Back when Scoble was at MS, I couldn't read his blog at all - I found it far too one-sided and boring.

More recently, I've resubscribed. I still disagree with him on a lot of things, but I find him to be more interesting and balanced now.

I've finally had the difference explained to me - and the explanation comes from Scoble himself:

But, anyway, this is something I’ve noticed since leaving Microsoft. When you’re up at Microsoft all you think about is how to work with Microsoft stuff. Conversations like the one Jon is participating in seem normal and commonplace.

Then you get out of Redmond and the conversations are very different. I’ve never had someone ask me how to blog from Word outside of Redmond.

Well spotted!