My letter to Jim Louderback… Editor of PC Magazine

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

I’ve been a PC Magazine reader for years, but recently I’ve noticed several reviews of tools and products in which SharePoint could be a contender e.g. Collaboration and Blogging. Unfortunately SharePoint was never included in any of these reviews. So I decided to write Editor Jim Louderback an email to politely point out the omission in hopes that SharePoint might actually get some representation in future reviews. My email to Jim is listed below…

Hey Jim,

I’ve been a faithful PC Magazine reader for many years, even when I felt “PC” Magazine was starting to become more of a “Mac” Magazine toward the end of Michael Miller’s reign as Editor. I really welcomed the new changes in both look and feel as well as content that you brought to the table for PC Magazine as Editor.

Recently however, I’ve noticed more and more articles in PC Magazine citing certain types of tools, but not including the obvious in your comparison. (FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Microsoft MVP in the SharePoint space.) One such comparison a couple of issues ago was on “Collaboration Tools” yet the article failed to list SharePoint, and in particular Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (which is free) as one of the options. I thought about responding at the time, but didn’t. Now, in the latest issue (March 6, 2007) on page 38 you give the rundown on some free blogging tools. Blogger was listed as one of the tools as well as LiveJournal and Vox, but again, SharePoint was not noted. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 includes a site template specifically designed for blogging. In fact, my blog ( is a SharePoint blog. I started my blogging career on Blogger, then moved to MSN Spaces, but finally went SharePoint because of the freedom and control it allowed me.

I was wondering if it was possible for the PC Magazine crew to include SharePoint in their review cycles. Microsoft has done a LOT with SharePoint especially in the latest iteration and both Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) have made huge amounts of progress in many areas. I just don’t think it would be prudent to do comparisons on tools and then leave Microsoft off the comparison chart. Certainly Microsoft plays a huge role in most software on the PC. I trust that you’ll be able to find the time to evaluate some of SharePoint’s features and include those in future comparative publications listed in PC Magazine.

Cornelius J. van Dyk



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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