As one of Microsoft latest publicity efforts they offered Joel Spolsky (Joel on Software) and other bloggers a new Ferrari laptop with Windows Vista to keep, in return of his opinion of Windows Vista. They got what they bargained for and a bit more. Check out his latest blog post to get the details.
I must say I admire Joel as one of our best bloggers out there and he really knows how to attract an audience. I’m not sure if I have dared to blog about this in the same way as Joel and I’ll give him credit for that, but why on earth did Microsoft offer him this deal if they knew who he was? I’ve read quite a bit of his work including his Joel on Software book and this is not the first time he’s brutally honest about these things. I remember quite a few references back to the Excel team where he once worked at Microsoft. Very interesting reading.
Anyway my humble opinion is that this happens all the time and I guess it’s up the each and every one of us to decide for our self what to do. I agree with Joel in great extent, but as I said I don’t think I would have blogged about it. But that’s probably why he has a trillion readers and I have 7. But at least I got a brand new hot tub 6 months ago… Still waiting for that Ferrari though… Yeah, in