My evil essence revealed

I found it amusing that somebody considered the fact that Microsoft employees can read my queued-up blog entries before the articles are published to be further evidence of Microsoft's evil essence as a monopoly.

Just for the record, this is not evidence of Microsoft's evil essence as a monopoly. Rather, it's evidence of Raymond's evil essence as a monopoly, because the monopoly on blog articles written by Raymond Chen that haven't yet been published belongs to me.

Comments (21)
  1. pete.d says:

    For those that don't read Russian:

  2. Danny Moules says:

    I'm calling the EU.. ;)

  3. jeffdav says:

    One of my most-missed perks of working at MSFT.  

  4. Bob says:

    I love how one of the few "words" I can read is "M$" — apparently a global phenomenon that transcends mere human language.

  5. Troll says:

    LOL. Was this post also pre written and posted later?

  6. Mike Caron says:

    @Troll: Since that… "article" was posted late 2009, I suspect so.

    @pete.d: As further proof of MS'$ evil, the comments of that page are not translated by M$'s own translator!

  7. AntiTrust says:

    Lets bring this case to supreme court then raymond is forced to publish his articles at once. And justice will be served.

  8. David Walker says:

    Such a stupid thing for "somebody" to even be worrying about.  What's wrong with internal employees getting to see the articles early?  There are more important things to spend time on in this world, people!

  9. Chris Kent says:

    I'm imagining Raymond sitting in an evil lair, laughing maniacally! "No one will read my blog until I let them! Mwa ha ha ha ha!" Pure evil.

    (He sounds something like this:…/Evillaugh.ogg)

  10. dasuxullebt says:

    Actually, what some people do not seem to understand is that – from the perspective of an advocate for free software – meanwhile M$ is the lesser evil, compared to some other companies. But of course, this has nothing to do with Blog-Posts being readable to employees first. Actually, it is a sign of transparency that M$ gives its employees a platform to share their expierience.

    The thing I mainly miss on this Blog is a possibility to link one's own Website in comments, as it is given in most other blogs. Probably many commentors here have websites that could be interesting to others. But that is the decision of the Blog-Hoster or Author, and major (german) newspapers do not allow such links in their comments, too.

    [If you create a profile, your comments will link to your profile, and you can add a link to your Web site on your profile page. -Raymond]
  11. NT says:

    Rumor has it that Raymond has an underground skull-shaped office on an island in the middle of the fountain outside the building 9 cafeteria.

  12. It's actually a trap anyway. If you read ahead in the queue you just find yourself sad when there is nothing new-to-you in the public feed.

  13. Andrew Lambert says:

    I'm interested in learning more about "creative API abuse on Linux and FreeBSD," Raymond. When are you going to publish that post? ;)

    [Slashdot did it for me. -Raymond]
  14. Cheong says:

    Bye the same logic, we can also say Microsoft employee can read chapters from Microsoft Press writers' books before they're even published, so Microsoft must be evil. [/s]

    Btw, I can read some chapters from Microsoft too (I think I've read some chapters from BornToLearn or other MS blogs for community to review about a week ago), so I must be also evil.

  15. Ens says:

    If it makes you feel better, I haven't been able to access the pre-blog in ages (maybe the address changed; I don't know).

  16. Gabe says:

    My feeling was always that if somebody has to tell you something, it's not true. For example, if a product tells you it's "cheese food", it's not really food. Similarly, when somebody has to tell you something is a joke, it's not really a joke. In this manner, if Raymond actually has to explain how he is evil, he must not really be evil.

    Sorry, Raymond.

  17. Worf says:

    @AntiTrust: You do realize Raymond's backlog is at least a year and a half and indications have it closer to three plus years – all productivity will stop for weeks if Raymond revealed it all.

    Of course the sad part is running into MSFT people who don't know about the blog. Even sadder is the lack of a team at MS to help with the history of Windows project. A surprising amount of learning happens here, and history of why things are what they are is a very important part of understanding the API.

    Someone should go through Raymond's posts and add it to MSDN as documentation. The docs explain what, but Raymond explains why, which can foster greater understansing.

  18. Brian Tkatch says:

    OK, Raymond *is* evil. "Admitting" to you that he is evil is merely a cover up. Let me explain, but you better read this before this message self-destructs.

    Everyone knows that Raymond is actual working for Google in the future, and was sent back in time via the wayback machine ( to rewrite the past *as if* he was at Microsoft during these critical times before the 2012 Mayan calendar resets and causes Y2K 2.0.

    During those troublesome times, Microsoft will help "fix" the UN's computers by installing Vista with Microsoft Bob. At first no one notices. But, when the UN actually starts getting things done, people will realize something is wrong. That's when Phase two kicks in. No one knows exactly what happened but it has something to do with Security Essentials and .Net. Google will go down, panic ensues, and Microsoft will inherit the Earth.

    That's where Raymond comes in. By going back in time, and *holding back* blog posts, he is actually creating a buffer under-run in the Mayan Calendar itself, giving us relief until 2038, when the Mayans are expected to release a service pack for their calendar.

    So far so good, eh?

    The problem is Raymond is *telling us* about the queue. The Star Trek reference alone is bad enough, and will certainly be useful in taking over the tri-state area.

    And you thought the "old new" thing was a joke, right?

  19. Joe says:

    @Worf, you meant: A surprising amount of *learnings* happen here ;)

  20. Tim says:

    There's internal access to the pre blog? How did I not know about this? Time to start searching msw I guess (*shudder*).

  21. Charles Oppermann says:

    Yeah, but internal folks can only read the articles in the underground, pentagram-shaped building 7 on a special server.

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