Posts Tagged "internet"

TheBackpackr beats The Great China Firewall!

TheBackpackr beats The Great China Firewall!
Oh well... the battle was fun while it lasted, though it didn't carry on for too long. Upon arriving in Beijing, China, I was presented with an Internet connection in my hotel that totally blocked YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Blogspot and many other sites (I wrote about it here). Sure I had heard about the issues before arriving in China, and…

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TheBackpackr vs The Great China Firewall

TheBackpackr vs The Great China Firewall
And so... I have arrived in China, and have already been warmly welcomed by The Great China Firewall. Facebook, nope. Twitter, nope. Gmail, nope. Blogspot, nope. And many other websites - all NOPE! Only Foursquare and LinkedIn work, among a few other international social media websites. It's no wonder the local Facebook / Twitter clones known as Weibo and RenRen…

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Mobile Internet on the highway

Mobile Internet on the highway
It's Chinese New Year and I'm currently enroute from my home in Kuala Lumpur to my wife's state - historical Malacca. She's driving currently as I'm "unwell", what with an annoying flu. Anyhow, I decided to try out the YES dongle that I was given during their launch and see how it fares while on the go. Thus far, it's…

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YTL Communications launches Yes 4G

YTL Communications launches Yes 4G
The Internet landscape in Malaysia has long been dominated by our national telco, TM but in recent years, competition has picked up with more players emerging on the field. Aside from the 3G spectrum that is dished out by our regular mobile companies, a 2.3GHz WiMax spectrum was awarded to 4 non-Telco companies in 2006, Bizsurf (YTL), Packet One Networks…

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Censorship of Thai websites by the police

Censorship of Thai websites by the police
Interestingly, when I was trying to update my blog and upload images, I was posed with an alert that stated "Sorry, the web site you are accessing has been closed by Royal Thai Police due to inappropriateness such as pornography, gambling or contain any information which is deemed to violate national security." Sure, I was uploading a porn photo, or…

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National Malaysian ISP gets #StreamyxSucks award

National Malaysian ISP gets #StreamyxSucks award
We have had Streamyx broadband in Malaysia since the year 2000 and it was a really big deal back then. After all, I upgraded from a 56Kbps modem to the ultra-blazing fast 384Kbps always on Internet. Fast forward to 2009, our minimum packages offered by Telekom Malaysia (oftentimes referred to as Terrorkom Malaysia) are now errr, still 384Kbps, while the…

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“Live” interview with Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili

“Live” interview with Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
Today, The Star Online hosted a "live" interview with Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili, Science, Technology and Innovation minister of Malaysia via an IRC like interface where viewers could read moderated questions posed to him and his replies.The topic was The Internet: Is speed all that matters? I was interested to see what he would have to say and how live…

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Restoring freedom of Internet and speech

Restoring freedom of Internet and speech
Today is a sad day for Malaysia. We are currently witnessing a deterioration of our government on many fronts, and this has now extended to the freedom that we Malaysians enjoy on the Internet. The problem - the government now selectively limits what site we are allowed to access and directs the Internet service providers (ISPs) to abide accordingly. As…

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