"He can't apply the same standards to himself that he applies to others," says humorist and programmer Greg Knauss, who last year created the WinerLog parody site (since taken over by a much angrier and less funny group of contributors who write under the collective name Zaphod). "He'll launch into people really hard, doing over-the-top, needless stuff, like posting sexual slurs about Rogers Cadenhead when they disagreed, but then he says there will be no flaming on his own site." Cadenhead, the author of best-selling books on Java programming and other software topics, disagreed with Winer over the propriety of the Third Voice site-editing technology; Winer responded by pointing to a childhood picture of Cadenhead on the author's site and writing, "See the little boy? Want to have sex with him?"
Still, Knauss keeps reading. "The Web would be less without Dave. He's a personality," he says. "He cranks you up, makes you nod -- it's not the bland corporate crap that's seeped onto the Net. That's the ineffable essence of Winer, as much as he drives me batshit."
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