Some facts about Nic Wilson and DVDInfo-Pro

Since Nic Wilson has decided to go around the forums making outlandish claims about CDFreaks in general, and me in particular, I think it’s time to share some facts about who Nic Wilson is. I have been given permission from a certain LiteOn employee (who is the focus of these things) to share these facts. I have removed his name to prevent further damage to him at LiteOn.

Nic Wilson has a long history of lying and distorting facts to further his financial interests. He will use any means necessary to get code for his software, and frequently uses it without permission from drive makers or programmers.

In this particular instance, he attempted to get a LiteOn employee to illegally share code for several of the well-known internal LiteOn programs, and when he was denied, he reported the same LiteOn employee to LiteOn management for releasing the very tools that NicW was trying to steal.

Here are a couple of emails/PM that NicW sent to this LiteOn employee:

n icw
Author of DVDINFOPro

Registered: Jul 2003
Posts: 21
Assistance with DVDINFOPRO
Hi,

I am the author of DVDInfoPro see www.dvdinfopro.com

I would like to add parity testing into my programs error checker but as yet I have not figured out how to do it?

Are you willing to provide me with assistance with this?

I can give whatever credit you feel is necessary in the ‘credits’ section of the about box and or the documentation files.

Many users and dealers are requesting I add this feature and I have searched and searched and come up with very little so far.

(FYI dvdinfopro is written in visual c++ )

PS. Is the new + only drive planned that way or is minus missing through licensing issue? Users are also requesting that I contact liteon about adding in Bitsetting that my program can do for Ricoh and HP drives.

Secondly will Liteon support the new read_dvd_struct 11h Read ADIP command that I finally convinced Ricoh to add in so my program will be able to read media codes on blank +R media.

cheers
nicw
Brisbane Australia

And in response to a request from the LiteOn employee to help test a program:

Nic Wilson
> Bigpond To: *******@liteonit.com
> <nicw@bigpond. cc:
> net.au> Subject: Re: Bug in Kprobe and LtnFlash
>
> 2003/09/10
> 08:56 AM
>
> I am happy to test the results for you.
>
> I would like to discuss sometime how to add PI / PO error checking into
my
> dvdinfopro program and if its possible. I get tons of requests for it.
>
> cheers
> NicW

Here is the resonse from the LiteOn employee, regarding sharing of programming for error checking.:

From: <******@liteonit.com>
To: “Nic Wilson Bigpond” <nicw@bigpond.net.au>
Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 11:13 AM
Subject: Re: Bug in Kprobe and LtnFlash

>
> Dear NicW,
> I am very happy to work and share my experience with you , but I
really have
> my problem ! PI/PO error checking is confidential for LiteON . I cannot
public our
> verdor unique commands .
> I hope you can forgive me !
> Rgds,
> ******

Very soon after this, the LiteOn employee posted an internal LiteOn program on his personal FTP server. This program was never meant for public distribution, but was posted there only for his friends and associates. Because it was not a very secure FTP site, a CDFreaks member was able to get the program and posted it on the forums where many people were able to get it before it could be removed. The program was one that enabled upgrading a 401 drive to a 411 drive. I repeat that the program was never “released” to the public by this LiteOn employee, it was simply an error.
What follows is an email sent to LiteOn management by Nic Wilson:

Nic Wilson Bigpond <nicw@bigpond.net.au>
2003/10/08 08:36 AM

To: ‘name removed’@liteonit.com
cc: ‘name removed’@liteonit.com
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL

Alex,

I have discovered something that confuses and concerns me. Please treat this
email as CONFIDENTIAL.

I know you went to a lot of trouble to protect the new 411s firmware, and
you informed me that it was not possible to upgrade these old drives to the
new FS02 firmware due to the protection and I understood the reasons for
this and agreed.

I now find that Mr **** has released a new LtnFlash that does the upgrade
from 401s to 441s see here:

link removed

Are you aware of this?

Please do not mention I informed you as I want to keep my reputation intact,
but I thought you would like to know. The damage is already done though,
this file is circulating the internet.

regards
Nic Wilson

This is just one example of the sort of behind the scenes activity that Nic Wilson is well known for. In subsequant months, Nic Wilson was again and again found to be reporting the activities of various forums and members to LiteOn, virtually all of our activities here were reported to LiteOn. This resulted in many of the “hush-hush” and banned topics on the forums, and prevented a number of very usefull tools from being offered in the forums.

Nic Wilson and his friends are very fond of saying that information is free, yet he has done everything in his power to see that only he gets to decide what information is made available, and only through his own program. The reasons are obvious, Nic makes a lot of money from his software. He has publicly claimed that his program is downloaded 100,000 times per month. One does not need much imagination to see how much money he makes from the ads and “registration fees”.

This information is made public here with the consent of the source of the information. This is done purely for the purpose of informing CDFreaks members of some of the reasons for the public bickering that has gone on. The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not reflect the opinions of CDFreaks management.

Crossposting by me, so everyone can read about it.

www.cdfreaks.com introduces Spyware onto your computer which has been verified by two leading Spyware scanners.” ??? What a bullshit =)

Not unlike the adware introduced by DIP which likes to phone home.

looks like ive stumbled upon a L337 ARGuM3N7, all i can say is ive never contracted any spyware from this site, none of my old machines running IE with no spyware blockers have picked anything up either.

i shouldn’t take a side here but Liteon as a Otical drive maker who doesn’t create anything impressive lately so as people in CDfreak liteon froum who (codeguys) is truely a liteon lover who create even more business for Liteon e.g. 451 and 851 to 832s this does help people to get Liteon drive because the unlimite possibility that can upgrade the performance!! (since CD-RW)

and i don’t see anything wrong with that and even this Nic guy who email LiteOn all the time, i don’t see LiteOn care about this sort of shit his putting in lo

and DVDINFO PRO can do anything on scan ability to overtake kprobe but no stealing lo!!

therefore please this Nic guy please confirm have you really do something like this to kill liteon community??

If this is true, we should all go out of our way to boycott his products, and not respond to anyone who uses them. Has all of this been verified as legit?

Yes, people at rpc1.org can confirm this.

For the record, this kind of behaviour is not new from Nicw. Every time he
feels vexated he tries to use dvdinfopro users as weapon against those who
dared disagree with him.

In august 2004 he already used this cheap method against www.dvdplusrw.org
after he got contradicted on their forum. Out of frustration he immediately
stopped distributing the adware dvdinfopro, then later restored it with
the same kind of warning about dvdplusrw.org.

The threads are not complete because Nicw deleted some of his posts afterwards,
but one can still get the general idea :

http://www.dvdplusrw.org/cgi/forum/ikonboard.cgi?;act=ST;f=1;t=8307;st=0
http://www.dvdplusrw.org/cgi/forum/ikonboard.cgi?;act=ST;f=3;t=7876;st=0

I hereby vouch to never install this product on any PC and will actively encourage others not to either. Who’s with me?

I uninstaled dip 4 hrs ago after reading this thread. and i also have never discoverd any spyware from cdfreaks.

I would kindly ask people who would like to reply to this thread use the original thread in our media forum. This thread will be closed and made sticky for information and linking purposes.

Open thread

With respect to the spyware, perhaps this thread is of any help:
CDFreaks & Tracking Cookies + Popups