Editor's Note: <Insert Headline Here>Aug 13, 2004, 23:30 (10 Talkback[s])
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By Brian Proffitt
It's Friday the 13th, and here in the United States, that is considered to be a day of ill omen.
For me, most days are ill-omened, something that I recognize almost every morning I wake up and realize that sometime during my waking hours I will be subjected to the theme song of "Spongebob Squarepants" for the 1X1014th time.
So, like most ill-omened days, I will spend it by hunkering down and staying away from the TV. And writing whimsical editorials. That would be your bad luck.
As many of you know, I do not write the headlines for most of the stories posted on Linux Today. Since we want absolutely clear attribution, I don't change the headlines except to make them initial-capped and, if need be, shorten them to under 100 characters, since our database gets really testy with big headlines.
There have been several occasions where readers have complained that the headline does not match the story. Or that the headline is deliberately inciteful. Since I can disavow the creation of these headlines, I could simply point at the other sites' editors and say it's their fault. But, I must side with the Brotherhood of Fellow Journalists (we have secret decoder rings and everything) and at least address that last complaint: of course they want to incite you to read the article. That's pretty much most of the headline's job.
Consider a story on the art of making mustard (a new hobby of mine):
Mustard-making a Delicious Way to Spend Time in Kitchen
Yeah, yeah, blah, blah. How try this:
Cooks Can Really Cut the Mustard
Better, see? Now, there could be some abuse of this, I must admit:
Mustard-making Improves Sex Drive
But these abuses are few and far between.
Now, while I take a dispassionate public view of the headlines that top the stories posted on LT, there is still a part of me that wants to chime in an add my own two cents to certain headlines and stories as they roll by my virtual desk. After all, I am human too. If you prick me, do I not bleed and then sue your sorry self for physical and emotional damages? That's what I thought.
So, in the interests of full disclosure, and because I don't want to write another column bashing Rob Enderle because I think it's now akin to baby seal hunting, here are my "extra" thoughts on some of this week's headlines.
eWeek: SCO Litigation Takes Its Toll on Bottom
Lintellect: 10 Gnome Tweaks You Can't Live
Wired: Mac Keeps Lead on Linux
VNUnet: Linux Show Website Powered by
Linuxtoday.com: Linux Apache/1.3.27 (Unix) PHP/4.1.2 mod_oas/5.7 mod_cap/2.0
VNUnet: Linux 'No Threat' to Windows on the
Groklaw: Rob Enderle Misunderstands Free Software and
Swears a Lot
ZDNet UK: SCO Ponders Hike in 'Linux IP' Licence
NewsForge: Why People Weren't Talking About The SCO
Group at LinuxWorld
LWN: Software Patents No Bigger Threat to Free Software
than to Proprietary Software
CNET News: IBM's Linux Revenue: Services to Overtake
California Performance Review: Explore Open Source
SearchEnterpriseLinux: Evaluate Open Source, Or
So there you go, my thoughts on some of the week's events. Now aren't you glad I stay quiet during the rest of the week?
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