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Letting your HTTPS Certficate expire ...

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  • Ian2

    .... Priceless.


    Out of interest how many people have worked somewhere and seen this happen?

    +1 (Not MS in my case but won't embarrass them by naming)

  • GoddersUK

    @Ian2: I once came across this on my bank's website (HSBC). They really should know better.

  • OrigamiCar

    It's pretty bad - worst thing is that apparently it has affected TFS online as that uses Azure at its backend. Fortunately for us, we're still in the 'R&D' process to TFS online and we're not yet live with anything that's critical, but that would have been bad if we were fully live and unable to do checkins or builds. I think someone at Microsoft is going to be in trouble for something so critical and stupidly missed...

    Wasn't it Microsoft who quite a number years ago let one of their big domain names expire? If I remember it correctly I think it was or something. In the end a customer/developer re-registered it and pointed the DNS entries to the Microsoft server so it could be brought back up as it happened in the middle of the night and he couldn't get in touch with anyone at Microsoft. Might not have all those details right, but I seem to remember reading about it at the time.

    Edit - yup, seems my memory is correct about this:

  • FuncOfT

    This happened last year as well, but it was the management portal! Unbelievable!

  • DeathBy​VisualStudio

    @OrigamiCar: I sure hope this isn't where Microsoft left it:

    Chaney said Microsoft has yet to contact him to thank him for his actions or to offer to reimburse the $35 registration fee.

    If we all believed in unicorns and fairies the world would be a better place.
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  • GoddersUK


    On January 15, 2000, I received the check from Microsoft for $500, in addition to a new copy of Visual Studio 6.0


  • DeathBy​VisualStudio

    @GoddersUK: Awesome. That was a much better way to end that drama. They should have tried to flip 'em though; give him a whopping Windows dev box with a lifetime subscription to MSDN.

    Darrin seems like quite a decent human being:

    I put the check  up on ebay to raise money for charity.  

    Latest news is: as of January 27, 2000, at 11:37 CST, the auction is finished, and the check goes to John at Northern Development Group.  He plans on giving the money to the Sisters of the Road Cafe, a Portland, Oregon charity which provides meals to poor and homeless people.  Pretty cool!

    If we all believed in unicorns and fairies the world would be a better place.
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