Monday, October 11, 2010

Hey, Mr. Ballmer, at least Robert J. Steiner likes you

Something came up in my feeds that interested me on many levels. Yes, many levels. The post was entitled Top 20 hot Tech Stocks that Will Make Me Rich, and was written by Robert J. Steiner of CEOWORLD Magazine.

(Incidentally, I would think that something called "CEOWORLD Magazine" would have a limited readership, but at least it would be pre-qualified for advertisers. Perhaps I should write "Head of State Magazine"; only a couple of hundred readers max, but what a set of readers!)

Anyway, back to Steiner. Even any kind of discussion of his picks would require a lengthy disclosure statement on my part. He picked a former employer of mine (Motorola), a current competitor of mine (Cogent), a major supplier of mine (Oracle), and a bunch of other firms. And the information is not necessarily up to date. The blurbs don't discuss Motorola's moves toward splitting into two (not three) separate companies, or Cogent's moves toward selling itself. At least the blurbs recognized that Oracle sells hardware.

But it's interesting to look at Steiner's picks. Let's say they' to the conventional wisdom. For example, take a look at this pick:

Microsoft (MSFT)- Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. The company’s (sic) Windows & Windows Live Division segment offers Windows operating system, Windows Live, and Internet Explorer. It offers Windows operating system, which include Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Home, as well as Windows Live suite of applications and Web services. Microsoft’s (sic) Server and Tools segment provides Windows Server operating systems, Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Azure, Visual Studio, Silverlight, System Center products, Biz Talk server, Microsoft consulting services, and product support services.

Let's face it - if you saw a headline declaring that you could make millions off Microsoft, you'd probably check to make sure you weren't reading the Onion or eSarcasm. WinExtra in particular has noted that, while Microsoft sometimes deserves the derision it gets, sometimes it successes go unnoticed in a tech media world infested with google i's.

But at least Steve Ballmer can take comfort in knowing that Robert J. Steiner is in his corner.

(Incidentally, CEOWORLD appears to be a project of Lucentbyte. Amarendra Bhsuhan is not only Lucentbyte's CEO, but is also its PERMANENT Chairman. Now that's stability.)
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