In a current post to the Aptiquant web site it says, “My name is Tarandeep Gill. I am a computer programmer/web developer/entrepreneur. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.”
“I worked briefly before quitting my job to work on my startup, which is a comparison shopping website. I take 100% responsibility for this hoax.”
The prank which is already becoming bothersome, had a message, but one that we think did not need to be told.
Adds Gill, causing us to speculate whether he stays on top of news the browser and Microsoft’s plans for it, “The main purpose behind this hoax was to create awareness about the incompatibilities of IE6 and how it is pulling back innovation. So, if you are still using IE6, please update to a newer browser.”
“We got this idea when adding some features to our comparison shopping website; we found out that IE6 was highly incompatible with web standards. IE 7.0 and 8.0, though better than 6.0 are still incompatible with not only with the standards, but with each other too.”
It perhaps is worth mentioning that during his explanations concerning the unselfish act, Gill repeatedly mentions his shopping comparison web site, the name of which we have forgotten.
What this escapade has produced, other than the tired yawns of the internet, is the attention of Central Test, the firm from which Gill made use of a lot of his web site content.
He added, “Apologies to Central Test for copying their material, we are in the process of removing it ASAP,” it may be too late.
Central Test is not amazed with the prank and has said that it is reserving its rights to pursue legal action against the firm.
It said in a statement, “Central Test noticed the fraudulent use of its identity by AptiQuant, a Canadian company and deny any direct or indirect link with the above mentioned company. Central Test, as a qualified online psychometric test publisher, also declines to be the source or the author of the study published on the ‘Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Browser Usage’.”
“Central Test is investigating the issue and we reserve any rights to pursue legal action against AptiQuant, or whoever is behind this.”