News Stories I Passed On This Week

How’s that for a headline?  There were a few stories that popped up the past few days that I could have written about, but, ultimately, I decided not to write about them …. until now.

Two stories were Apple related:

Mac Sales Slow (Tuesday, Dec. 16)

macThe Wall Street Journal and various other news sources reported a drop in sales of Mac computers in November 2008.  According to the NPD Group, computer sales overall increased by 2 to 7% over the previous year, but Mac sales dropped by 1%. Though they did note that it desktop Mac sales dropped by 35% its sales of laptops compensated for it.
Other companies such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard saw a growth in sales due to the rising popularity of the ultra-portable, ultra-mobile netbooks. Mac, on the other hand, did not have a comparable product on the market.

Apple Announces Its Last Year at Macworld (Tuesday, Dec. 16)

Steve Jobs, "not to be", at MacWorld

Steve Jobs, "not to be", at MacWorld

macworld-logoApple announced that 2009 is the last year the company will exhibit at the Macworld Expo, and it will be Apple’s last keynote at the show. In the past the big speaker has been Steve Jobs, but he has cancelled his appearance at the Jan. 5-9, 2009 event. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will deliver the opening keynote instead.
Apple is scaling back appearances at trade shows overall, but they plan on hosting their own events instead. This isn’t so surprising as other Apple products have greater popularity these days than their computers. Most notable are the iPhone and the iPod.

One was about a favorite monkey…

Monkey Tales Plagiarism Exposed

Monkey Fables and Tales

Monkey Fables and Tales

Charlie Hatton

Charlie Hatton

Well, this isn’t really news, but you may recall I reviewed a blog entitled Monkey Fables and Tales back in Sept. 2008. I hadn’t looked at this blog in a few weeks recently, and when I went to read it earlier this week, I found it was gone without a trace. It turns out that the blog had been copied almost word for word from Bosten stand-up comic Charlie Hatton’s web site “Where the Hell Was I?” Charlie’s little known site had been idle for some time as he was involved in other projects. Meanwhile, Monkey Tales had become a favorite of the Entrecard link circuit which was the site of a conversation on just what became of the monkey.  Charlie Hatton was a participant in the conversation.
I often wondered about Monkey Tales silence amidst so much commentary from fans. The charade may explain it all.  Bloggers are now wondering if Charlie Hatton will write again. For now, you can read Charlie’s retelling of how he found out about Monkey Tales. Other stories can be found at My Dear Hard Drive, and at Lainy’s Musings and there are others. Bad, monkey, bad!

Internet Explorer Emergency Patch Released (Wed., Dec. 17)

Okay, I did write about this one. If you didn’t read it, here’s your chance to read about the Internet explorer patch and why you should get it now. And check up on your antivirus software while you’re at it.

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  1. lala says:

    That was kind of crazy, wasn’t it? I loved the Monkey Tales site and to find out he stole every bit of it was, well, just disheartening.

  2. When I had been searching the Entrecard network, I often thought, “I’ve got to take another look at Monkey Tales some time soon.” I was slightly aware that I hadn’t seen him popping up at Entrecard, but hadn’t given that fact much more thought.

    So I was very surprised, having heard nothing, when I went I finally tried to go to the site and found it was totally gone. Then I search and found the news. It was a shocker.

    Frankly, the real author, Charlie Hatton, should be thrilled to know how many people loved “his” writing. Hopefully, he will get back to it. He has a following. Now he just needs a trained monkey. 😎

  3. Charlie says:

    Hi Robert —

    Thanks so much for the mention, and the kind words. It was quite a shock — and more than a little creepy — to make the discovery that dozens and dozens of my posts were living on another site. The bright side, as you mention, is that a second audience that I never knew I had seemed to enjoy them. I’ve never known wholesale plagiarism to have a silver lining — and yet, here we are.

    Two things I’d like to add to your excellent summary, if I may:

    A) Though I hadn’t written on my site for a number of months when I made the discovery, I found that this ‘monkeytale’ or ‘mikster’ had been lifting my material for at least two of blogs — ‘Monkey Fables and Tales’ and ‘Reality Is Over Rated’, and possibly an older one, as well — well back into 2006. When I was posting regularly, and for quite a while, daily. I guess I just wasn’t vigilant enough to catch it at the time.

    The ‘Reality’ blog isn’t defunct, as far as I can tell, only ‘private’; so it’s possible he’s still ripping me and/or others off today, albeit to a much smaller audience.

    2) This sordid mess actually did inspire me to start writing on my own site again. If anyone’s going to slap my words around on the web, it’s sure as hell going to be me. Five days a week, and a weekend retrospective. You’re more than welcome to stop by and visit, if long-winded sophomoric humor is your sort of thing.

    And isn’t it everybody’s thing, really?

    Thanks again, and cheers.

  4. Hi, Charlie,

    You’re most welcome for the mention, and thank you so much for stopping by to comment. I feel like I’ve had a celebrity visit.

    I will most definitely stop by and visit your site, and see what you have to say. Yes, sophmoric humor, the common denominator.

    One of the things that puzzled me, before the recent revelations, was why the guy never replied to the comments on his blog. I guess he knew he woul;dn’t be able to respond with the same tone and style. It’s sort of like the comedy club situation: some people want the attention from the comic.

    If you’re using WordPress you might consider using this plugin: It prevents people from using the right click function and from highlighting your text.

    Two more thoughts:
    All’s well that ends well. And imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    Hope to see you again here. Thanks again, and happy holidays.

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