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Blogger Outed: ‘Fake Steve’ is Dan Lyons – Yahoo! News

Blogger Outed: ‘Fake Steve’ is Dan Lyons – Yahoo! News

At long last, someone has cracked one of the technology world’s biggest mysteries — the identity of Fake Steve, a sharp-tongued blogger who had tech aficionados in stitches with a satiric diary purporting to be from Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Now for the really good part: Both the blogger and the guy who outed him are from staunch bastions of Old Media, Forbes magazine and The New York Times.

In a story published on Monday, Brad Stone of the Times outed Dan Lyons, a technology editor at Forbes, as the author of “The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs,” a daily account of events in the tech industry as seen through a caricature of Jobs. The blog can be found at


Wow. I didn’t really know about this blog except for a brief post on Digg and maybe being on the front page a couple of times. While I don’t find this that interesting, it does involve the social internet and how people interact with each other… so how can I not add it to the archive?


August 7, 2007 Posted by | Business, Culture, Tech | Leave a comment

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows « The Singing Stranger

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – plot spoiler and full text « The Singing Stranger

Yet another top WordPress blog post on the wonders of which is Harry Potter and the Deathly (real word?) Hollows. Considering that the movie is out and the book comes out today (Saturday 07/21/07) I am sure the posts and articles on this book will continue into next week.

The blog post does go into what is believed to be the ending of the book. People dead, people alive, people married with children… All of this for download. I guess the big question of the day is will this effect sales? Will someone buy it today and then post the WHOLE book?

Personally, I think the book is a collectible and kids, as savvy as they are about being online, will probably want the physical book in their hands. Then again, when it comes to kids, who knows. I also wonder if this kind of thing will push the web further and further into the sites of lawyers and lawsuits.

Well, that is my comment… here are some other people”s thoughts on the blog post:

  1. Grace Says:
    July 19th, 2007 at 7:38 pm I am so outraged. How can you end seven books with ‘All was well.’? I don’t want to hear that! I want deaths and things which make you go ‘oooh!’. That brings a whole damn new meaning to the word ‘pants’. Plus, how can Harry Potter lead a normal life after all of that? The trauma, for one thing, I imagine would be a problem. Poor Ginny, I bet all the romance has gone from the relationship now Harry’s not likely to die. Good for Ron and Hermione though. The two better characters got hitched. Good. I am such a Potter geek…I think I’ll leave it at that.
  2. Lee Fan Quo Says:
    July 20th, 2007 at 7:28 am Dunno, kinda sounds suspiciously like it was ripped off The Secret Life of Douglas Manson (written by Robert Sturtevant). The similarities are pretty extreme. And how come both have a villain named Severus who dresses all in black yet is complex and contradictory inside? There are just two many similarities here for my liking. Read both books back to back and you’ll see what i mean. And Hermione’s like a weaker version of Lei-Ling. What do you think?

 26 comments in total. Go check it out and voice your opinion.

July 21, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Business, Culture, Entertainment, Family | 1 Comment

Et Cetera: Publick and Privat Curiosities Harlem’s Painted Lady: 65 East 125th Street «

Et Cetera: Publick and Privat Curiosities Harlem’s Painted Lady: 65 East 125th Street «

This was a featured blog post on WordPress many days ago, but I just saw it only a couple of days ago. At any rate, I find this blog post very enlightening. What a wonderful idea to take it upon yourself to chronicle the life of an areas environment. This must take allot of fortitude to continue to do ‘caue we are talking about years, even decades of history being captured.

I am very into spacial environments and how they are designed and how they end up working. Its the reason why I went into Architecture many many years ago. What I am glad to see is that many other people find it interesting too. Plenty of people commented on the work being done here.

This blog post has 33 comments and all of them are insightful and help to create a place where you are safe to think and write what YOU think. I think this is someplace you should take a look at… again.

The most interesting comment:

  1. Jim d’Esterhazy Says:
    June 8th, 2007 at 6:01 pm As a native New Yorker exiled in Florida, it’s interesting, but sad, to have the deterioration documented. On a recent trip back to my old neighborhood, the decline was similar, but to my amazement there was one street – for at least a four block stretch- that had remained the same since the 60’s. I was amazed and curious. What imunity did those four blocks have that shielded them from the decay all around them? It would be interesting to find out.

June 26, 2007 Posted by | Beginnings, Blog Post Review, Business, Culture, Economy | 1 Comment

Featured Comment: by obliviousfool on 6/25/07

The Place:

Dry cleaner WINS in $54 million dollar BS suit – There is hope after all!

obliviousfool on 6/25/07
(On Digg, this comment got 109 positive digg votes… including mine)

I don’t think the guy bringing the lawsuit ever thought he was going to win. He wanted to waste the dry cleaners’ time like he felt his time was wasted by them regarding the pants. He was basically abusing the justice system to make a point. IOW, the guy is a complete d*ck.

I think this comment pretty much sums up what could have been going on in the platiffs mind. I guess he figured he would never win such a lawsuit and NEVER get the amount he was asking for, but he just wanted to get back at the cleaners for losing his pants.

In other words this was the  most fantasically stupid lawsuit I have ever heard of. I think he should pay for the court fees, pay for the cleaners lawyers, and pay for the shop owners lost time dealing with this mess. I think the judge’s court record should be reviewed, I think he should be censured and maybe even thrown off the bench because OBVIOUSLY his judgment is impaired. Even if he did this to waste time and money of at the cleaners expense, asking for 51 million (and crying because of the “pain” he was in after loosing his pants) was the most absurd thing in this case.

The runner up for featured comment in this post is this…. I can’t believe that the cleaners offered the judge 12,000 to settle the case…  holycrapitsed certainly must have felt that, out of the whole case, this was the most ridiculous item.

June 26, 2007 Posted by | Business, Culture, Digg, Featured Comment, Government | Leave a comment

Photo Matt » Meaningful Overnight Relationship

Photo Matt » Meaningful Overnight Relationship

Almost a month ago, one of the original creators of WordPress speaks his mind about the press and being part of an, as some would say, “Overnight Success Story”.

Here are some of the best comments:

Niall Kennedy
10.05.2007 @ 2:45 pm

I think it is possible to be an “overnight success” even if the path leading up to the success moment was years of hard work in the making. Bands immediately come to mind who played the same instruments with the same group of guys for years, trying to perfect their own view of music, and then success hits.

Maroon 5 was previously known as Kara’s Flowers, a band some friends formed in high school (young founders) and played their first gig in 1995. Perhaps the genre of music just wasn’t right, or they needed a new instrument somewhere, and Maroon 5 is somewhat of an overnight success in 2002 with the release of Songs About Jane.

I’m sure Oprah could mention her favorite back scratcher and it would turn into an overnight success.

Good post with insight into your unique life and view on things. Thanks.

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June 9, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Business, Career, Tech, WordPress | Leave a comment

SuperMoviesDownload: The YouTube Virus

800 Diggs and 55 comments. 21 comments on the linked blog article about faking out YouTube. This was one of the top ten Digged article links. So what’s the deal? It would seem that you can easily get your videos to the most viewed section by setting your browser to auto-refresh. It makes you wonder if YouTube will work. Why? because not only does the auto refresh thing works, the person benefiting from it uses other peoples work CLEARLY on the video while doing it.

Sexual Suggestions Aired On Children’s TV Show

Views: 32,407 | Comments: 0 | Favorited: 448 times

Honors: 16 Links: 5


Originally from ebumsWorld???? LOL Dude, at least take out where it came from originally! Its still stealing but dang… they are being really open about it. Continue reading

May 13, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Business, Digg Link Picks, Entertainment, Social Bookmarking, Video, YouTube and Friends | Leave a comment

JoeUser: Top And Featured Articles

Here are the top and featured articles on JoeUser as of today:

Top JoeUser Articles


Featured JoeUser Articles


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May 13, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Business, Culture, Economy, Family, Health, JoeUser Issue, Opinion | Leave a comment

Get Ready For $4 Gas

Funny… I want to drive this summer…. In a SUV of course… so how much will it be to full her up? 60 dOlLaRs??? (that’s “dollars” in teen talk in case you didn’t know)

Well, you don’t have to guess what happened in the comments on Digg about this bit of information. They went crazy. 254 comments so far with 1000+ votes.

Digg Link Pick Quote:

( With prices at record high, demand and refining problems could push them much higher. Any relief in sight?

read more | digg story

May 8, 2007 Posted by | Business, Digg Link Picks, Lifestyle, Social Bookmarking | Leave a comment

Digg This: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0

WHAT the HECK just happened on Digg? And what does this code thing mean? People have dugg this item up to almost 12000 votes. Currently its 500 votes away from 12000. 813 comments. The highest comment got 700+ positive comment votes.

Anyway, what is this code and what does it mean? What is it even related to? The link goes to Digg’s official blog but that doesn’t explain what’s going on other than Digg getting a stop order for posting the code up. I’m trying to get the page to load, but it has so many comments that it crashes my browser… and yes I’m on FireFox (I should update it).

I’ll take a look at this later:

Why All The Censorship? HD-DVD Has Digg In Its Pocketbook.

And this:

Diggnation – HD DVD Wins

And this:

Digg users right to freedom of speech, 50,000+ diggs strong!!

More on this later.

Digg pick link quote:

“But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you

’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.”

read more | digg story

May 2, 2007 Posted by | Business, Digg, Digg Link Picks, Social Bookmarking, Software | 1 Comment

The Big Shots Of Blogdom

The Big Shots Of Blogdom

While this is an article that probably only got one comment (mine… if it made it past moderation), I think its a pretty interesting opinion on what is going on in the Blog-o-spere.

Elite bloggers are taking over? Getting the same media attention as say media outlets? (Well maybe not the same, but enough attention to have people pay real close attention to what they are doing)

May 1, 2007 Posted by | Blog Review, Business, Lifestyle, Opinion | 2 Comments