Today, I googled about the new features of Windows PE 2.0. I found a ZDNet page offering a white paper about this topic. When I clicked on the link, I was told that I have to register first to get the paper. Usually, this is the point where I go back to Google.

Michael Pietroforte

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor in chief of 4sysops. He has more than 35 years of experience in IT management and system administration.

However, ZDNet usually is a trustworthy source, so grudgingly I filled out the form where they wanted to know my name, my e-mail address, my postal address, my phone number, my occupation, my company, etc.

After I confirmed my new ZDNet account at my dummy email address, I finally got the white paper. You won't believe what I received! It simply was a link to Microsoft's web site about Windows PE 2.0. So, ZDNet only links to external sites if you give them your phone number first.

Of course, none of the info I gave them was valid. Did you ever fill out such a form correctly? I am absolutely not interested in phone calls of enthusiastic marketing guys. What is the sense of this stupid registration process, anyway?

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  1. nick 13 years ago

    I must admit I am not a fan of the current paradigm of 'everbody register' that seems to have infected many many websites. is a great one that I am aware of, I'm sure there are more out there.


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  3. [...] Of course, there are sites that I do register with because they provide a service that I consume, but as Michael Pietroforte notes in his never sign up for ZDNet white papers post, sometimes it’s just a way to get your details (in this case from a company which has been accused of being a Spamhaus) and then refer you to a vendor’s own freely-available information. [...]


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