I hope Microsoft debugs Vista better than thier mail-merge software



  • I received this e-mail from Microsoft inviting me to the Microsoft Vista Launch.  I am not sure where <CITY NAME> is, or when <DATE> is or how to get to <URL>.  I guesse if I had vista this would work!

     

    Dear Martin:


     We're invited to witness the launch of Microsoft(R) Windows Vista(TM), the 2007 Microsoft(R) Office system and Microsoft(R) Exchange Server 2007.  We think it's a must-attend event for members because there's a wealth of opportunities to expand our knowledge in live sessions lead by Microsoft experts, Q&As and much more. And it's happening in <CITY NAME>, <DATE> visit <URL> to register. The 2007 Microsoft Launch Event will provide insight into how you can help streamline deployment and help reduce management time as you create an enhanced security environment within your organization, including for mobile workers.  
     



  • Well at least they got your name right and didnt call you <NAME>



  • "We're invited"? I hope that's a transcription error on your part...



  • Nope, that was a cut and paste.  Especially WTF since one of the features of office 2007 is that it is supposed to catch these errors.

     

     



  • "And it's happening in Brisbane, October 23 visit www.site.ext to register.", doesn't sound right.

    If I didn't know better, I'd say this is just a Nigerian phishing for email addresses.



  • Pfffffffft. Call that shoddy mail merge software? I got one from Sky Broadband yesterday, and it starts like this:

     

    <font color="#62ad00" face="verdana" size="2">TO BUY, CALL %%DYN_BLOCK4%% AND QUOTE %%URN%%</font>

    <font color="#000000" face="verdana" size="2">
    %%SALUTATION%%

    %%DYN_BLOCK1%%

    </font> <font color="#62ad00" face="verdana" size="2">Great value extras</font><font color="#000000" face="verdana" size="2">

    Sky Broadband comes</font>....

    (SNIP)

    <font color="#62ad00" face="verdana" size="2">Order Sky Broadband now </font> <font color="#000000" face="verdana" size="2">

    %%DYN_BLOCK2%%</font>

    (SNIP)

    <font color="#000000" face="verdana" size="2">%%DYN_BLOCK3%%
    </font> <font color="#62ad00" face="verdana" size="2">Hurry!</font>

     

    Hurry? And do what? What is Dynamic block 3? I need to know, it's obviously urgent!

     



  • It's one of those new types of conferences called a "FlexMeet". You tell them the location and time to have the meeting, and they'll make sure to get there.It's one of those new types of conferences called a "FlexMeet". You tell them the location and time to have the meeting, and they'll make sure to get there.



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    @Balthazaar said:

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  • [quote user="Lankiveil"]

    "And it's happening in Brisbane, October 23 visit www.site.ext to register.", doesn't sound right.

    If I didn't know better, I'd say this is just a Nigerian phishing for email addresses.

    [/quote]

    Or, Martin's a member of some organization, which was extending an invitation to him which they'd received.  Hence "We're invited", as in "Our organization is invited, and you, as a member, are then implicitly invited."

    Scammer, or an incompetent non-microsoft entity.  Either way. 



  • [quote user="Irrelevant"][quote user="Balthazaar"]

    <REPLY-TO QUOTE>

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    [/quote]<DERISION FOR MAKING A MISTAKE>[/quote]

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    <FLAME><FLAME><FLAME>

    <REFERENCE TO HITLER>
     



  • <BADLY MISSPELLED OFF-SUBJECT RANT BASED ON MISUNDERSTANDING OF PRIOR POST>



  • <RESPONSE MARKER> <RESPONSE MARKER> <SUBJECT>

    <Donut[AFK]> HEY EURAKARTE
    <Donut[AFK]> INSULT
    <Eurakarte> RETORT
    <Donut[AFK]> COUNTER-RETORT
    <Eurakarte> QUESTIONING OF SEXUAL PREFERENCE
    <Donut[AFK]> SUGGESTION TO SHUT THE FUCK UP
    <Eurakarte> NOTATION THAT YOU CREATE A VACUUM
    <Donut[AFK]> RIPOSTE
    <Donut[AFK]> ADDON RIPOSTE
    <Eurakarte> COUNTER-RIPOSTE
    <Donut[AFK]> COUNTER-COUNTER RIPOSTE
    <Eurakarte> NONSENSICAL STATEMENT INVOLVING PLANKTON
    <Miles_Prower> RESPONSE TO RANDOM STATEMENT AND THREAT TO BAN OPPOSING SIDES
    <Eurakarte> WORDS OF PRAISE FOR FISHFOOD
    <Miles_Prower> ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND ACCEPTENCE OF TERMS

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  • <IRRELEVANT COMMENT THAT VISTA ISN'T BUGGY, JUST BADLY-DESIGNED>



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  • More (existential) flame wars.


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