In an earlier entry on Microsoft's mistreatment of me, I reported how the company's pr firm harasses member of the media. It's one of their psychological tactics to ensure information about Microsoft is disseminated in an manner approved by the Higher Masters.
With Microsoft's purchase of Visio, and with my involvement with Visio, the "relationship" with Microsoft began anew. In mid-July 2000, I was invited to meet with numerous Visio-turned-Microsoft employees to talk about the future release of Visio 10.
Towards the end of the day-long meeting, I was introduced to my new pr contact. She was young, from one of Microsoft's external pr firms, and seemed pleasant enough -- but that's how they are trained to be. The Inner Rottweiler had not yet been unleashed.
From the unpleasant dealings with Microsoft's external pr firms I had experienced a decade earlier, I know what to expect, and how to react. Sure enough, it didn't take long.
The pleasant young lady called after just about every issue of Visions.eZine -- to complain. And so I unleashed the counter-tactics. Whenever she yelled at me over the telephone, I yelled back twice as hard. After a couple of such phone conversations, I no longer heard from her.
And since 2000, I have mostly had the silent treatment from Microsoft (as the next story describes). This new arrangement is much more satisfactory for me.
Not hearing from Microsoft is like not hearing from Revenue Canada (Internal Revenue Service).