Ive wanted to post this for a while, and since it appears Andre Da Costa has returned to the Microsoft Watch site after an uncharacteristic silence, I thought Id post my open letter to him.

Andre Da Costa is a regular poster on Microsoft Watch, you can find many of his posts very easily on there and on the net.  His blog can be found at http://adacosta.spaces.live.com/ and he also sometimes posts under the handle “adacosta”.  He may use other handles, but this is the only one which I know to be him (although keep in mind, there are other, non IT related posters shown on Google with that handle)

I am not going to debate Andres posting style nor his reasons for posting, I would ask you look at his previous posts on Microsoft Watch and decide for yourself.

Andre Da Costa has repeatedly not answered a question that I put to him on Microsoft Watch, and I hope anyone who is reading this having linked from a Google search, will consider asking this question of him as I believe it is important.  Now follows the open letter to Andre Da Costa, which if you are reading this Andre, Id love you to reply.  You can do so via email (so I can confirm its legitimate) and I will be happy to print your response in its entirerity here.  Andre, the email address is bytes4free@googlemail.com

Dear Andre Da Costa,

I have repeatedly asked you the question on if you attended the PDC 2008.  I saw on your blog that you said you were not going (I have made a screen dump of that page if you have trouble finding it)  I then noticed on the following link: http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/152854.asp that the site was implying you were there and infact recieved a review laptop.

As youve said before on Microsoft Watch, you are not a Microsoft Shill, so in the interests of the truth and your readers knowing the extent of your impartiality, I believe that you should clear this matter up.

I look forward to your response, and if you care to do it by email, I will print it on the Openbytes site as your right of reply.