Jan 24 2012

Cellcom login information revealed – Part II

Today I’ve received a phone call from Cellcom regarding my previous post. On the other side of the line was a customer relations representative. I’ve tried to explain to her that saving a password in plain-text is not legitimate, and that showing it to everyone with access to my phone is even less legitimate.

The representative tried to persuade me that the israeli ministry of communications made them show the login information. I told her that I don’t buy it and that it is violating the first rule of security. She told me that she will send my post to the team that handles the website, so I asked her to keep me notified and that the team will contact me, but she refused.

I don’t believe that they will change it anytime soon (Maybe if a Saudian hacker will find a way to exploit it and publish all the information in their database…)

I recommend that the password you use for Cellcom’s website won’t be the same password you use for your email etc, because anyone with access to their database can access it as well as anyone with access to your phone.

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.

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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!