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Saturday, July 16th, 2005, 4:38 am

Microsoft Garbage

Bill Gates
Bill Gates arrested in his younger days (photo in public domain)

People without hands-on experience with site management ought to know that Microsoft attempt to ‘re-invent’ the Web by introducing a set of Windows binaries and then requesting them from sites all across the open Web.

The consequence: errors get raised in every site that is not powered by Windows.

Such files include:

  • /_vti_bin/owssvr.dll
  • /MSOffice/cltreq.asp (Office)
  • /_vti_pvt/service.pwd (Frontpage — grey area and an illegal password request)

On a roughly daily bases, my error logs will list these files. So, I have just re-directed requests for all such files to microsoft.com/eat_your_own_garbage

This shifts the errors over to Microsoft’s own domain and takes up their own bandwidth. If enough people take similar steps, the folks at microsoft.com will soon get the message, which will ‘bubble’ up their error log tables.

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One Response to “Microsoft Garbage”

  1. Jacken Says:

    Haha! Don’t get mad, get even….

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