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Following on from yesterday's "Call Me" mystery, I've received further information
regarding the spam and follow-up pitch that mystified many Net users.
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
It seems that some of those who rang the number and asked for more information
received an email in which Julian's portfolio of sites was listed.
The interesting thing was, according to a couple of readers, that some of the
sites on that list appear to have been created by a company called
One reader went so far as to check with PixelBrick who denied any
connection with Julian Angelo.
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More On DSE's XP Promotion
I also mentioned yesterday that one reader found DSE's free promo copies
of Windows XP had miraculously been sold before the doors even opened.
Well an anonymous informant claims that members of DSE's staff
were overheard boasting that they'd scored some of those promo copies.
N'uff said (again).
Windows XP, A Week Later
Although I'm clearly not a Microsoft fan, I'm also doing my best to be
objective in respect to the company's latest operating system offering and
have to admit that I've received a lot of email from people who seem
to be very happy with it.
Most writers seem more than impressed with the stability of the system --
something we've been waiting for ever since the launch of Windows 1.0
all those years ago.
Of course if Microsoft NZ would like me to undertake an objective evaluation
of the product and publish a review in this column then they're more than
welcome to contact me and I'll put it through its paces.
As readers know, I call a spade a spade, and if it works as advertised then
I'll say so. Likewise if it's a dog, I'll say so too. Remember -- Aardvark
doesn't attend the glitzy launches, journalist "excursions", or carry *any*
advertising so I'm not going to be swayed by the lure of big bucks from
Microsoft's PR department. So there's the challenge MS -- are you willing to
risk an Aardvark review?
Apologise For Asking Questions?
I received an email from Domainz recently suggesting that it might be nice
if I apologised to them in respect to my comments over StrongNet's recent spam.
In reporting the spam, I used a headline which asked whether Domainz database
had been ripped again --
and it was a question (complete with question-mark), not a statement.
I did not at any time state as fact that the database had been ripped --
but it certainly seemed a reasonable suggestion -- after all, a lot of
people responsible for websites hosted at Asia Online were hit by the same
email and that information had to come from somewhere.
Remember also that only
a matter of weeks earlier, ING had admitted ripping the database in order
to spam thousands of Kiwi domain name holders.
As I reported the next day, StrongNet claim that they obtained the information
by performing a zone transfer from NS99.waikato.ac.nz several months earlier
and hadn't ripped the Domainz database.
So do I apologise? No -- because I didn't make any false statements.
However, I did subsequently, and have again, clarified the matter so that
the question has been answered and the matter clarified.
Save The Aardvark Fund
Yes, I have had several donations to the Aardvark fund and I thank those
who put their money where their mouse is :-)
If guilt is gnawing away inside you then there's still time to donate.
Just drop by and
hand over your loot.
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