Whining pays off?

It normally doesn't -- and it probably shouldn't. But Chris Preimesberger, the author of the story on Solaris 10 that I mentioned on Friday, has apparently read (and commented on) my blog entry -- and he corrected the story! The details of the paragraph are now correct, and I'm certainly happier.

This whole episode has given me insight into the unique tribulations of being a technical reporter. It must take a thick skin to be dealing with people like me all of the time: fast talkers who bombard with technical detail, and then expect absolute accuracy in whatever stories emerge. Of course, from my perspective, the problem is that the readership assumes absolute accuracy -- and if the technical details are incorrect, they will naturally blame the technology (or worse, the technologist) instead of questioning the accuracy of the reportage.

Anyway, Chris: thanks for correcting the story; it's much appreciated.
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On this topic, since I was bitching about the Zones misunderstanding, that too has been fixed. While I wasn't in the EE, I'm sure it would be easy in the flury of questions to get the mistaken impression that this revolves around disk, which in some ways it does, but not as described. Anyway, Chris, if you check this entry, I really appreciate the fix up, not just an editorial note, and I really wish there were some fellows like you at the "mainstream" news outfits that doesn't seem to care what they release. My hats off to you!

Posted by benr on June 20, 2004 at 03:57 PM PDT #

No problem. That's the great thing about publishing on line -- it can be fixed. We do care very much about quality. You guys just keep doing great work, and I'll listen, ask questions, and present the information to others to my best ability. People like myself are not going to get everything perfect every time, but we'll pay atttention, get it perfect a high percentage of the time, and certainly not shy away from doing what actually is a very tough job on a daily basis.

Posted by Chris P on June 22, 2004 at 01:19 AM PDT #

No problem. That's the great thing about publishing on line -- it can be fixed. We do care very much about quality. You guys just keep doing great work, and I'll listen, ask questions, and present the information to others to my best ability. People like myself are not going to get everything perfect every time, but we'll pay atttention, get it perfect a high percentage of the time, and certainly not shy away from doing what actually is a very tough job on a daily basis.

Posted by Chris P on June 22, 2004 at 01:44 AM PDT #

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