I’ve made no apologies about my love for Daniel Eran Dilger’s work – both on his own RoughlyDrafted Magazine (RDM) site and over at Apple Insider. His dogged chronicling of Apple’s history – especially Microsoft’s antics in the 90s and 00s followed by their wane (and Google’s rise) over the last 10 years – is required reading for anyone that really wants to understand Apple and their competitive environment. He’s not yet one of mainstream Apple bloggers (like say Gruber, Siegler or Dalrymple), I think because many perceive his work as having too heavy a pro-Apple bias. I almost never see his work reblogged by anyone but Dalrymple, but thanks to his dress-down of Strategy Analytics’ latest idiocy, I think that’s about to change.
Not only did he get picked up by Philip Elmer-Dewitt’s Apple 2.0 blog, he got a link from Gruber. This happened despite a rather terse slap fight between Gruber and Dilger a few years ago, where Gruber ended stumbling away like the lion cub that fucked with the badger (in my opinion anyway). This is the first time since the incident I can remember DED getting link love from Daring Fireball. Congratulations to Dilger on getting recognition for his consistently excellent work and to Gruber for being big enough not let personal history get in the way of pointing people to great writing.