Effects of SOPA on non-Americans

Few weeks ago, after small and major web sites blacked out in protest of SOPA, the US congress decided to pause it. Note, they did not throw it out completely but until they can come up with changes to make it pass. So the battle is not exactly over, even though the Internet won the first round. Those outside the US may think that American law does not affect them, but in reality it does, directly and indirectly.…

Menatelecom Website Revamp

It has been a few days since Menatelecom have revamped their website to look more like the changing times. It appears like they have opted to go for a more white theme, which is refreshing given that their red was a bit dark and in some way would look like Batelco's site if it weren't for the information being not about Batelco.

Just about everything you need is now available right on the home page: home and business packages, new products and services, support, downloads and a speed test facility.…

Review: BurstNET VPS Hosting

I thought I would leave a review about my previous host (BurstNET) which hosted this website reliably for just under a year (from last December till the mid of this month, November). BurstNET provide a wide variety of services, however their most popular services are dedicated servers and virtual private servers (VPS). They are a well known, budget provider in the hosting market, running since the 90s. Many are put off by their website design, but don't judge a book by its cover!…

Aramex Launches Online Payment

Great news for those out there that use Aramex’s Shop and Ship service. Actually two bits of news. Firstly, they have moved away from their old URL (http://www.aramex.com/shopandship) to a more meaningful one (http://www.shopandship.com), not to mention a brand new look and design.

The other good news is that they have launched an online payment service where you can pay for the shipments you get from your US and/or UK boxes.…

SEA-ME-WE 4 Damaged…

The Middle East is known for many things, just a few off the top of my head: wars, oil, riches and heat. I guess I should now add one more to the list, the most disconnected region!

Apparently one of the most important cable in the region, SEA-ME-WE 4 that accounts for around 89% of traffic, suffered a shunt fault somewhere around Italy. This happened around the 15th of April. The Internet around here has been slow as hell (depending on the ISP… and the time of the day), packets are getting lost like a primitive post office.…