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

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!

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.

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.

December 17, 2007

STC and the big lie

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 2:11 pm

Well, STC has done it again, after announcing free internet access in the “news” they actually charge for it. Misleading advertisement if you ask me. This is reported by a friend of mine who is at Mina right now.

Before I travel to Makkah I stc announced that they are going to provide free internet in mina in hajj , and they are going to cover all mina With wireless network . When I came to mina trying to log in to the internet a page appear asking me to enter my username and password !! I read the service help link , and I realized that I have to pay 15 SR for every hour or 50 SR for every 5 hours !!! Why they announce that its going to be free then do the opposite !

All I have to say is, you fail STC! And don’t get me started on the “smart road” thing…

December 8, 2005

STC Announces Deals for Broadband Network

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

From Arab News :

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) announced in a press conference on Monday that it will be partnering with Alcatel, Cisco Systems and Lucent Technologies to create a state-of-the-art broadband network in the Kingdom. The network will enable STC to provide an extra 250,000 DSL lines by mid 2006, covering 75 percent of Saudi Arabia.

I will believe it when I see it. Took them this long to think about improving the infrastructure!

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