Jan 24 2012

Why you shouldn’t use “Uploading.com”

As some of you may know, I’ve been using the Uploading.com service for storing files for a while now. That’s the way I’ve been sharing my lecture notes, and other files that you can find in my blog.

I’ve used this service because for every download from Uploading.com, they promise to pay you 0.2 cents (or more depending on the file size). Why do they claim to pay users? Because they believe that every download increase the chance that someone will buy a premium account. If 1 out of every 1000 downloads does buy a premium account, they will still gain money.

Suddenly, out of the blue, the entire affiliate program vanished from their site. And all my earnings gone with it as well (I didn’t reach the minimum limit for withdraw yet).

When I’ve opened a ticket to the support team, They told me that they’ve decided to freeze the affiliate program for now (at least for 90 days). If you ask me, I don’t believe it will ever be back, and even if it does, when will they decide to take it down again is totally up to them.

I didn’t receive any email from them notifying me about the change. They did write something on the subject less than 24 hours before the change, but who checks it everyday?

That’s why I’m leaving their service, I don’t believe I’ll keep working with them and making my visitors wait 45 seconds for no good reason. I hope every user they have will do the same thing I did. Changing the terms and conditions without any warning is just not cool.

Jan 23 2012

Small tip for Hebrew LyX users – Stop the Gibberish

Are you using LyX with Hebrew?

Isn’t it annoying that when CAPSLOCK is on the entire text goes Gibberish?

The problem lays in the fact that by default some of the capital letters are mapped to the hebrew Niqqud characters. There for, when you type ‘S’ for example you will get a Dagesh.

How to solve it? Just edit: “C:\Program Files\LyX20\Resources\kbd\hebrew.kmap” (replace “C:\Program Files\LyX20\” with your installation folder) and comment all the lines (using # as comment) below the line:

# Hebrew points (nikud)

Restart LyX and we are done!

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Jan 19 2012

Cellcom login information revealed

Cellcom is a large cellular provider operating in Israel, but as it seems not a very secured one.

Today I went to one of Cellcom’s stores in order to upgrade myself to a brand new iPhone 4Gs (16GB). At first, the guy behind the counter told me that the price for the device is 3207.2 NIS before VAT (I’m a “business customer”). When I told him I wanted to pay using credit card he replied that I will need to pay 400 NIS more! The original price is only available for cash customers (I am really considering coming there tomorrow with a bag full of coins and watch them count…)

Anyway, while arguing, I wanted to check their website and see information about devices. I’ve launched Safari on my current iPhone, and surfed to “www.cellcom.co.il”. As expected, they have a completely different version for the website when you are surfing from a mobile device. I couldn’t find any information about devices nor prices, But I did find something else.

When I first opened their website I saw the following screen:

Cellcom Login Details

Translation: Your username is: … Your password is: …

Needless to say, that the information wasn’t censored on my phone. And just below this information box, was a login box asking me for username and password (yes, the same information they just gave me) inorder to login to my Cellcom profile.

It’s bad enough that they are saving my password in plain text, but inorder to make it even worse, they are displaying it to everyone who can get a hold on my phone.

When I got home and logged-in to Cellcom’s website from my PC, I saw that I can display my last invoice and even install/remove features on my line such as voice-mail, conference call, etc. There is even a phonebook on site, but in my case it was empty (I think it has something to do with a phonebook-backup-service Cellcom is offering, But I’m not sure).

So, If you are a Cellcom owner, And got a smartphone, just go to www.cellcom.co.il and see for yourself. And I don’t recommend you to give your phone to anyone who you don’t completely trust with access to your Cellcom’s login information.

No Cellcom, that doesn’t count as security. In fact, It’s the complete opposite!