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

June 14, 2008

Blocked in Saudi: Amazon.com oh wait, its just tinyurl.com

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 12:27 am

While following this link from Amazon’s homepage. It somehow directs me to the blocked page. Looking through the URL we see this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html/ref=amb_link_6695222_2? location=http://tinyurl.com/4d52v9& token=99A753FC8CD50881C10623D5E99A4B33FA86F3EE& pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=right-4& pf_rd_r=03F76YT47YM9WV0RZBRM&pf_rd_t=101& pf_rd_p=385233201&pf_rd_i=507846

A perfectly legitimate use of tinyurl.com‘s service which is made by Amazon, the leading online e-commerce website. Take your time and post the long url in this unblock request form as well.

June 10, 2008

Blocked in Saudi: Dailymotion.com

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 1:37 pm

Dailymotion is another video website that was not-blocked until this week. No reasons for the block was given, Dailymotion’s own terms of service prohibit sexual content.

As usual, go and fill this form to help unblock it. Also email them at unblock@internet.gov.sa and fax if you can +966 (1) 2639290.

Update: dailymotion.com is no longer blocked in Saudi Arabia.

May 4, 2008

Blocked in Saudi: Vimeo video service

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 10:41 am

The online video site, Vimeo, was blocked by for over a month now by Internet.gov.sa. This is an excerpt from Vimeo’s Wikipedia page:

Vimeo allows only user-created videos, of a “friends and family” nature. No pornography, TV shows, music videos, movies or anything not created by the user can be uploaded.

As usual, you can help by filling the unblock request form here. And use that quote above regarding Vimeo’s policy regarding pornography.

February 4, 2008

Cable Cutters and Flickr blockage

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 11:13 am

I am sure you know about the damage Internet cables which made this week a very very SLOW week for me. And reports of 4 cables damaged in total, bad cables or some conspiracy? Who knows. What about flickr, for some reason, this photo is blocked (it is the photo of an iPhone after being crushed by a Semi!) and after further investigations I found that the user is blocked. I found nothing worth blocking so I hope it gets unblocked soon. Help out by filling the unblock form.

January 1, 2008

Blocked in Saudi: Blogspot images

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:19 pm

Google’s Blogspot service offers free blog hosting and management. The annoying thing is that images there are blocked for no reason. Another one of those “Block everything because of a few bad things”. For example, this post from the Google Operating System blog, an unofficial Google blog, this image is blocked for no reason. And so is every file on http://bp0.blogger.com/ server! Make sure to fill the form and let’s hope it gets unblocked soon. Update: It seems only one server (bp0) is blocked, this image on bp3 is not blocked for example.

Update: Good news everyone, this has been unblocked!

December 23, 2007

Squidoo.com blocked in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 12:58 am

For no known reason, Squidoo.com is blocked. I would urge everyone to go to this form and fill it so we can get it unblocked as soon as possible. As for what to type in the reason for unblock, you could use the following sentence taken from Wikipedia:

Squidoo is a website designed to make it easy for anyone, for free, to set up a single page on a topic he or she knows or cares a lot about. Advertising revenue is shared with these content creators, and some of it is given to charity. Squidoo was launched in October 2005 by Squidoo.com, LLC based in Irvington, New York; the site came out of beta testing in March 2006.

According to the block page URL, categorydescriptionlist = Pornography! I really can’t comment on that. Lets hope it gets unblocked soon!

Update: Still blocked as of this day May 4th 2008.

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