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Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 09:26:13 -0800
To: jcoates@rcnchicago.com
From: m. g. gadzikowski
Subject: dud article - journalistic winter

Greetings Mr. Coates
   Your article RIDICULOUSLY HIGH FAILURE RATE HURTS TECH INDUSTRY'S IMAGE displays the irresponsibility of the duds you criticize, and hurts journalism's image sufficiently that I'm compelled to complain.
   It contains erroneous information. Isn’t it funny that the quote you attributed to Broadcast News is from the film Network? Hint: Peter Finch did not appear in Broadcast News, Finch was too busy being dead. Was your editor asleep?
   It contains spurious thought. Isn’t it funny that 100% of your failed hardware examples (REXX, iPAQ, and PowerBook G4, printers, scanners, and monitors) offer primary functionality of storing and displaying information, not Internet connectivity? This seems hardly appropriate to provoke the label "Internet Winter." Dud web sites or modems provoke an Internet Winter? Yes. Dud hardware that may never—or cannot—connect? Hardly.
   Yes, you are apparently not an historian, but when you publish in the Trib, please be more of a journalist.

m. g. gadzikowski
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