An analysis and visualization of 24 hours (roughly) worth of activity flowing forth from the proprietor of boycottnovell.com. Items are listed in reverse (newer to older) chronological order as they appear in feeds, Google Groups, etc.
I'd assume each of these consume between thirty or forty minutes, on average. The size in bytes was calculated by simply pasting the text into an editor and counting the characters, so it's relevant only in the aggregate sense, I suppose. If the post includes a clever quote by Stallman for example (or an evil one by Bill Gates) it still takes time to select it, paste it, etc. Most posts also have the usual completely unrelated image at the top, so that needs to be selected and so on.
#18 is the daily "links" post , and must take a significant amount of time due to the way links are classified. #20 technically does not count as content, obviously, but as parallel time spent on IRC (see further below). #23 is just embedding (although again, everything takes time).
It's possible obviously that some of these were drafted previous to the day they were published, but time is time, regardless of which day it happens to be
|1||Patents Roundup: More Resources In Re Bilski||11/16/bilski-case-resources/||News, blogs, and video about the Bilski case||3,571|
|2||Microsoft Sued Again for Patent Violation, Settles with Former Softie, as Before||11/16/swpat-msft-sued-by-former-employee/||Another Microsoft lawsuit starts; another case of Microsoft settling after being sued by former employees for patent violations||1,502|
|3||Revisionism from Microsoft's Partner, Likewise||11/16/server-room-revisionism/||An example of disinformation about history being spread by those to whom open, royalty-free standards are a foe||4,377|
|4||Xbox 360 (Live) Users Banned, Buyers Flee||11/16/microsoft-customers-permanently-banned/||Almost one million customers of Microsoft are permanently banned and sales of Xbox 360 drop considerably||4,577|
|5||Windows, Cisco Do Not Support Vista 7 [sic]||11/16/microsoft-cisco-vista-7-support/||Not just Cisco but Microsoft Windows Mobile too is proving to be problematic for Vista 7 [sic] users||1,425|
|6||Microsoft DRM Cracked Within Hours||11/16/windows-marketplace-crack/||Windows Marketplace has its copy protection mechanism broken almost immediately; future of Windows Mobile seems grim||1,538|
|7||Confirmed: Vista 7 [sic] Fails to Sell PCs, Mostly Replaces Vista||11/16/most-expensive-service-pack-ever/||Vista 7 [sic] turns out to be the most expensive service pack ever; Sales do not proceed as hoped and planned, reveal reports from the mainstream press||3,718|
|8||Microsoft Won't Secure Firefox/Chrome Users, Shows More Negligence||11/16/microsoft-onecare-activex/||ActiveX required by Microsoft's OneCare; investigation into Vista 7 [sic] vulnerabilities a case of "too little, too late"||4,149|
|9||Microsoft's Use of Bribes for Search, Only 4% of Microsoft/Razorfish Clients Used Microsoft Search||11/16/microsoft-search-disaster/||Microsoft's attempt to just buy market share meets barriers; Highly damaging truths about Razorfish customers are revealed||3,160|
|10||GNU/Linux, Google, and Apple Transform Microsoft; Seattle Mayor's Office May Ditch Windows||11/16/msft-market-losses-persist/||How Microsoft is trying to reinvent itself in the face of new reality; losses persist regardless||2,494|
|11||Microsoft Pays comScore More Money, Gets Bogus Endorsements||11/16/award-and-outcome-comscore/||Award and outcome - new case study courtesy of Microsoft and comScore||3,723|
|12||More Marshall Projects (MoU), This Time in China||11/16/cht-exclusion-of-competition/||The Marshall Law of Microsoft comes to CHT, more attempts at exclusion of competition are noted||1,812|
|13||OpenSUSE 11.2 is Open to Microsoft Lawsuits Because of Mono||11/16/opensuse-non-ms-ecma-parts/||OpenSUSE 11.2 (GNOME) has Mono installed by default, including non-ECMA parts like Winforms||932|
|14||Bill, Nathan, Steve, and Other Con Artists||11/16/elitist-critique/||People's assorted perspectives on Nathan Myhrvold, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs||1,616|
|15||Reader's Article: Corporate Media Ownership Shifts||11/16/corporate-media-ownership-shifts/||Media channels that Microsoft is associated with to get acquired by Microsoft's partner, Comcast||3,560|
|16||Why Are Critics of Criminal Activity Portrayed as "Bad Guys"?||11/16/love-thy-criminals/||Analysis of a culture where those who believe in the law are being discouraged and daemonised||3,990|
|17||Survey: Vista 7 [sic] Disliked by Sub-notebooks Buyers, GNU/Linux Emerges as a Winner||11/16/customers-reject-vista-7/||As expected, customers reject Vista 7 [sic] Starter Edition and Microsoft is restructuring for coming change||3,631|
|18||Links 16/11/2009: New HPC Figures, ZevenOS 2.0 Released||11/16/new-hpc-figures/||(n/a)|
|19||Power of GNU/Linux in One's Hand (Video)||11/16/pyacceleremoter/||An accelerometer-based remote controller for mplayer on GNU/Linux machines.||(n/a)|
|20||IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: November 16th, 2009||11/16/irc-log-16112009/||(n/a)|
|21||What Microsoft Does to GNU/Linux in Russian Schools||11/16/russia-linux-retaliation/||As Russia prepares to move to GNU/Linux Microsoft is sitting on its veins ||1,662|
|22||Apple is Too Hot, Microsoft Can Leave the Internet Flat||11/16/marvels-of-proprietary-software/||A reminder of the marvels of shiny proprietary software and hardware||1,105|
|23||Eben Moglen (SFLC) Explains Genesis of Intellectual Monopoly||11/16/genesis-of-patents/||Eben Moglen gives a talk titled "Patents at a Crossroads: Bilski and Beyond"||(n/a)|
|24||Microsoft Exposes .NET Patent Trap to More Potential Copyright Issues||11/16/mono-more-vulnerable/||.NET leaves Mono vulnerable to more allegations of plagiarism and the patent issues stay standing||1,530|
|25||Microsoft Colludes Against Google||11/16/microsoft-assured-damage/||Microsoft goes for a sort of mutually-assured destruction as a weapon against Google - a tactic which by no means helps anyone but itself (surfers, Google, and authors to suffer from Microsoft bribes for publishers)||1,419|
[Update] An additional 2 articles were published after I pushed this out at 8:00 PM PST, bringing the grand total to 25. More than 1 full post per hour. Some of the text below has been updated to reflect that.
Individual messages posted to COLA. Note these are technically from November 15th, but a 20-40 post volume for a single day is quite common in any case, and the crapflood for the 16th had not started yet when I wrote this.
I figure each of these take about 10 minutes each, on average — including the amount of time needed to actually extract the links and quotes from wherever he gets them. There doesn't seem to be much automation, even considering many of these simply parrot what's posted in the blog.
|1||Sub-notebooks Owners Hate Vista 7 [sic]||msg/9b4563d6205a17ed|
|2||Microsoft's Advertising So Terrible That Even Microsoft Employees Overwhelmingly Reject It||msg/35050243c682ae83|
|3||Microsoft 'Resolves' Flaws Using Lawyers, Intimidation||msg/9278204d291b1752|
|4||Microsoft's Patent Troll a "Fool" Masquerading as Something Else||msg/77ecbf95f97d7811|
|5||NVIDIA on Intel's Crimes, Otellini as a Criminal||msg/b182430186c8d3cc|
|6||Microsoft Windows Possibly Ditched by Seattle||msg/d7c932d5c1281237|
|7||Phones, Cisco Products Do Not Support Vista 7 [sic]||msg/ccaf878f523bafe5|
|8||Vista 7 [sic] Disaster: Fails to Sell More PCs — Even Worse Than Vista||msg/0e4431bdcf26ad9d|
|9||Microsoft Lied About Vista 7 [sic] 'Security'||msg/60b6fa9bc20938b3|
|10||Microsoft Moves to India, Executive Pay Broken||msg/7d26ba8c6f3be9a5|
|11||Microsoft Assaults Almost 1 Millions of Its Customers||msg/ee716f7d61d44fe1|
|12||Loads of Bilski Coverage: Software Patents Still at Risk in the US||msg/fe0ce7cb073b31e8|
|13||Microsoft's Xbox Sinks to 4th Place Even in Very Own Home Ground||msg/6c04aae68788aa4d|
|14||Microsoft Sued for Patent Violations Again, Settles||msg/f5611b2ddbf5592a|
|15||Attacks on Legal Sharing Harms Artists||msg/ef9689023ab50100|
|16||Google Still Struggles to Resurrect Orphaned Works||msg/aac24c7ef77debd5|
|17||ACTA Exposed, Now Under Attack by Politicians||msg/44f5d6fb1e20e091|
|18||Windows Marketplace Cracked||msg/9f9703698ad54c20|
|19||Hope Reborn for Monopoly-Free Media Standards||msg/4e7523a4e0b3c94b|
|20||Proprietary Software Skype Thrown Out for Being "Garbage"||msg/ba46cb41be50ba0f|
|21||Apache's Ethos and How Trolls Are Kept Out||msg/48944ef96095aec6|
|22||Mozilla Thunderbird 3 in (P)review, Firefox 3.6 Got Faster||msg/6a9cdb40e7d4e611|
|23||Openness Grows in Norway and German Authorities||msg/c972ae51d49be9c3|
|24||MySQL a Real Threat to Microsoft's with 46% Market Share in Emerging Markets||msg/36001484124da98e|
|25||OLPC Reaches Decent Numbers with GNU/Linux||msg/79e170de0fed2e5f|
|26||CrunchPad GNU/Linux Tablet Arriving Soon||msg/477885bdd961b299|
|27||Embedded Market Goes with Linux||msg/9196b145f117ab9e|
|28||FreeNAS Picks ZFS, OpenBSD Goes "Live"||msg/6938c7b59433eab9|
|29||Latest KDE4 for Ubuntu is Already Here, Linux Mint Helena Almost Here||msg/50423bafa24ec390|
|30||Ubuntu GNU/Linux 9.10 Karmic Koala is "Better Than Ever"||msg/fd1954f37c253b1e|
|31||Talks Brewing About Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6||msg/5ac100179b0a2c36|
|32||Mandriva One 2010 Receives Another Great Review||msg/5d56c9ed4cce4799|
|33||A Look at Compiz-Fusion in Gentoo and Puppy Linux||msg/1ac276c15304e534|
|34||The Power of GwenView and New Concept for Software Management in GNU/Linux||msg/2ba7a04bd722f5df|
|35||Another Top Game Comes to GNU/Linux, Windows Games Run Fine Also||msg/eabe46355dcda129|
|36||Cisco Uses GNU/Linux Server to Challenges Titans||msg/0366b290d95d5902|
|37||Smart Man Chooses to Bank with GNU/Linux||msg/a5c97e4eb74d2d2d|
|38||Wayland Display Server for Linux Examined||msg/ee0060cc3b218267|
Individual 'tweets' posted to Twitter and identi.ca. I assume the mirroring of posts is automated to a certain extent, but it still takes time to make the "news" fit into the 140-character limit, so let's give these about 5 minutes each, maybe. Again, there is a lot of repetition here. I've omitted "retweets" and replies from this list, and these are also from November 15th to match the Usenet ones to a certain extent.
|1||#Microsoft Imitates #Google Revenue Model on the Desktop: Adverts Come to #Vista7 Desktops http://ur1.ca/fta2||5734352463|
|2||#Microsoft Breaks the #Law , Teaches World That 'Evil' #GPL is 'Viral' http://bit.ly/3DI3qi||5734911886|
|3||Smart Man Chooses to Bank with #GNU #Linux http://bit.ly/3rEgde||5751324358|
|4||#Wayland Display Server for #Linux Examined http://bit.ly/1e7GUh||5751362494|
|5||#Cisco Uses #GNU #Linux Server to Challenges Titans http://ur1.ca/fuil||5751393836|
|6||Another Top #Game Comes to #GNU #Linux http://bit.ly/1kanKr||5751425140|
|7||New Concept for Software Management in #GNU #Linux http://bit.ly/4l5brH||5751468455|
|8||A Look at #CompizFusion in #Gentoo and #Puppy #Linux http://bit.ly/4crTss||5751669744|
|9||Talks Brewing About #RedHat Enterprise #Linux 6 http://bit.ly/4njpRl||5751728020|
|10||#Mandriva One 2010 Receives Another Great Review http://danlynch.org/blog/2009/11/mandriva/||5751760025|
|11||#Ubuntu #GNU #Linux 9.10 #KarmicKoala is "Better Than Ever" http://bit.ly/14R2nG||5751836109|
|12||#Linux #Mint Helena Almost Here http://bit.ly/3oDU8e||5751897124|
|13||#Embedded Market Goes with #Linux http://ur1.ca/fuke http://ur1.ca/fukf||5752258469|
|14||#OLPC Reaches Decent Numbers with #GNU #Linux http://ur1.ca/fukk http://ur1.ca/fukl||5752341265|
|15||#CrunchPad #GNU #Linux #Tablet Arriving Soon http://ur1.ca/fukq||5752420742|
|16||FreeNAS Picks ZFS, OpenBSD Goes "Live" http://ur1.ca/fuks #bsd http://ur1.ca/fuku||5752461200|
|17||#MySQL a Real Threat to Microsoft's with 46% Market Share in Emerging Markets http://ur1.ca/fukw||5752507599|
|18||#Mozilla #Thunderbird 3 in (P)review, #Firefox 3.6 Got Faster http://ur1.ca/ful5 http://ur1.ca/ful7||5752712542|
|19||Openness Grows in #Norway and #German Authorities http://ur1.ca/fula http://ur1.ca/fqlp||5752765162|
|20||#Apache's Ethos and How Trolls Are Kept Out http://bit.ly/4maD3w||5752783873|
|21||Hope Reborn for Monopoly-Free Media Standards http://ur1.ca/fulf||5752825893|
|22||Proprietary Software #Skype Thrown Out for Being "Garbage" http://bit.ly/4Y2mq||5752864806|
|23||#ACTA Exposed, Now Under Attack by Politicians http://ur1.ca/fumc http://ur1.ca/fumd||5753332362|
|24||#Google Still Struggles to Resurrect Orphaned Works http://ur1.ca/fumg http://ur1.ca/fumh||5753369653|
|25||Attacks on Legal Sharing Harms Artists http://ur1.ca/fuml http://ur1.ca/fumm http://ur1.ca/fqip||5753420854|
|26||#Microsoft Sued for #Patent Violations Again, Settles http://ur1.ca/fumo http://ur1.ca/fump||5753464511|
|27||Survey: #Vista7 Disliked by Sub-notebooks Buyers, #GNU #Linux Emerges as a Winner http://ur1.ca/fvaf||5761775475|
|28||Why Are Critics of Criminal Activity Portrayed as 'Bad Guys'? http://bit.ly/NXr1r||5762228864|
|29||Reader's Article: Corporate Media Ownership Shifts http://bit.ly/22YQr5||5762515525|
|30||Bill, Nathan, Steve, and Other Con Artists http://bit.ly/2OZVU7||5762849692|
|31||#OpenSUSE 11.2 is Open to #Microsoft Lawsuits Because of #Mono http://bit.ly/4nFFy7||5763106481|
|32||More Marshall Projects (MoU), This Time in China http://bit.ly/zFeip||5763610483|
|33||#Microsoft Pays #comScore More Money, Gets Bogus Endorsements http://bit.ly/1aulCI||5764037706|
Schestowitz was active on his IRC channel for most of that 24 hour period (almost 17 hours). This is useful only as a measure of time, really. He also has another IRC channel called
#boycottnovell-social  which uses Freenode resources (evidently) but is apparently used to deal with more private topics that are not supposed to be logged. People
other than his inner cadre don't seem to be allowed to use it, so it's impossible to determine how much time was spent
- First entry @ 12:14 AM
- Announces he has "lots of posts to do tomorrow" @ 1:17 AM
- Bids adieu at 3:01 AM
- Back on the grind @ 10:26 AM (7.5 hours later)
- Announces he's done with his 19 posts @ 5:28 PM
- I don't think I ever posted 20 items in such a small amount of time @ 6:52 PM
He posts comments fairly continuously until 11:59 PM when the log gets cut off. After that, he published five more articles.
The remains of the day ¶
Now, consider all the other stuff one does during the day, like reading email, talking on the phone with your significant other, doing tech support for family members, cleaning up the house, taking a crap, fixing the leaky faucet in the kitchen, raking the leaves in the back yard, chatting with friends online, updating your gothy MySpace page, watching TV, changing the oil on the truck, etc. With the possible exception of taking a crap (which is of the utmost importance), I don't know how much of that I would get done, if any.
The output volume summarized here is a bit high, but it's not far from the median. I'm not exaggerating — simply counting the number of unread items in Google Reader, and only counting posts to BoycottNovell, Schestowitz can literally out-blog the whole of Planet GNOME on any given day. And that does not include Usenet or microblogging.
The level of activity seems to have risen in the past few months, probably because the
spamming interaction with social media web sites has tapered off a bit from its
previous highs (as of November 2009) during the last three years:
Dugg: 15,962 Comments: 13,444 Submitted: 6,733
Propped: 28,356 Comments: 648 Submitted: 25,112
Whether or not other activity can be attributed to Schestowitz — directly or indirectly — that's a lot of time. A veritable crapload of time. One has to wonder just how long a 27-year old's savings  last, even considering such profitable ventures as working at Burger King.  But that's another issue. He also recently celebrated (if that's the correct term) his 3- year reign of error, as well as his 8,000th post to go along with that. Yay.
And tomorrow? Tomorrow will be exactly the same more or less. Groundhog Day.
So... how was your Sunday? §
- ^ This is possibly the only truly consistently useful thing on that blog.
- ^ IRC Log (2008-09-03)
«As long as my savings in the bank last and I enjoy this hobby, I intend to continue. I can get around to things like family later on»
- ^ (2009-01-25) "Blog entry".
«I worked at Burger King for a year (as a teenager)»
- ^ If someone wants to go into that channel and log it, that would be great. Technically since they're using Freenode they have to follow the organization's guidelines and can't simple exclude people. The only reason someone could be prevented from logging into a registered channel is lack of nick registration, and the only reason for being kicked from one is repeated disruption. We're talking important shit in here doesn't cut it. If that's a problem then I suppose they can host their own IRC server.
- ^ (2009-03-23) "What’s New at Boycott Novell | Boycott Novell".
- ^ "On its veins"???