Jag är inte heller en Microsoft-talesman på svenska

The Swedes haven't quite figured out that my blog entries do not constitute the official position of Microsoft Corporation. I like how they don't even mention my name anywhere. They just say "Microsoft doesn't this" and "Microsoft doesn't that". If you go back to the article they used as a source, you'll see that I provided a variety of reasons for not going into the Start menu point system, but this author decided to claim that reason 1 was not only the only reason but in fact the official reason.

Perhaps I should have used a CGI script which randomized the order of the items each time you refreshed.

Comments (20)
  1. Nish says:

    > The Swedes haven’t quite figured out <<

    Is it not ironic that you are complaining that they generalize your comments to that of Microsoft’s official stance and then you generalize one article’s contents as the opinions of an entire nation (though I am hoping it was attempted humor).

  2. anon says:

    There’s only two things I hate in this world.  People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures and the Swedes.

  3. jc says:

    Link to your original article please?  I haven’t been reading that long.

    [The links are at the bottom of the Swedish article. -Raymond]
  4. Did you see this post at blogs.msdn.com

  5. S says:

    Ta inte det TechWorld skriver seriöst.

  6. Sohail says:

    You spelled ASP.NET wrong.

  7. Paxi says:

    IDG/Techworld is the computer magazine equivalent of a tabloid. I’m not the least surprised that they did that.

    No one i know takes any of those sites seriously, but they’re usually good for a laugh.

  8. Cathy says:

    “Mer information hittar du här och här.”

    When I read that, it seems likely that the sentence means “More information <something> you here and here.”  The second “here” is the link to Raymond’s blog post.

    Maybe it’s because I dabble in foreign languages and thus my thought process doesn’t go to pieces when a word isn’t obviously English, but it does not seem very hard for a reasonably smart person to find the links in the article.  Knowing Swedish is not a requirement.

    Look for the different-colored word, the underlined word, or “view source” and find the hrefs.  Barring that, go the end of the article like Raymond said and start trying to sound out words (assuming you can read the alphabet).  You’d be surprised how many foreign words sound an awful lot like English ones.

    [The article contains only two links, and both of them point to me, so I didn’t think it would’ve been that hard to find. -Raymond]
  9. It is impossible to speak so precisely, explicitly and logically that stupid people cannot misinterpret your comments. Stupid people are by definition insensitive to precision, explication, and logic: If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be stupid.

  10. JenK says:

    <i> Perhaps I should have used a CGI script which randomized the order of the items each time you refreshed. </i>

    *snerk* *chuckles*

    I think you should. Much better than a standar ol list.  

    Oh, and thanks for the laugh.  

    (PS to Nish: Yes, I assume it’s humor. Raymond has a rather dry sense of humor … perhaps not everyone uses that sort of humor?)

  11. jc says:

    "[The links are at the bottom of the Swedish article. -Raymond]"

    Thanks, I found them.  It would have been *really* easy if I could, you know, read Swedish.

  12. Johan Thelin says:

    Perhaps you should start blogging in Swedish – making it more clear to the Swedish press what you mean, and reducing the risk that anyone else would ever understand it (as a previous commenter said – easy to read, hard (impossible?) to understand). And yes, jag talar (och läser) Svenska :-)

  13. MS says:

    "It would have been *really* easy if I could, you know, read Swedish."

    I can read Swedish, but understanding it is a bit tough.  

  14. vP says:

    I was wondering about this Swedish thing in your blog. For a person called Raymond Chen, Swedish doesn’t really sound like mother’s tongue. And I really didn’t see how you knew Swedish without having parent(s) speaking it or being migrated into Sweden. (Not that all Swedish-speakers do have names like Anders, Pelle or Linus ;-)).

    Well, after googling around, Wikipedia claimed you’ve learned some alien languages as a hobby. Quite a hobby indeed!

  15. Boris says:

    “Well, after googling around, Wikipedia claimed you’ve learned some alien languages as a hobby.”

    The article doesn’t mention any alien languages, only foreign languages.

    [vP doesn’t appear to be a native speaker of English, so this sort of error is understandable. No need to carp on it. -Raymond]
  16. Swedish Reader says:

    As others have pointed out, the IDG papers in Sweden aren’t exactly famous for their correctness. A couple of months ago Computer Sweden had a list where they proclaimed that the C programming language was dead…

  17. Name required says:

    The Swedes haven’t quite figured out that

    What, the whoile country?

  18. zzz says:

    Going off topic but since you mentioned randomizing items on a menu, there’s this moderately succesfull game called EVE Online where they wrote the client and server in Python.

    I’m not certain why it’s the case, you’d think they have some kind of item ID backing the items in these lists/menus but what happens quite often is that you can click same item many times on the list then one time it’s not the same item anymore even though visually the list looks the same.

    Take what I said above and apply to it everything about this game and you have to wonder how they have hundred thousand subscribers!

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