This kind of reads like punishment for daring to speak. I would almost put real money on ZD having never seen Jeff even approach mood-level “explode”.
As I say in my feedback comment on ZDnet (thanks for putting that up, ZDudes), while Jeff and I often see things differently, and we (or recently my part-craniectomy means that the emphasis is more Jeff-ish) is rational, so we can chat about and settle any differences without a percieved risk of explosions, back-blasts, fallout... in fact, from a journalistic perspective, it must be quite mundane and boring. I would expect that this does not match the expected profile of IT industry journalism work.
Handily, the writers will know of many career morons who are more or less sitting around in various places dreaming up one-liners which an IT writer would almost admire (sans emetica, one hopes) as they quoted. Gartner and the "Do not tie your future too close" quote should be a topical ripper.
So here is an ongoing dilemma to solve: how do people have Jeff- or Leon-like points to politely (without sensationalising — or, it appears, involuntarily suffering dramatica like explosions) make, arrange to be really heard?