Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

December 2, 2009

Blocked in Saudi Arabia: Rapidshare!

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: — Khaled A. @ 8:50 am

Today, Wednesday December 2nd, approximately 7 a.m. in the end of the Eid holiday. Rapidshare got blocked, more specifically rapidshare.com/files/ got blocked. The choice of time is very strange and right now this is how I am feeling:

We need to have it unblocked as soon as possible, email CITC: unblock@internet.gov.sa. Faxing is also good: +966 (1) 2639290 . And fill this unblock request form.

March 30, 2009

Blocked in Saudi Arabia: Google video search

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 4:44 pm

This is not a total block but depending on your search query then google video search is blocked. A regular google video string is usually:

video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=searchterm

Which is blocked! But moving the “hl=en” argument:

video.google.com/videosearch?q=searchterm&hl=en

Opens the result. This is most likely a blocking mistake and needs to be corrected (by unblocking of course).

Help unblock it by filling the form at internet.gov.sa, writing an email to unblock@internet.gov.sa or sending a fax to +966(1)2639290.

March 15, 2009

Blocked in Saudi: Digg.com sections

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 11:58 am

Digg is a social news website made for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet, by submitting links and stories, and voting and commenting on submitted links and stories. A section of digg: digg.com/celebrity and news under that is entirely blocked for no reason. (Digg link by bianconeri4ever).

digg-blocked

Help unblock it by filling the form at internet.gov.sa, writing an email to unblock@internet.gov.sa or sending a fax to +966(1)2639290.

Blocked in Saudi: hydroponics websites?

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 11:51 am

hydroponics: the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil. Then why are the following websites blocked?

Help unblock it by filling the form at internet.gov.sa, writing an email to unblock@internet.gov.sa or sending a fax to +966(1)2639290.

November 14, 2008

DailyMotion unblocked in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:27 am

I reported 5 months ago that dailymotion was blocked. Now I am happy to report that DailyMotion is unblocked and available!

September 26, 2008

Google Translate adds more languages, still blocked in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 5:00 pm

Google Translate added support for more languages. The added languages are: Catalan, Filipino, Hebrew, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

In Saudi Arabia, only translating text a text box is available. But trying to translate an actual website, for education purposes perhaps? And it is blocked! The blocked URL: http://translate.google.com/translate is blocked and looks like there is only reason/category for blocking sites, categorydescriptionlist=Pornography! Yes! Pornography!

As usual, help us out by filling this unblock request form!

September 2, 2008

Blocked in Saudi: An Australian ISP hosting site

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 3:22 am

One of the most frustrating things is having a full ISP blocked just because of a single questionable item. An example is the blocking of http://members.iinet.net.au/ which is a hosting service provided to the users of an internet service provider in Australia called iinet. Now I cannot view the images hosted at this blog because their images hosted here are blocked! As usual, fill this form!

July 22, 2008

Blocked in Saudi: Amazon’s Images?!

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 10:47 am

Visitors of Amazon’s European sites will notice a lack of images. The images website is – for no reason at all – blocked. The blocked URL is:

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/

This will certainly disturb any e-shoppers out there, so remember to fill this form to have it unblocked!

June 29, 2008

Blocked in Saudi Arabia: web applications site and a firefox tool?

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 11:20 am

This tool that is provided to offer importing of delicious links into Firefox 3.0. For some reason it was blocked! Here is a screenshot of this service:

The block actually extends to the main site ( http://www.e-accent.com/ ) which is a Dutch (Holland) site that offers maintenance and hosting of “Ruby on Rails” web applications.
Please fill the usual form to have it unblocked. Update: the tool was unblocked, yet the main site remains blocked for no reason.

June 18, 2008

Veoh is no longer available in SAUDI ARABIA

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 8:43 pm

This is rather odd, instead of the site being blocked in Saudi Arabia, Veoh.com is blocked for Saudi Arabia visitors. A message saying “Veoh is no longer available in SAUDI ARABIA.” with a contact form. I urge everyone to visit the site and fill the form. Update: According to this “not about saving resources but rather re-focusing those resources.”. By blocking over 160 countries!

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