As you might have guessed from the title of this post, I started off writing a big tirade about this. After thinking about it a bit, I decided I'd rather say this:
I have been lucky enough to meet many of the "big names" in our particular corner of the industry. I will admit to being slightly taken aback when my DevelopMentor interview/audition was with Don Box, Chris Sells, Keith Brown, Ted Pattison, and Brent Rector. "I've read these guys' books! I've seen them speak at conferences!"
Having been lucky enough to associate with these sorts of people for the last few years, I've come to realize that they're just people. Duh, of course, but it's one thing to know something, and another to Know it. Anyway, I can tell you right now that they make mistakes. They have lapses in judgement. They take erroneous stances on certain points. At the end of the day, it comes down to this: what is the quality of their work? Not "How famous are they?"
I'm not going to speak to Mr. Winer's overall quality of work - opinions on that are well documented elsewhere. But I will say this: I've disliked Radio almost from the moment I installed it. I strongly suspect that it was responsible for the recent deletion of my entire website. It's low-quality software. So I'm going to make an effort to switch this blog to something that Dave didn't have a hand in. I don't know if I'll get to it this week, but I hope so.