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    Default The Medison Laptop, A Mordacious Scam?

    Phoronix: The Medison Laptop, A Mordacious Scam?

    Making news on the Internet in the past 24 hours has been the "Medison Celebrity Laptop", which claims to be a $150 USD laptop that ships with an Intel Celeron 1.5GHz processor, a 14" LCD screen, 802.11g wireless, and uses Fedora Linux. For such a low price this looks like an incredible deal, but its validity can be questioned.

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item&px=NTkyNA

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    sounds too good to be true

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    This laptop was mentioned on Slashdot as well as many other news sites a while back:

    http://linux.slashdot.org/linux/07/07/25/1519256.shtml

    The Slashdot article was updated after it was posted, too:

    "Update 2035 GMT by SM: As many readers have pointed out, the more you dig into the details of this company the more fishy it starts to seem. I would suggest any potential buyers be wary on this one."

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    Default Medison Scam

    I started looking into medison. If you do a whois on medison.se you see no admin or tech contact.
    If you do the same on medisoncelebrity.com then you see a few interesting things. The contact there is the CEO, who has an interesting e-mail address.

    <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v336/newbynoog/?action=view&current=scam.jpg">Whois Screenshot</a>

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    Code:
    # whois medisoncelebrity.com
    
    Whois Server Version 2.0
    
    Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
    with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
    for detailed information.
    
    
       Domain Name: MEDISONCELEBRITY.COM
       Registrar: ENOM, INC.
       Whois Server: whois.enom.com
       Referral URL: http://www.enom.com
       Name Server: NS1.SURF-TOWN.NET
       Name Server: NS2.SURF-TOWN.NET
       Name Server: NS3.SURF-TOWN.NET
       Status: ok
       Updated Date: 11-apr-2007
       Creation Date: 11-apr-2007
       Expiration Date: 11-apr-2008
    
    >>> Last update of whois database: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 22:39:16 UTC <<<
    
    NOTICE: The expiration date displayed in this record is the date the
    registrar's sponsorship of the domain name registration in the registry is
    currently set to expire. This date does not necessarily reflect the expiration
    date of the domain name registrant's agreement with the sponsoring
    registrar.  Users may consult the sponsoring registrar's Whois database to
    view the registrar's reported date of expiration for this registration.
    
    TERMS OF USE: You are not authorized to access or query our Whois
    database through the use of electronic processes that are high-volume and
    automated except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or
    modify existing registrations; the Data in VeriSign Global Registry
    Services' ("VeriSign") Whois database is provided by VeriSign for
    information purposes only, and to assist persons in obtaining information
    about or related to a domain name registration record. VeriSign does not
    guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a Whois query, you agree to abide
    by the following terms of use: You agree that you may use this Data only
    for lawful purposes and that under no circumstances will you use this Data
    to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass
    unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail, telephone,
    or facsimile; or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes
    that apply to VeriSign (or its computer systems). The compilation,
    repackaging, dissemination or other use of this Data is expressly
    prohibited without the prior written consent of VeriSign. You agree not to
    use electronic processes that are automated and high-volume to access or
    query the Whois database except as reasonably necessary to register
    domain names or modify existing registrations. VeriSign reserves the right
    to restrict your access to the Whois database in its sole discretion to ensure
    operational stability.  VeriSign may restrict or terminate your access to the
    Whois database for failure to abide by these terms of use. VeriSign
    reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.
    
    The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .EDU domains and
    Registrars.
    =-=-=-=
    Visit AboutUs.org for more information about medisoncelebrity.com
    <a href="http://www.aboutus.org/medisoncelebrity.com">AboutUs: medisoncelebrity.                                                                             com</a>
    
    Registration Service Provided By: Surftown Domains
    Contact: dns@surf-town.net
    Visit: http://www.support.surftown.com/
    
    Domain name: medisoncelebrity.com
    
    Registrant Contact:
    
       Valdi Ivancic (valdi_ivancic@hotmail.com)
       +46.707572858
       Fax:
       Lundenvagen 24
       Huskvarna,  561 34
       SE
    
    Administrative Contact:
    
       Valdi Ivancic (valdi_ivancic@hotmail.com)
       +46.707572858
       Fax:
       Lundenvagen 24
       Huskvarna,  561 34
       SE
    
    Technical Contact:
       Surftown A/S
       DNS Administrator (dns@surf-town.net)
       +45.70200776
       Fax: +45.70200776
       Lautrupsgade 9, 1
       K˙FFFFF8benhavn ˙FFFFD8,  2100
       DK
    
    Status: Active
    
    Name Servers:
       ns1.surf-town.net
       ns2.surf-town.net
       ns3.surf-town.net
    
    Creation date: 11 Apr 2007 19:04:10
    Expiration date: 11 Apr 2008 19:04:10
    =-=-=-=
    The data in this whois database is provided to you for information
    purposes only, that is, to assist you in obtaining information about or
    related to a domain name registration record. We make this information
    available "as is," and do not guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a
    whois query, you agree that you will use this data only for lawful
    purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use this data to: (1)
    enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that stress or load
    this whois database system providing you this information; or (2) allow,
    enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass unsolicited,
    commercial advertising or solicitations via direct mail, electronic
    mail, or by telephone. The compilation, repackaging, dissemination or
    other use of this data is expressly prohibited without prior written
    consent from us.
    
    We reserve the right to modify these terms at any time. By submitting
    this query, you agree to abide by these terms.
    Version 6.3 4/3/2002
    No need for a random screenshot link.

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