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Subject: Re: UKNM: Burn Rate
From: Duncan Clubb
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 10:00:46 +0100

Indeed. Wolff wrote a highly entertaining book, but it obviously comes out of the
'bitter and twisted' camp - bit like Cringely, really. Still, he got one major
thing right - as in almost every sphere that they operate in, the one group of
guaranteed winners is the bankers.


Paul Murphy wrote:

> >I'd agree that Burn Rate is a "must read". But the really disappointing
> >thing is the website
> is a marvellous book - also worth seeing are the comments on amazon <seems
> to be either one star or 5 stars> especially the ones by ex-employees:
> A reader from New York , January 16, 1999
> Those who can't, write.
> I worked at CMP during the time Wolff writes about. While some of what he
> says is true, his descriptions of people in the company is cruel and
> insensitive. He describes one of the best journalists in the computer
> industry as "a drawf in a wheelchair" I believe. And he belittles the
> founders of CMP, Gerry and Lilo Leeds, for the crime of being old.
> They've accomplished
> more than Wolff ever could dream of. But, I suppose he has a family to
> feed, too, and the only way to do it is to insult, offend, draw caricatures
> instead of real people. One thing I will say for all the people at CMP
> involved in Netguide in the early days--they were trying, and sure they made
> mistakes. But so what? Everyone screws up. May Wolff be able to retire on
> the royalties of his book, or live off his lawyer wife. One sure thing--ain't
> nobody gonna want to be *his* business partner. Burn those bridges, Mike!

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