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1. Editor's Note: Real 'Fake Steve Jobs' Tried To Out Anonymous Linux Blogger
Talk about irony. Now that we know "Fake Steve Jobs" is Forbes reporter Dan Lyons, we also know that FSJ -- as Lyons -- once tried to out the tech industry's other, equally infamous sub-rosa blogger -- Groklaw's Pamela Jones.
When he's not penning FSJ, Lyons covers the tech industry for Forbes magazine. Among other things, he's written frequently about free software, Linux, and SCO's lawsuit against IBM.
His coverage has drawn repeated fire from the free software community and Jones, a secretive blogger who posts about all things Linux on a site called Groklaw.
Over the years, Jones and other Linux backers have said Lyons "needs a hokum detector," has been "hilariously wrong" in his coverage of free software, and is "biased" against the Linux community. (Disclosure: I've also been at the wrong end of these sorts of missives from certain Linux fanatics.)
In turn, Lyons, in a 2005 Forbes story, tried to out Jones -- who is secretive about her identity and background, does not allow pictures of herself to be posted on Groklaw, and has registered the site through a third-party service so her personal details won't show up in the Internet's 'Who Is' database.
Lyons has also used the FSJ blog to unleash his own barbs against Jones and the free software community. Writing as FSJ, Lyons frequently referred to Linux aficionados as "Freetards."
FSJ also called the GPL stewards at the Free Software Foundation "so corrupt that they make Greenpeace and the United Nations look like saints." He labeled FSF leader Richard Stallman "demented" and said Jones is FSF's "Chief Propaganda Minister."
After the news broke Sunday that FSJ is Lyons, Jones posted a column on Groklaw calling the writer guilty of "world class hypocrisy" for remaining anonymous. (In case you're keeping score, that's one anonymous blogger calling another anonymous blogger a hypocrite.)
The question now is whether Forbes should continue to let Lyons cover issues related to Linux and free software or move him to another beat. Through his "Fake Steve Jobs" persona, Lyons has pretty much divulged the fact that he thinks the FSF is a pack of loons -- so it might be hard for readers to accept his reports on the subject as objective.
Fake Steve Jobs Unmasked
Daniel Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes magazine and the writer of the Fake Steve Jobs blog, said he expected to be exposed months ago.
Blog: New iMacs, .Mac Upgrade Rumored For Today
What's Apple got up its sleeve for its announcement? Apple blogs say the company plans to unveil sleeker iMacs and possibly an upgrade to the .Mac service, and that Apple plans a new flash-based video iPod next month.
Blog: Is It Possible To Unlock The iPhone?
One intrepid iPhone fan has posted a guide to unlocking the iPhone. Engadget claims to have spotted a process that, frankly, looks really long and more than a little scary. Does it actually work?
Blog: Where To Find A Quad-Core Bargain (And Which Intel Processor Is Selling For More Than List)
Here's a strange, but understandable, example of free-market capitalism at work in the market for hot chips. Intel instituted deep price cuts on many of its processors on July 22, the better to stoke demand and squeeze AMD. However, Intel's top-of-the-line Core 2 Extreme QX6850 is now so popular that it's actually selling for a price well above the company's list. At the same time, one big quad-core bargain has emerged.
Blog: Forget RFID. GPS Is The New Tech Bogeyman.
So you're thinking of using GPS-enabled technology in some way, from optimizing sales calls to offering directions to route drivers. It's getting easier, with GPS built into more smartphones. But execs would be wise to remember the lessons of RFID and the depths of tech paranoia it revealed.
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