Despite his good intentions, the response of many bloggers was negative, complaining that it was an unnecesary overreaction.
“I found this post a little odd coming from Tim,” said blogger Nick Carr. “It’s well known in the technology industry that – while Tim’s very polite on his blog – if you meet him in person you’ll get treated to a 30-minute spittle-shower screed about ‘the god damn Germans’.
“I mean he really, really doesn’t like them. I have no idea why.
“Well, at least that’s what I heard. I can’t remember where.”
Carr also allowed that while he thought it was Germans, it might have been Mexicans O’Reilly dislikes so much.
But sources close to the technology industry maven indicate that it is indeed Germans.
“Not a lot of people know this,” a source said, “but Tim is actually 109 years old. He fought the Kaiser, you know.”
In a hand-written note that is unlikely to make the front page of the New York Times, O’Reilly responded briefly and courteously to Jeff Jarvis’ reaction to his code:
My Esteemed Colleague:
I should rather lay down with the stinking Jerries than engage in the uncouth sport of verbal sparring with such loutery. I shall rise above your gutterisms, leaving you to wallow in the filth with the vile Hun.
I remain your humble servant,
Timothy O’Reilly, III – Esq.
Meanwhile, on O’Reilly’s blog, the most recent post reads in its entirety:
A beverage that I truly enjoy is Moxie. I believe its Genetian root extractives make it a delectable thirst quencher. However, I could see how someone else could have a different opinion and I respect that.
Crazy Apple Rumors Site considered contacting O’Reilly directly prior to publication of this story but then thought, eh, fuck it, he’d probably just ignore us anyway.
It should also be noted that several sites have gone beyond the pale in criticising him as a “German-hating, kerchief-clutching fop”. We’d take them to task over it, but we kinda lost the links and and actually believe that Twittering about Desktop Tower Defense is more important.
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