September 12, 2005

clueless.cnet.com

According to Cnet.com, Xbox 360, the new Apple Nano are of great interest to the e-business, enterprise hardware and networking crowd. Even more curiously, Ballmer's rhetoric on Salesforce and photographs of Sun's new Star servers are said to be of interest to people who want to read about personal technology and the net. In fact, the 'sweet' thing about Cnet's RSS feeds is that you get an 'all roads lead to Rome' deal, which means that irrespective of whichever feed you subscribe to, you get all the stories they want to push from all sections.

I am sure it must be some smart ass marketing genuis who put forth the idea of mixing up stories in the sections and it really sucks. I subscribe to five different feeds from Cnet and it is a tremendous waste of time to see mostly the same stories across the sections. Of course, not everyone will have the same set of subscriptions as me, but at least conceptwise I would want to be reading news related to networking when I subscribe to the Networking section's feed. In a lot of ways, Cnet is actually spamming the users.

And continuing on its journey at the head of the nation of the cluless, Times Of India publishes a story on 'cyber detectives' in which so-called experts inform us that every e-mail id has an IP address attached to it, which is "installed" in the header of the e-mail. Moreover, the report mentions that you can watch porn "if you install a software called Spyware." I can already see a stream of Google searches with "spyware for porn" giving a steady workout to the Google servers. Oh, the joys brought about by today's tech journalists!