Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 23:21 UTC
Windows "Microsoft recently unveiled a new web site called 'Windows Vista Test Drive', designed to allow business users, consumers, and the merely curious to find out what running Microsoft's latest operating system might be like, without actually having to install it."
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RE[2]: I'm sorry, but ...
by Rayz on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 11:05 UTC in reply to "RE: I'm sorry, but ..."
Rayz
Member since:
2006-06-24

Well that's just it.

I mean, the folk who contribute here, are supposed to be 'net savvy', but look at the number of them on this thread alone who fell for this!

No official notice from Microsoft.

The site is called 'windowsvistatestdrive' - do me a favour!

And a quick domain check would show that it isn't even registered to Microsoft!

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RE[3]: I'm sorry, but ...
by Soulbender on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 12:57 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm sorry, but ..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"And a quick domain check would show that it isn't even registered to Microsoft!"

Indeed, why would Microsoft register a domain via proxy for an official project? Doesn't really add up.
It is also noteworthy that the site isn't uusing SSL making it even harder to verify if it's an authentic MS site. If this actually IS an official MS site it's not very well handled and doesn't exactly instill a lot of confidence.

Exsilio Consulting does exist though:
http://www.bristolagency.com/

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RE[3]: I'm sorry, but ...
by Soulbender on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 13:12 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm sorry, but ..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"And a quick domain check would show that it isn't even registered to Microsoft!"

After some more cursory investigation it appears the vista live test is hosted on the same machine as exsilio's website. Still pretty sloppy for a MS project though but maybe it's not actually official yet and arch has beaten the official launch.
I can't help but also notice that exsilio's admins are some of those misguided souls that wrongly think that blocking ping and traceroute serves some kind of purpose.

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RE[4]: I'm sorry, but ...
by B. Janssen on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 18:11 in reply to "RE[3]: I'm sorry, but ..."
B. Janssen Member since:
2006-10-11

Soulbender: I can't help but also notice that exsilio's admins are some of those misguided souls that wrongly think that blocking ping and traceroute serves some kind of purpose.

Have you never heard of the dreaded ping attack? That's when a ping with a red headband and a bare chest infiltrates your system, kills the scheduler and frees the POWs from the quarantine folder. Traceroute is even worse, it uses blue light!

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