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

November 1, 2009

Mobily’s site runs on outdated Apache for Windows?

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 11:07 am

Update: looking at Netcraft, the server keeps changing from WebSEAL/ Build 031024 to IBM_HTTP_Server/ Apache/2.0.47 Win32. So the Apache server must be temporary.

Mobily (second mobile carrier in Saudi Arabia and the country’s exclusive iPhone 3G/3GS provider) is using Apache/2.0.47 (Win32), an extremely outdated version of Apache! Running it on Windows is also a horrible idea!

That explains why is their site functions so slowly. Thanks (haythamkhouja, waiel and yraffah) for pointing this out!

Yousef posted a screen shot on his website, here.

March 16, 2009

STC is confused by the date

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:29 pm

Yet another annoying error on STC’s website. When trying to view a bill the STC website is confused by the date. Here’s an example: it claims that July 16th 2008 is greater (after) than Mar 16th 2009!


March 14, 2009

STC’s m3com service unstable?

Filed under: Saudi Internet — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 12:05 am

What is the deal with STC‘s m3com service? No English support, annoying interface, lots of soccer/football crap. And what’s worse: their site fails to load many times. Here’s an example:


Empty html and body tags, nothing more. Hope STC fix their websites soon!

November 8, 2008

Beware of the STC free after 5 minutes “offer”

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 11:19 pm

We talked about this before. STC’s promotion claimed free calls after the 5th minute. What they did not disclaim is that the offer ends at the 21st minute, so you are only getting 15 minutes free which is okay. But STC did NOT disclose that. Customers are in an uproar about that and are demanding a refund from STC.

Alweeam (Arabic page) is reporting about that and you can see how frustrated the customers are from the comments. STC did not comment on that situation until now. Hopefully The Communications and Information Technology Commission will do something about it as soon as possible.

November 3, 2008

STC’s free calls after 5 minutes offer is a lie

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 11:32 pm

I got an email from Waleed saying that the current offer from STC (any call longer than 5 minutes will be free, so they will only charge you the first 5 minutes) is a big lie! Apparently most calls cannot make it to the 10th minute before it gets disconnected! Whether it is deliberate or just a network overload is not known.

Do you have similar problems with this “offer”? Do you notice sudden disconnections after the 5th minute? Feel free to post a comment bellow!

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…

August 24, 2007

Saudi Net DNS fails

Filed under: General,Saudi Internet — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 2:59 pm

I “love”’s services. DSL line keeps disconnecting for no reason at all. Sometimes you don’t need a proxy server and sometimes you do! And now their DNS tables are messed up. Getting Network Error (dns_server_failure) on many websites. I just came back from a nice Eurotrip that spoiled me with the cool weather and fast Internet connection with low latency. More updates coming soon!

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