Is Microsoft Bribing People To Use IE 8?

Down in Australia, Microsoft is sponsoring a contest that commenced on June 19, 2009, in which they have hidden $10k somewhere on the Internet. The game is free to play and players are given daily clues to deduce where the big bucks are hidden. There is one hitch to play the game. It seems that some are saying that you will need IE 8 to participate in finding the cash. But in the terms it doesn’t mention this specifically.

Here are the rules:

  1. The Promoter is Microsoft Pty Ltd, 1 Epping Road, North Ryde 2113. ABN: 29 002 589 460. (Promoter)
  2. Entry is open to Australian residents aged 16 years and over only. Entrants under 18 years should seek parental permission to enter. Employees of the Promoter, and their immediate families, its retailers, suppliers and associated companies and agencies are not eligible to enter.
  3. Promotion commences at 12:00am (Sydney time) on 17 June 2009. Entries close 11:59pm (Sydney time) on 17 September 2009.
  4. To enter the competition, the entrant must follow clues released by @Tengrand_IE8 on Twitter or on (Clues URL). These clues will lead the entrant to a hidden webpage (Hidden Webpage).
  5. Upon discovery of the Hidden Webpage, the entrant must register his/her details, via the Hidden Webpage ‘Claim’ button.
  6. The first successful registration received via the hidden webpage by the Promoter will be adjudged the winner of the competition.
  7. The Clues URL and Hidden Webpage can be viewed in Internet Explorer 8.
  8. The winner will be announced at 11:00am (Sydney time) on 18 September 2009 at 1 Epping Road, North Ryde, NSW, 2113.
  9. The winner will also be notified by email on 21 September 2009.
  10. The winner will receive $AUD10,000, to be paid to the competition winner by cheque.
  11. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No responsibility is accepted for entries not received by the Promoter.
  12. If the prize is not claimed within 3 months of the email, the prize will be forfeited.
  13. The prize winner must, if required by the Promoter or the prize supplier, sign a legal release in a form determined by the Promoter in its absolute discretion.
  14. Subject to any applicable law which cannot be excluded, the Promoter and its related bodies corporate shall not be liable for any loss, (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss or loss of profits), expense, misadventure, accident, personal injury, death, damage or claim which is suffered or sustained (whether or not arising from any person’s negligence) in connection with: a. Undertaking any travel connected with the competition or improper use of the prize won;
    b. Any act or omission (whether negligent or not) of the prize winner, or any person associated with them; or c. Any circumstances outside the Promoter’s reasonable control.
  15. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entrant who the Promoter believes either has tampered with the entry process or has submitted an entry that is not in accordance with these Conditions.
  16. Details from all entries will be collected and used for the purposes of conducting this promotion (which may include disclosure to third parties for the purpose of processing and conducting the promotion) and for publicity purposes surrounding this promotion. By entering this promotion entrants consent to the use of their information as described. Entrants may access and/or change their data by following the procedures in the Promoter’s privacy policy which is available at The Promoter will only use your personal details for marketing purposes outside those described above if you “opt in” to join the mailing list when prompted.
  17. Winners will be published on by 21 September 2009.

So there you have it. Though IE 8 is mentioned, I found nothing suggesting that other browsers could not be used. What do you think? Am I missing something?

Comments welcome.


Sunken Treasure – Worth $500 Million

This morning as I was stiffing around the Internet for some hot technology news, when I stumbled onto CNN Money which had an interesting article on sunken treasure allegedly worth some $500 million biggies. I’m always watching the History channel and I always enjoy watching the searches being made for old relics buried at the bottom of the sea. Two recent presentations going back a few years had covered the locating of the midget submarines that the Japanese had employed during their attack on Pearl Harbor, which confirmed that the USS Ward had actually hit the conning tower of one of the subs and sank it prior to the airplane attack.

In the sunken treasure story, it seems that some 100 miles off the coast of Gibraltar, a treasure ship has been located in which the finders of the treasure claim it contains some $500 million in treasures which is being kept secret for obvious reasons. Even the name of the sunken ship and its exact location are being kept quiet, since it now appears that Spain is saying the treasure belongs to them. Interesting.

But what is more amazing is how the undersea search technology has improved so much in the past 20 years or so since the discovery of the Titanic, that more and more sunken treasures ship may now be found and their treasures tapped. There is new speculation that some 1,000 ship wrecks remain lurking at the bottom of the ocean. In the article it states:

That was the 2003 discovery of the S.S. Republic, a Civil War-era steamship that sank in a hurricane off the coast of Georgia in 1865. According to an SEC filing, as of the end of last year Odyssey had sold $33 million worth of coins from the Republic, and it has plenty more in its inventory.

So if you are a enthusiast of sunken artifacts from old sailing vessels, this is a good article to read.

CNN Money article is here.

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