So here is the second email that was sent (both were received whilst I was at work)

Um, I forgot something and I just realized it after I started
correcting the post.
The “went trolling Neowin” bit of course. If your assessment of
whatever it was being posted on that site that in your estimation was
“wrong”, where did you get the idea that it was your duty to point
that out to them, and how is that different to someone trying to
correct something on BN and promptly being accused of “shilling” and
“astroturfing”?
Further, the whole sequence (dully parroted by Schestowitz of course)
reads like nothing more than an elaborate troll, including your glee
at interacting with the guy’s girlfriend.
Seems to me that if someone had done this very thing to some FOSS blog
you would be one of the first people to condemn it. Further, to echo
your accusations of me being a “liar”, I put it to you that you acted
like an agitator, trying to impress someone else with your
“investigations” and thinly veiled insults to get some linkage back to
your blog.
But that’s just me.
Cheers.
Um, I forgot something and I just realized it after I started
correcting the post.
The “went trolling Neowin” bit of course. If your assessment of
whatever it was being posted on that site that in your estimation was
“wrong”, where did you get the idea that it was your duty to point
that out to them, and how is that different to someone trying to
correct something on BN and promptly being accused of “shilling” and
“astroturfing”?

Further, the whole sequence (dully parroted by Schestowitz of course)
reads like nothing more than an elaborate troll, including your glee
at interacting with the guy’s girlfriend.

Seems to me that if someone had done this very thing to some FOSS blog
you would be one of the first people to condemn it. Further, to echo
your accusations of me being a “liar”, I put it to you that you acted
like an agitator, trying to impress someone else with your
“investigations” and thinly veiled insults to get some linkage back to
your blog.

But that’s just me.

Cheers.

So there we go.  Let me answer a few points.  Did I take glee? Yes! Why? Because a site (NeoWin) that wants to be taken as a serious and professional site acted in a way (with inappropriate language and behaviour) towards me (in respect of certain reporters there), merely because I challenged what they said.  If that was not bad enough a reporters girlfriend then made an appearance on my blog with “alot of attitude and not much argument” so yes, glee was definitely the order of the day.  I would maybe expect a blogger about 16 years of age to act like this, but a site with advertisers that wants to be taken seriously?  I don’t think so.  I didn’t see Joe Wilcox act this way on Microsoft Watch.

Talking of which, would you like me to quote how I challenged the reporter in question?  If readers want to check that article and series of events they can.  I don’t believe I did anything other than dispute their “facts” and in return was subjected to a soap opera on my blog.   Having said that, from the hits and emails received it was a source of merriment for many and a different type of way to present an IT opinion.

You say about my opinions if it had happened to a FOSS blog.  It does my friend, it happens here it happens on many blogs and it certainly happens in comp.os.linux.advocacy.    One thing I don’t do is get my wife to come on and make a complete fool of herself whilst trying to present my blog as something which should be taken seriously.  Thats just me though.

On both emails you mention www.boycottnovell.com and Roy.  I ask why?  I asked you to defend your (IMO) libelous remarks about me.  I am responsible for my own actions and I alone will justify them.  If Roy or anyone else who I believe you have libeled on your “blog” want to respond to you that is their business, I would not seek to answer for them.

I would ask you to consider researching me and the dates I posted VERY carefully.  Did I serve as an agitator? well I suppose in relation to FUD yes, but then that’s good isn’t it?  Isn’t informed choice based on many different viewpoints?  Talking of agitators, should we mention the recent actions of a Microsoft advocate when they attempted to convince another user to wear a “Im a PC” tshirt and walk into an Apple store?

As I say my ethos is freedom of choice through informed decision.  I would no more expect people to take my word for anything than I would yours, as I repeatedly say, readers should do their own research and come to their own conclusions.

I repeat again since you have conveniently ignored it.  What about my challenging of Optionetics? If you wish to believe I act as an agitator then I would hope you agree it is worthwhile.  In that case I exposed someone fraudulently using the name of a legitimate company (a trading education firm) and was posting comments promoting Microsoft stock.   I received a thank you from the company concerned and they got their name back.

Maybe in your world everyone should keep quiet when faced with something they have an honest held belief in that its wrong.  Maybe we shouldn’t (in your world) stand up to the vulgar comments of posters who appear when an alternative to Microsoft is mentioned in a forum.  Maybe in your world, not in mine.

Whilst you are making your agitator and witch-hunt claims, maybe you could explain why when Microsoft employee’s have posted here I have shown them courtesy?  I won’t ask you again to post evidence (you didn’t before and we all know why) I won’t ask you to respond (although you are welcome to do so)

I will end on this note, its often asked of me if I believe that there are those posting on the net paid for by certain proprietary companies.  My answer is, it doesn’t matter, misleading information is misleading whatever the intention/source.  There are people such as the FTC who are looking into this, all I can do is document and evidence my experiences and let them draw their own conclusions.   I am coming to the end of a lengthy report on this whole subject.  Once it has been submitted I will be releasing it here for everyone else to read.

Regardless of if the author of that “blog” comments again, I feel I have put my point across.  The comments section are open should you wish to and I will try to respond as quickly as I can.

Now moving on to more interesting topics, I have two distro reviews to release.  Mepis 8 being one and Zenwalk-6 Gnome being the other.  On top of this I have a test of the latest build of Wine and really run it through the mill with some demoscene titles that have some nasty little coding hacks in them.  There will also be coverage of the latest build of Chromium and also a little bit more on the Openbytes podcast coming your way.

Oh and don’t forget Openbytes is 1 year old on the 8th August!

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com