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Just Say No to Sys-Con: Aral’s Jihad

Sys-Con once accused my friend Aral Balkan of “cihad”. Well… Aral may not have been a man on a mission before, but he certainly is now. According to Wikipedia, one definition of Jihad is

“to struggle to improve one’s self and/or society”

So let’s see. Aral has been threatened and bullied by Sys-Con. The full sordid story is here.

To summarize, I’m being bullied by Sys-Con because I spoke out against my content and identity being misused. I’ve been attacked time and time again with libelous articles that appear to be part of a systemic attempt at character assassination. This whole Sys-Con affair is the last thing I need right now. It’s a huge distraction from work and a generally nasty affair to have to deal with. However, I am not going to take this bullying lying down. It’s time to say “no” to Sys-Con.

One might assume Aral is being paranoid, were it not for the fact Sys-Con has used similar tactics in attacking, for example, Adobe’s Ted Patrick. There is also no doubt that Sys-Con has an “interesting” relationship to other people’s IP and writing on the web.

I am not going to say a great deal more, but please read Aral’s post. If you think it the firm’s behaviour is reasonable, go right ahead and keep engaging with them. But Aral isn’t just fighting for himself now, this is a struggle on behalf of a number of people whose content is being re-appropriated by a third party.

disclosure: As I have said, Aral is a friend of mine. I don’t have any other axes to grind.

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  1. Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. Insanity: http://is.gd/1P4N4
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  2. Please Retweet : boycott sys-con : http://is.gd/1P4N4 & http://aralbalkan.com/2284
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  3. We need a #boycott_syscon hash tag for http://is.gd/1P4N4
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  4. Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. http://is.gd/1P4N4 (via @timbray)
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  5. Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. http://is.gd/1P4N4 (via @timbray)
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  6. never bn a huge sys-con fan (web-site is way 2 noisy) but ths behavior is just crazy. B nice 2 hear sys-con’s side tho. http://is.gd/1P4N4
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  7. Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. http://is.gd/1P4N4 (via @timbray)
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  8. Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. http://is.gd/1P4N4 (via @timbray)
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  9. Don’t speak at sys-con confs. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. Insanity http://is.gd/1P4N4 (via @timbray)
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  10. has sys-con lost it? http://tr.im/ufhk boycotted (via http://tr.im/ufhE)
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  11. Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. http://is.gd/1P4N4 (via @timbray)
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  12. boycott sys-con : http://is.gd/1P4N4 & http://aralbalkan.com/2284
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  13. Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. http://is.gd/1P4N4 (via @timbray)
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  14. Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. http://is.gd/1P4N4 (via @s_bergmann)
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  15. ♺ @s_bergmann: Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. http://is.gd/1P4N4
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  16. Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. http://is.gd/1P4N4 (via @timbray)
    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  17. Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. http://is.gd/1P4N4 (via @timbray)
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  18. wondering companies like Sun, IBM, MS, Unisys continue to advertise on sys-con http://tinyurl.com/m3nj3v
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  19. Just Say No to Sys-Con: Aral’s Jihad: Sys-Con once accused my friend Aral Balkan of “cihad”. Well… Aral may not .. http://bit.ly/161bp2
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  20. Don’t speak at sys-con conferences. Don’t go to them. Don’t advertise on their sites. Don’t read them. Insanity: http://is.gd/1P4N4
    This comment was originally posted on Twitter



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