Nov 29

If you like Thunderbird then this is the chance for you to grab yourself a new domain for FREE!

This is what you have to do:

 

  • Download and install the popular e-mail client Thunderbird.
  • Start the client. On the first screen type in the domain you want to register and select only Gandi.net. Click “Search”:

  • From that list, click on the corresponding button showing 0.00 Eur a year.
  • Follow the instructions to register an account. YOU HAVE TO USE AN AMERICAN ADDRESS OTHERWISE IT WONT BE FREE.
  • Profit! Enjoy your brand new domain. You can now access the control panel and point it to your favourite server.
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Nov 20

So you own a blog (or some other kind of website) and you have been blocked by facebook from posting from that domain? Here goes a simple trick to minimize the impact of such problems:

First of you should contact Facebook and ask them to remove your domain from the spam list. You can do this by email, but I advise you to do it by letter because this way you probably show your motivation and real effort in correcting this issue (at least this is my opinion as I think this make things more personal).

But in the meantime here is what I think you should do:

1º buy a second domain. Since you cannot use the original domain while being blocked you are going to need to use this second domain do fool Facebook (at least until they unblock your original domain).
2º point the new domain to the very same page as the domain blocked by Facebook. Create a new VirtualHost entry and find a way of replacing all ocurrences of the original domain by the new domain name. If you are using Apache and have the mod_substitute enabled you can easily do it by adding the following block of code:


AddOutputFilterByType SUBSTITUTE text/html
Substitute "s|originaldomain\.tld|newdomain.tld|i"

3º create a set of rewrite rules as follows:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !facebookexternalhit
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !originaldomain.tld
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://originaldomain.tld/$1 [L,R=301]

Add them to your .htaccess file.

You’r all set! All you need to do now is share the links using the new domain name. For example, instead of sharing links this way:

http://originaldomain.tld/breaking-news-cancer-cure-was-found

You should share them like:

http://newdomain.tld/breaking-news-cancer-cure-was-found

And that’s it! You can now keep sharing links on facebook. Here goes a little explanation about what is being done here:

Whenever facebook marks a domain as spam the validation of further links is done using two methods:

1st – The domain is checked against a blacklist. If it is found in a blacklist then the page you are trying to share is blocked.
2nd – If the domain is not in a blacklist than all the links inside the page that you are trying to share are checked against the same blacklist. If they are found then the page is blocked.

All that the first part of this little trick does is to replace all the ocurrences of the original domain by the new domain name whenever someone opens your eebsite using the new domain, and this way, when facebook connects to your website to retrieve the description and thumbnail, it will find a simple blog that has nothing to do with the one marked as spam.
The second part of this trick is used to redirect all of your users to the original domain. Well, not all… all but facebook! (that is what the line “RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !facebookexternalhit” do) :)

So in the end, every people (except for facebook) that tries to enter your website using the new domain will be automatically redirected to the original domain.

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Jul 31

Há empresas e empresas, e no mercado dos gadgets e informática com as margens de lucro cada vez mais esmagadas, as lojas tentem diferenciar-se por um bom serviço aliado ao preço. Isto é o que deveria acontecer na teoria porque na práctica muitas vezes não acontece.

O exemplo mais recente disso aconteceu com a Pixmania. A Pixmania durante algumas horas teve uma máquina fotográfica Sony DSC-WX100 à venda por vinte e poucos euros. Os anúncios constantes de descontos até 90% espalhados pelo site davam alguma credibilidade ainda que existisse sempre a hipótese de ser um erro. Até aqui tudo bem …

Onde realmente se destacou pela negativa foi no que aconteceu a seguir. Primeiro os compradores começaram a ser notificados com uma indicação que a encomenda tinha sido devidamente “validada pelo serviço de atendimento ao cliente” e que se encontrava em espera para ser entregue. Face a estes dados e se ainda havia dúvidas sobre a veracidade desta venda, então começavam a ser dissipadas.

Acontece porém que após algum tempo, resolvem cancelar a encomenda a todos os utilizadores com o seguinte e-mail:

Exmo(a) Sr(a) XXXXXXXXXXXXX,

Efectuou uma encomenda na Pixmania.com e nós agradecemos.

Conforme o seu pedido, informamos que a sua encomenda CCLXXXXXXXXX, assim como o respectivo pagamento foram anulados.

Se escolheu o modo de pagamento online com Cartão de Crédito, não será debitado.

Ficamos à sua disposição para mais informações e esperamos vê-lo em breve no nosso site.

Com os melhores cumprimentos,

felix
James Felix
Responsável Relação Cliente

Um serviço de qualidade já mais teria validado os pedidos. Mas mesmo ignorando esse facto, tinha entrado em contacto com os clientes, pedia desculpa pelo sucedido indicando que se tinha tratado de um erro. Não é o primeiro caso que acontece, e lembro-me de ainda há uns dois ou três anos ter passado pelo mesmo com um LCD na Worten, uma PS2 na FNAC ou até mesmo mais recentemente com as garrafas de alumínio oferecidas pela TMN.

Enviar e-mails aos clientes a dizer que a encomenda foi cancelada a pedido é do mais ridículo que pode haver e demonstra uma má fé em admitir os seus próprios erros.

É a tal diferença de qualidade que pode ser vista nos serviços fornecidos pela Worten, Fnac ou TMN que está em falta de forma gritante por parte da Pixmania.

A Pixmania pode ter pontos a favor mas qualidade de serviço e pós venda não é uma delas.

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Jun 11

For the last days I’ve seen a lot of rage against origin ( and they have reasons to IMHO) due to several motives:

 

* 50€ for the premium pack is expensive (I can argue with that).

*  Some of the premium features ( like the queue priority ) are really unfair.

* There is no discount to who already bought the Back to Karkand expansion pack. This means that you have to pay for it again (by paying the full price of the premium pack).

* They are much more worried in lauching extra contents than in fixing all those bugs or even securing a game which is full of cheaters…

 

Fortunately there is a way of getting the premium pack for less that half the price. I’m not telling that you should, but rather you could. Keep in mind that I’m not even sure that this is legal according to Origin’s T&C so you are on your own if you do that.

 

Here is how you should do it:

1º Clear all your browser cookies.

2º Go to this page and search for a brasilian proxy. Configure your browser to use it.

3º Open Origin’s store and search for the premium pack. You should see it with a price tag of 49,99 Brasilian Reais (~19.5€ by today’s exchange rates).

4º Add it to shopping cart and checkout. Login using your account credentials and use a Brasilian address. You can use a friend’s address or any other. Google is your friend…

5º Use your regular credit card to pay for the order.

6º Profit!

 

 

You can now remove the proxy settings from your browser. Wait a few minutes and your profile in Battlelog should now be updated.

 

UPDATE: It seems that EA has updated the Brazillian price and now it costs twice the previous price. Fortunately you can still buy it from the Indian store at about the same price. Just repeat the steps but replace the Brazillian proxy for an Indian proxy.

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May 30

In case you’ve tried to upgrade your XBMC application using the official repositories from “team-xbmc” you may have already noticed that the rar support was disabled. This means that you won’t be able to play movies or open subtitles without extracting it first.

You have two options to fix this issue:

a) You compile the source code and enable the non free features.

b) You use a precompiled version made by someone else.

Fortunately there are good news for those who want option b.  A guy named Nathan runs a repository where you can download XBMC with these features enabled. Just add his repository to your sources list and you are ready to go.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nathan-renniewaldock

apt-get install xbmc

 

You can also manually check out his repository here.

Have fun! :-)

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Apr 19

While I was looking for the smallest Arduino available on the market I stumbled on a website from a guy called Fabio Varesano that has developed a tiny one called Femtoduino. Not only he released the schematics, but he also gave the list of components as well as the board. Thanks Fabio!

You can check all the details on the official website: http://www.varesano.net/projects/hardware/Femtoduino

Now I know that snatching a PCB this is the hardest part since they are so small that they are not easy to build at home. So I talked to a local company and I order small batches of 10 PCBs and I can ship them to you for a total cost of 10€ each (including S/H). Ordering all the components from Mouser and assembling it yourself will cost you less than 20€ which is substantially less than the price charged by the website: http://www.femtoduino.com

So, if you are interested, drop me an e-mail (or comment below). Don’t forget that if you really appreciate this project, buy Fabio a beer ( paypal: fvaresano@yahoo.it )

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Apr 19

A few days ago someone asked me if I knew any coupon to buy cheap domain names. Since I don’t recall who asked me I’m going to post here the latest coupon I’ve received in my mailbox.

 

https://www.register.com/promo/domain-to-website-v2.rcmx?trkID=SEM0iO4I3W

 

LIMITED TIME OFFER Use invitation code Reg275ne at check out to receive new .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, and .us domains for only $2.75 when you register for a one year term. Offer valid for new customers only, limited to a total of three domains. Upon expiration, all products will be renewed at the then current price.

 

This offer will expire in one day so I advise you to hurry up!

 

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Mar 15

If you run a blog you are probably one  of the people that is affected by SPAM originating in servers from a company called ubiquityservers. If you google it you will find hundreds of complaints and unfortunately it seems that people at ubiquityservers will always look the other way regarding this issue.

I have searched for all the subnets registered by ubiquityservers and here it is the results. Just open your .htaccess and add this information to it:

 

order deny,allow
deny from 70.32.32.0-70.32.32.255
deny from 69.147.236.0-69.147.236.255
deny from 64.120.2.0-64.120.2.255
deny from 173.208.32.0-173.208.39.255
deny from 64.120.16.0-64.120.19.255
deny from 173.234.12.0-173.234.15.255
deny from 23.19.32.0-23.19.35.255
deny from 173.234.88.0-173.234.89.255
deny from 108.62.56.0-108.62.63.255
deny from 173.234.80.0-173.234.83.255
deny from 23.19.168.0-23.19.171.255
deny from 70.32.34.0-70.32.34.255
deny from 174.34.151.0-174.34.151.255
deny from 174.34.144.0-174.34.145.255
deny from 173.234.180.0-173.234.183.255
deny from 64.120.4.0-64.120.7.255
deny from 173.234.188.0-173.234.188.255
deny from 108.62.192.0-108.62.195.255
deny from 108.62.152.0-108.62.159.255
deny from 23.19.80.0-23.19.83.255
deny from 23.19.84.0-23.19.87.255
deny from 108.62.200.0-108.62.203.255
deny from 108.62.252.0-108.62.255.255
deny from 23.19.124.0-23.19.127.255
deny from 23.19.128.0-23.19.131.255
deny from 23.19.248.0-23.19.251.255
deny from 23.19.184.0-23.19.187.255
deny from 23.19.216.0-23.19.219.255

# Servers @ Nobis (related to UbiquityServers)

deny from 70.32.32.0-70.32.47.255
deny from 67.201.48.0-67.201.49.255
deny from 72.37.145.0-72.37.145.255
deny from 173.208.0.0-173.208.127.255
deny from 69.174.60.0-69.174.63.255
deny from 174.34.128.0-174.34.191.255
deny from 173.234.0.0-173.234.255.255
deny from 108.62.0.0-108.62.255.255
deny from 72.37.224.0-72.37.231.255
deny from 23.19.0.0-23.19.255.255
deny from 72.37.237.0-72.37.237.255
deny from 72.37.218.0-72.37.219.255
deny from 72.37.222.0-72.37.223.255
deny from 72.37.221.0-72.37.221.255
deny from 67.201.0.0-67.201.7.255
deny from 72.37.242.0-72.37.243.255
deny from 67.201.40.0-67.201.40.255
deny from 72.37.246.0-72.37.247.255
deny from 216.6.224.0-216.6.239.255
deny from 72.37.204.0-72.37.204.255
deny from 69.147.224.0-69.147.255.255
deny from 64.120.0.0-64.120.127.255

allow from all

You can check it one by one to confirm, but these are all OK. Say goodby to UbiquitySpam :-)

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Mar 09

After several months offline I decided to implement the needed changes in order to make it work again with my current ISP.  If this is the first time you see this, I have implemented an online version of  this project.

Just check the link on the top of this website ( http://www.davidgouveia.net/android-ksoap2-stub-generator/ ). All you need to do is input the url of the wsdl that you want to generate the stub.

Have fun :-)

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Feb 27

Hello ,

Recently I bought a tablet from Volumerates.com.
I found the product I was looking for, contacted their support and they confirmed that it was the real product.
I then ordered the item, but unfortunately when it arrived there were several mistakes:

  • It wasn’t the same product. They have sent me a different product with a worse performance. The CPU is a low end one. Same with the GPU.
  •  Not only it wasn’t what I ordered, but it was also faulty. Some times it would boot up and some times it wouldn’t (the screen would go crazy like a scrambled TV channel). In addition to that the touchscreen was not completely secure to the tablet (in one edge of the screen we could almost see the insides of the tablet).
  • In addition to be faulty, I was a USED product! One of the times it did boot to Android OS it was possible to see that there were several games installed and their scoreboards were filled!


Touchscreen lifted
I have contacted Volumerates, they apologized and asked me to return the tablet to them using registered mail. I did as they told me to do and send them the invoice of the shipping costs, but they refused to give me a refund for the shipping costs I had to pay to return the tablet to them.

I told them that at least they could offer me the shipping costs (around $20USD) in credit so I could buy other things from them and still they refuse to give me any money as either credit or a direct refund. I have threatened them with a PayPal dispute and they agreed to give me 10€ in credit and asked me to drop the PayPal dispute.

In the meantime, one and a half months passed since the original order and I’ve been trying to check on the status of the tablet to try to know when I was going to have the right tablet and they kept delaying responses and avoiding talking about the tablet. The only thing they kept saying was “could you please drop de PayPal dispute?”. After a few days, I told them that if they could not get me the right tablet, they I would like a refund so I could buy it from another place, and after that they started not responding.

Last week and since they were not responding I decided to escalate the dispute to a claim and let them handle this issue and today I was surprised with an offer from VolumeRates to refund me $35USD.

So, I have spent more than $157USD and all they offer me is $35USD. Don’t you think this is a joke?

To summarize, this is what happened:

  •  O ordered a specific model of tablet. Ainol Novo7 Advanced. I have asked them to CONFIRM that it was the real model BEFORE they ship it to me. They CONFIRMED IT.
  •   I have received a tablet and it was the WRONG MODEL. It was an Ainol Novo7 BASIC.
  • Not only it was the WRONG MODEL, it was also FAULTY. Some times it would turn on and others it wouldn’t, giving me a fuzzy image (like a scrambled TV Channel). Some edges of the screen were lifted and I could see the internal parts of the screen.
  • It was a USED PRODUCT! One of the times that it turned on I could see that it was used because there were no “Welcome Screen” to configure  settings of the Android OS (Everybody who has an Android device knows what I’m talking about) and there were games installed already! And not only they were installed, but there were also some hiscores!
  • I shipped the tablet back to them using registered email. They received it but started avoiding talking about it. They didn’t want to give me a refund for the shipping costs but after I threatened them with a paypal dispute they agreed at least in giving me 10€ as credit.
  • After a while avoiding talking about the tablet they told me that they COULDN’T GET ME the ORDERED MODEL. I asked for a refund so I could buy from another place and since they stopped responding again I have escalated the PayPal dispute to a PayPal claim.
  • Today I have received a message from PayPal Resolution Center offering me a partial refund of $35USD!

Is this a joke or what?

BUT WAIT! IT GETS BETTER!

Just check it out the PayPal Email:

Dear David Gouveia,

We are in the process of investigating the following claim:

Seller’s Name: Hanas tech
Seller’s Email: volumerates@gmail.com
Seller’s Transaction ID: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Transaction Date: Dec 29, 2011
Transaction Amount: -$137.22 USD
Invoice ID: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Your Transaction ID: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Case Number: PPxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Buyer’s Transaction ID: xxxxxxxxxx

The seller has offered a partial refund in the amount of $35.00 USD.

Please log in to the Resolution Center and accept or deny this offer within
10 calendar days.

https://www.paypal.com/pt/cgi-bin/?cmd=_complaint-view-details&cid=PPxxxxxxxxxxxx

We encourage you to consider the partial refund offer thoroughly. By
accepting the seller’s offer you will be closing this case amicably. If you
deny the seller’s offer, the investigation will continue. If the case is
decided in the seller’s favor, however, you may not receive a refund at all.

Your cooperation is essential to the claims process and failure to respond
will result in automatic cancellation of your claim. Once a claim is
automatically cancelled, you forfeit the possibility of a refund.

Yours sincerely,
PayPal

———————————————————————-
Help Center:

https://www.paypal.com/pt/cgi-bin/helpweb?cmd=_help

Security Center:

https://www.paypal.com/pt/security

Please do not reply to this email because we are not monitoring this inbox.
To get in touch with us, log in to your account and click “Contact Us” at
the bottom of any page.

Copyright © 2012 PayPal. All rights reserved.

PayPal (Europe) S.à r.l.et Cie, S.C.A.
Société en Commandite par Actions
Registered office: 22-24 Boulevard Royal, L-2449 Luxemburg
RCS Luxemburg B 118 349

PayPal Email ID  xxxxxxx

 

Are they kidding me or what? Is PayPal encouraging me to let go more than $100USD for something that was not my fault? Shouldn’t they protect the ones on the right side of the reason?

 

What could possibly be the reason for them to protect VolumeRates other than the money they earn in commissions from payments?

 

 

EDIT: Today I received another email from PayPal stating that they could not confirm delivery even though I have PROVIDED the TRACKING CODE:

 

 

Hello David Gouveia,

We have concluded our investigation into the following claim:

Seller’s Name: Hanas tech
Seller’s Email: volumerates@gmail.com
Seller’s Transaction ID: 9HT97100FC7330801

Transaction Date: Dec 29, 2011
Transaction Amount: -$137.22 USD
Invoice ID: 111229GE2GI8VRS
Your Transaction ID: 5HK1958606992362T
Case Number: PP-001-646-077-481

Buyer’s Transaction ID: 5HK1958606992362T

The tracking information you provided was invalid and we were unable to
confirm delivery of the item associated with this claim. As a result, the
case is now considered closed and we are unable to process a refund.

We encourage you to work directly with the seller to find a resolution.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Protection Services Department

PayPal does not tolerate fraud or illegal activities. Your complaint has
been noted in the record of the PayPal user you reported. If we find this
user has violated our policies, we will investigate and take appropriate
action. If this occurs, you may be contacted in the future about the status
of this complaint.

To make sure future transactions proceed smoothly, we suggest you visit the
PayPal site and click the Security Center link located at the top of any
page. There you will find tips on how to avoid fraudulent sellers in the
“Fraud Prevention Tips for Buyers” section.

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you
will not receive a response. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account
and click the Help link in the top right corner of any PayPal page.

Copyright © 1999-2012 PayPal. All rights reserved.

PayPal (Europe) S.à r.l. & Cie, S.C.A.
Société en Commandite par Actions
Registered Office: 5th Floor 22-24 Boulevard Royal L-2449, Luxembourg
RCS Luxembourg B 118 349

PPID PP624

Now please tell me, how is it possible that they could not confirm the tracking code:

I even gave PayPal the opportunity to use my login/password to access the support system of VolumeRates and confirm all our exchanged messages but they prefer to look the other way and help crooks like VolumeRates.

I already contacted Mastercard and filed a fraud claim. Lets see what will happen but I’ve learn a valuable lesson:

PayPal? NEVER AGAIN. If you need any help they will only protect sellers to protect their income.

 

VolumeRates? Scammers, Crooks, Thieves of the worst kind! They will simply ignore your messages and will try to make you delay the opening of a claim until there is nothing you can do! Stick with other low cost websites like DealExtreme!

 

Edit #2 Mar, 06 2012

Today I went to my Bank and a fraud claim was filed against PayPal and VolumeRates:

They told me at the bank that it would take a week to investigate this issue. I hope this brings me good news!

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