A good laugh?!

Need a funny start for this week?

Try Microsoft tries to recruit me by Eric S. Raymond.


The whole thing is pretty funny, but IMHO Eric's answer was unnecessary rude.

By krake at Mon, 09/12/2005 - 10:36

i agree. it was rude (linus said so, too, btw). but funny :D

By superstoned at Mon, 09/12/2005 - 12:20

Well, not just rude, but amusingly arrogant. All of his I'm your worst nightmare stuff just rings of undeserved self importance. Wait, Microsoft's worst nightmare is that Fetchmail is going to take them down? That the Jargon File is going to reveal their dirty secrets? That he's going to post nasty messages on his website that a few nerds will read? Once again, I find myself none too impressed with ESR. I find his arrogance funnier than Microsoft's ignorance.

By Scott Wheeler at Mon, 09/12/2005 - 16:00

Yes, it's ESR again. While the usual, formatted Microsoft send-outs are quite funny, I don't think ESR understands that these mail shot e-mails get sent out to every Tom, Dick and Harry that comes up on Google (oh sorry, MSN).

I'm not too impressed with ESR either. I know his book gets mentioned quite a bit when describing to people how open source processes work, but bizarrely, he doesn't have a clue about things such as how licenses like the GPL actually work and help open source projects. It's all pretty sad to be honest.

By segedunum at Tue, 09/13/2005 - 19:55

Eric's reply begins: "[T]hank you for your offer of employment at Microsoft [...]". But he didn't get a job offer -- not even an invitation to an interview. They just asked him to send in his CV and perhaps to talk to them on the phone.

That made Eric end up looking the fool, not Microsoft. It pretty much nullified any comic effect IMHO.

By martin at Mon, 09/12/2005 - 16:04