Just following up on this.....This has been bugging me since you guys
were talking about it.
I know somebody who lives in San Jose about three blocks from where
Siliconkit's website says their offices are. They were away on vacation
and when they got back I asked them to go look in person to see what
they're all about.
There is a picture on Siliconkit's website of a very modern looking
*nice* office building with cars in the parking lot etc.
But an actual eyeball inspection of their address is very different.
It is a house. In a somewhat OK neighborhood. The lawn has died. There
is a car in the driveway that looks like it hasn't been driven in a
No signs of life. My friend is going to go back tomorrow and see if
they can find somebody at this HOUSE.
So I'm not sure what the deal is....but at a bare minimum, they have
misrepresented their office location/building on their website.
I mean it's perfectly OK to do mail order out of your home. Lots of
people doing it. But why lie about it?
On May 24, 2007, at 18:24, Steve Thomas wrote:
> I agree with Chris's warnings in general.
> siliconkit.com is the vendor I bought my WRAP parts
> from last year and everything arrived fine and on time.
> Good to be cautious with these small vendors though.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Riglin"
> To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
> Subject: RE: [m0n0wall] Prebuilt Hardware for m0n0wall
> Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 21:34:07 -0500
> Agreed. But desperate times (i.e. lack of available WRAP boards out
> call for desperate measures.
> Actually, I did check that out beforehand and www.siliconkit.com is
> redirected to the URL shown in the original message, and a WHOIS of
> domain registrant showed me a match to the company, and that it was
> registered back in October of 2001.
> Of course common sense, company background checks, customer feedback
> and due
> diligence is implied with any online transaction.
> P.S. Chris, thanks for all of your great input on this list.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Buechler [mailto:cbuechler at gmail dot com]
> Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2007 6:29 PM
> Cc: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
> Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Prebuilt Hardware for m0n0wall
> On 5/24/07, Michael Riglin wrote:
>> I recently purchased my WRAP board from here:
> I don't doubt your account or your experience with them, but that's a
> dynamic DNS name. I would *never* buy anything from any site that
> a DynDNS name. That just screams "I'm not serious about my company",
> and gives me the feeling that they may disappear tomorrow. Not that
> the same isn't possible with a registered domain, but I'd be less
> hesitant if it had one. One could even CNAME a DynDNS name to a
> registered domain, so it's not like it would even require a change in
> From the sounds of it this is a legit reseller, but I'd approach it
> with serious caution.
Richard St Clair,
Co-Founder & Internet Evangelist,
Internet Users Society Niue,
"To Provide Internet Access to Undeveloped Areas of the World"