computer Science degrees too...

2006-07-24 08:37:49
You suck!
2006-07-24 09:13:52
Genius article Dan, and what a wonderful approach to have others illustrate it for you.
2006-07-24 14:44:45
"I don't care what they say about me as long as they spell my name right." Tallulah Bankhead

So you are discovering the difference between journalism and entertainment? Good. This is the same problem as generics of any kind: the inverse relationship of subjective views and objective implementations. "It's in the way that you use it." Eric Clapton.

PageRank works for what it is designed to do: index for the lowest common denominator of user/search. Otherwise, from any particular view, it is simple to game and is full of entanglements (topical wormholes).

Another strategy is to get a commentor to say 'the bad thing'. The result for you is the same: lots of hits.

Value is reckoned in the consequence. See 'metta' and note that all of the qualities are inbound links: in terms of the affected.

No outrage needed. A garage sale is.