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  • 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

  • #2
    sounds too good to be true

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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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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