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February 14, 2007

no such thing as a free lunch

mr. angry is, well...angry.

others have already posted their thoughts about the action pack livemeeting today.

vlad, tim & i chatted back & forth in messenger the whole time, stunned out of our gourds at some of the things being asked.

as has been posted here at the funcave & elsewhere…

there are some serious, legitimate questions folks have about the direction of the action pack program. there have also been some serious, well-reasoned suggestions that have been offered to address these concerns.

unfortunately, there wasn’t much of that on display in this call.

take a look at the q&a. i’ll warn you now: you will prolly feel stupider for having read it. the live replay won’t be much better.

it does get funnier tho if, every time you hear one of the blue badges say that’s a great question!, substitute the words i want to gouge out your brain with an icepick.

seriously tho…

this really wasn’t a big surprise to anyone paying attention. go to any technet event & it’s basically the same thing.

fact of matter, which 99% of folks don’t seem to understand…

if you don’t at least act like a professional, how can you expect to be treated as one?

by professional, i mean things like…

  • having checked for an answer before asking a question
  • having thought of possible solutions before lodging a complaint
  • having the class to respect other people’s time & not babble like an idiot


i think it boils down to having way too many folks in the registered member program, as i’ve said before on this very blog. but it’s not the abusers that are doing the real damage.

i can almost guarantee you that no action pack abuser ever calls the resource desk or sits in one of these calls. heck, they already got what they were after when they received the software pack.


the real damage to programs like this happen little by little. every time someone asks a question that’s answered in the program materials. 

this is a serious question…

do any of you people know how to read?

the registered member program is really starting to resemble a glorified romper room & i for one am pissed about it.

oh, you heard me correctly…

mothership is now calling it registered member instead of registered partner, folks.

i personally think that someone’s choice of words tells you much more than what they might think they are revealing.

but this is continuing evidence that a lack of professionalism is absolutely killing the smb it sector.

with that, i offer this masterpiece from john donne to my fellow smb it professionals…

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee..

that is why it matters if someone else in our profession is a nitwit or not.

it’s either time to get serious about the problem of the numbskull factor…

or shut up & quit moaning.

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  1. [...] Several other consultants have voiced their own opinions about MAPS and the webcast, including Vlad Mazek (again and again), Chris Rue, and Tim Barrett, who posted the transcript from the chat portion of the webcast. Eric Ligman has already posted a couple of follow-up messages in response to webcast questions. [...]

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