Comments Re: Madsen Discussion
David G. Delage
dgdelage at ix.netcom.com
Fri Jan 12 14:21:08 EST 1996
I really hate having to repeat myself, but it seems I have to. DO NOT
QUOTE ME OUT OF CONTEXT! The example follows:
>>>I haven't actually seen Aurical in person (or whatever), but I know it
>>>is NOT a docking station, just a platform to rest the computer on. It
>>>is controlled by the RS-232 (COM) port of the computer, which, in
>>>general, translates to s-l-o-w. In addition, it has the additional
>>>speed overhead required for saving its data in Noah.
>"just a platform to rest the computer on" sounded pretty offensive to folks
>who worked on this project... that is how this all got started.
I wasn't stating that Aurical was nothing more than a platform to rest
the computer on. I was stating that it is not a docking station, and
the "just a platform..." part was (admittedly poorly) used as
comparison. If Aurical was *only* a "platform to rest the computer
on" then it would be called a TABLE or a DESK. When the whole
sentence is read in its entirety, the meaning becomes clear.
And to comment on other statments:
>>Note: I regard this post as providing very important information about >our
>decision to use NOAH!
>But it came from someone with a vested interest in another product... I'm
>sorry but this is a biased comment based on commercial interest.
Does this mean that my knowledge is less important than anyone else's
knowledge just because I a commercially affiliated? Everyone has some
affiliation. My expertise happens to be in computer equipment, and I
feel that those less knowledgeable in the area of computers are
entitled to a little clarification.
And then there is this statement:
>I would hope that anyone with good information provide it, but let criticism
>come from non-commerically affliliated persons. A person with commercial
>interest can provide information as to why they think their product is
>special, but not at the expense of other products. This of course requires
>analysis by the readers, but that is the price we pay as a newsgroup that
>must refrain from advertising (direct or indirect).
A person with commercial interest providing information as to why they
think their product is special is (nearly) by definition ADVERTISING!
Information that criticizes a product, so long as it doesn't make a
reference to a competing product is NOT advertising, or at least if it
is advertising, it is advertising the product being criticized.
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