They're fun and I vote in my fair share, but online opinion surveys also suck (even the ones we post). I've said so before.\nEven though they suck -- self-selected samples yield sucky data, they just do -- these polls also sometimes produce remarkable results, as in you can't help but remark upon them. Take, for example, this poll posted Monday, April 10 on this site and headlined "Favorite Microsoftie." Voters were asked to choose from four options: "Bill," "Steve," "None of them," and "That guy I knew in college who I think works there now."\nTwenty-six people this week have taken the time to participate in this silly exercise -- including yours truly.\nThe top vote getter with 10? \u2026 That guy people claim they knew in college.\nSecond place? \u2026 None of the above -- with 9 votes.\nThird? \u2026 That would be the world's richest man, who tallied seven votes.\nLeaving Steve Ballmer to bring up the rear with -- and if you've kept a running tally you're already ahead of me -- not a single vote. Zip. Nada. Goose egg. \u2026 Ouch.\nNow zero-for-only-26 might not seem so horrible to some, but keep in mind that those are just the people who voted. We can't tell how many others saw the opportunity to toss poor Steve a mercy vote and yet declined to do so.\nHonestly, someone needs to send that link to a Ballmer friend or relative. This just ain't right.