Archive for December, 2010

It’s been about 8 months since I stopped using paypal, the reason, sorry they don’t need a reason for freezing your account, there were so many horror stories linked to paypal, and recently the cases have just sky-rocketed, so decided to put up a blog post to beware users using Paypal (aka. the devil themselves) for your online transaction, just why freely give up your hard earned money to this Online thieves.

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First let’s hear from there own words, According to PayPal accepting their ToS (Terms of Service) in effect means you waive your rights to credit card consumer protection laws if you want to use their service, and that you may not issue a chargeback for unauthorized use of your credit card and PayPal account, or if you do, then they have the right to limit your account. Is this legal?

Their terms of service are not completely disclosed upon signup and some key “conditions” are not disclosed. They fail to mention their total lack of security to prevent your account from being compromised by phishing & spoof sites. That if your account is accessed by a criminal using one of these methods, PayPal will hold YOU monetarily & legally responsible! Also, no place do they openly tell potential members that their money is 100% at risk. That PayPal can, will, and has in the past, completely cleaned out customers’ accounts, (including your checking or savings account) with no appeals process available. Instead they bury in the fine print of 37 pages of their “Terms of Service” (ToS) where they disclose to you that PayPal can close your account for any reason what-so-ever, or no reason, and then you have to wait 180 days to get your money. Think that’ll never happen?

If you want to complain about it, Paypal seems more than happy to give you the run around with Terrible Customer Service including extra long hold times, delays, and dead-end auto-responder e-mails, Their customer service is horrible. They used to hide their telephone number, (intentionally – by their own admission) and only provided support via “form” emails, Just try it yourself.

This is the general spam mail you get from them “Thank you for contacting PayPal. We apologize for the delay in respondingto your service request. After review, the decision has been made to keep your account limited. This decision cannot be appealed. If you have any further questions, please reply to this email. ”

About horror story just try “Paypal sucks” on google or Youtube you are dreaded with videos which you can watch your entire life,, here is sample one with a actual conversation with paypal customer suppoer, they accept cheating is the way they do the Business:

There are multiple sites spurted up bewaring people of paypal a few of them are http://www.paypalsucks.com/ & http://www.aboutpaypal.org/ & http://www.screw-paypal.com/ & http://www.paypalwarning.com & the list never ends again…

In conclusion, PayPal looks great…until they freeze you for no reason, no one to blame because they are private entity and don’t come with any banking or federal regulations at all,, PayPal earns MILLIONS of dollars in interest from your frozen funds. Paypal is the biggest SCAM the online world has ever seen yet they run there business like King. The Biggest Joke being using paypal with Ebay, be careful you may not only loose your amount using paypal but also may never get your product either, Feel free to visit the sites above and get to know shocking information about paypal yourself, its time to stand up to crooks operating like this, if you have horror story comment them here so everyone is aware of it and they save there hard earned money..

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Ever wondered which are the most expensive Web domains ever sold?
Domains for which companies have paid in millions for ownership. Little, surprisingly the list mirrors what attracts maximum traffic on the World Wide Web. Read on to know the WWW’s priciest domains.

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Sex.com

I know this is a U rates blog, but sometime sex sells we all know that, the world’s priciest domain little surprising is sex.com. An offshore holding company recently bought sex.com for $13 million. Clover Holdings Limited, based on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, made the top offer for Sex.com Internet domain name that Escom LLC is being forced to sell due to bankruptcy, according to court documents.
Attorneys representing Escom are asking a California bankruptcy court to approve Clover as the winning bidder and clear the way for the Sex.com deal to be consummated and domain-name trading platform Sedo to get its commissions. The world’s “most valuable” Internet domain name, sex.com, went up for grabs in July of this year after US-based Escom filed for bankruptcy. Escom is reported to have bought the domain name for from 12 million to 14 million dollars in 2006.

Fund.com

Another domain which got big bucks is Fund.com, Fund.com Inc. has uniquely positioned itself at the center of the pooled investment solutions arena, for both the mass and institutional markets, The domain was reportedly bought for $9.99 million in 2008.

Porn.com

In May 2007 Porn.com Web domain was sold for $9.5 million cash. In an announcement, domain name registrar and reseller Moniker.com said that Porn.com was bought by Detroit-based MXN Ltd, an Internet media and investment business. MXN is affiliated with Downloadpass.com, an adult movie download site and Pimproll.com, an adult Web site promotion company.

Business.com

Business.com was purchased for $7.5 million in 1999. According, Telegraph, “Business search engine and web directory founded in 1999 by Jake Winebaum, a previous chairman of the Walt Disney Internet Group, and Sky Dayton, founder of Earthlink. In July 2007 business.com, the company, was sold to Yellow Pages publisher RH Donnelly for $345 million.”

Diamond.com

Ice.com purchased ‘Diamond.com’ for a reported $7.5 million in 2006 from Odimo Inc. Ice.com is an online diamond and jewelry retailer

Beer.com

Beer.com was sold for $7 million in 2004. William Fisher, a Web developer from Colorado was the first owner of beer.com domain in 1993 which he sold to generic domain name developer InterneRealEstate.com in 1999 for only $80,000 where Fisher was having 20% stake in the domain name. Later, one of the world’s largest beer company Belgium-based Interbrew bought this domain name for $7.5 million.

Israel.com

The domain Israel.com was bought by Jewish American Joel Noel Friedman in 1994. Friedman is believed to have bought the site as he feared it could be misused by someone else. The site gave general tourist information about Israel and its heritage. In 2008, he sold the site for $5.88 million. The identity of the new owner was not revealed.

Casino.com

The domain was sold in the year 2003 for a price of $5.5 million. The identity of the new owner was not revealed.

Toys.com

In 2009, retailer Toys ‘R Us purchased Toys.com for $5.1 million. ToysRUs beat National A-1, in a hotly-contested auction. Toys.com auction was held after the recent meltdown of The Parent Company. The Parent Company filed for bankruptcy in December 2008 in the US.

Vodka.com

Russian billionaire Roustam Tariko paid $3 million to acquire the vodka.com domain. Tariko’ Russian Standard Co conglomerate bought the domain primary to increase its prsence in the US market. Russian Standard Co controls large part of the sales of premium vodka in Russia and owns Russian Standard Bank. Vodka.com’s price tag is among the highest ever revealed for a generic Web domain.

In the next week Post I will tell you all about how to determine the price to sell your domain name, so keep tuned in..

Recently, websites of several global corporations have been at the recieving end of hacker attacks. WikiLeak ‘supporters’ are said to be plotting attacks on perceived enemies of the publisher, which has angered US authorities by releasing details of 250,000 confidential diplomatic cables. Websites of credit-card giants MasterCard and Visa were attacked by so-called WikiLeak supporters retaliating attempts to block the website. Using distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, hundreds of cyber activists joined forces and temporarily disabled computer servers by bombarding them with requests.

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So in this week post let we see how these cyber activists / ‘hackers’ bring down a website:

Have you heard everyone as a “Weapon of Choice”, even hackers too and it’s simply called “LOIC“, This weapon of choice is a piece of software named a “Low Orbit Ion Cannon” (LOIC) which was developed to help Internet security experts test the vulnerability of a website to a DDoS attack. The LOIC is available for download on the Internet.

The LOIC can be controlled centrally by an administrator in an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel, a type of computer chat room, which can seize control of a network of computers whose combined power is used in a DDoS attack.

The attack is aimed at the target website and when the LOICs are activated they flood the website with a deluge of data requests at the same time. The DDoS attack prevents the overloaded server from responding to legitimate requests and slows down the website to a crawl or shuts it down totally. The attacks are coordinated in the IRC channel. During a recent attack around 3,000 people were active on the channel at one stage.

The current situation has some historical parallels to a decade ago, when, in February, 2000, several of the biggest US ecommerce and media sites came under attack in denial-of-service attacks. Targets included Amazon.com, eBay, E-Trade, Buy.com and CNN, the news site.

The ecommerce sites endured substantial losses during the outages, at a time when the Internet shopping phenomenon remained in its infancy.

The above video was delivered by aliencode of a group of Internet activists calling themselves Operation Payback have taken credit for shutting down the website of a bank that earlier Monday froze funds belonging to WikiLeaks. Announcing its successful hack on a Twitter account, the group declared, “We will fire at anyone that tries to censor WikiLeaks.” Operation Payback also promised a hack attack on PayPal, the online payment service that last week cut off WikiLeaks, denying the group a major tool for collecting donations from supporters. A lot to come on this going forward, who knows which other major corporations are next in line, time will take us there…

Mobile Web browsers are fast catching up with their desktop counterparts in terms of functionality and features. Until a few years ago, internet access on the cellphone mainly meant being able to chat or send and receive e-mail on your handset. Yes, you could browse the Web on your phone as well, but screens were small and the browser – the software that let you access websites – was not really designed to let you see websites in all their glory, but instead showed you watered down “mobile-friendly ” versions of the originals.

All that changed with the arrival of the iPhone with its powerful Safari browser. This not only signalled an era of larger phone screens, but also positioned the handset as a device that was as capable of browsing the Web as a computer. The iPhone’s popularity led to not only more touchscreen devices (which is another story altogether), but also spurred a significant improvement in cellphone browsers. Prior to the iPhone, browsers like Opera Mini had managed to deliver a decent browsing experience on handsets, but had often been hampered by relatively small (2 or 2.2 inch) displays.

All this has now changed and the first thing that many users do when they get a cellphone is often to download a new browser to be able to surf their favourite websites with minimum fuss – ironically, the default browsers in most smartphones (barring the iPhone and Android devices) still remain on the weaker side. Here, then are some of the mobile browsing options available for those wanting a slice of the Web on their phones:

Opera Mini

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It can claim credit to having started the mobile browsing phenomenon when it allowed users to access desktop versions of websites on their handsets as far back as in 2005. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength and now even comes pre-installed on many handsets. One of the reasons Opera Mini works so well is that it uses a server to compress Web pages and then sends them to a handset – this can wreck havoc with images, but more often than not provides a very quick browsing experience, even on relatively slow connections.

Recent years have seen additions like tabbed browsing, an icon-driven interface, the ability to share bookmarks with desktop browsers, and support for just about every phone (including the iPhone) in town being added. All of which make it the best mobile browsing option on a handset to this day, notwithstanding the absence of support for Flash websites. In fact, it is so good that it has overshadowed and at times even cannibalised a sister product, Opera Mobile, which provides similar functionality, but runs totally off the phone and does not access pages through a server!

Available on http://www.m.opera.com

Bolt

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It is a relative newcomer to the world of mobile browsers, but Bolt has already started making a name for itself with its extremely fast browsing and the fact that it allows users to access streaming Flash websites like YouTube and MySpace. Bolt also lets you use Web applications like Google Docs and games like Mafia Wars, all with minimum loss of formatting. There is also a widget platform for those who would like to access sites without the fuss of typing out URLs (never an easy task on handsets).

Top that off with the fact that the browser runs on any handset that runs Java (it does not run on the iPhone and while Android versions are being tested out, it is not on the Android Market) and you can see why the browser is gaining so much popularity. It still loses out to Opera Mini in terms of sheer speed and stability though.

Available on http://www.boltbrowser.com

SkyFire

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There are many who complain about its (lack of) speed, its tendency to shut down abruptly at times and its less-than-intuitive interface. But all said and done, Skyfire has made a name for itself as being, perhaps, one of the most powerful browsers to run on a cellphone. It is one of the few browsers that lets you access a number of Flash sites without too many hassles (there’s even a workaround for this on the iPhone which does not support flash) and gives near desktop-style performance for almost all websites on most popular smartphone platforms.

What holds it back from cellphone browser domination is its tendency to be buggy and the fact that it is a bit of a resource hog – it can really slow your phone down sometimes. For this reason, it works best on devices with a little more power under the hood.

Available on http://www.skyfire.com

Dolphin HD

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There are many who will frown at the need for getting a third-party browser on an Android handset, which generally has a version of Google’s mobile Chrome running on it. It, therefore, speaks volumes of just how good Dolphin is, that many consider it a must-have application for Android users. Apart from handling Flash and HTML 5 sites very well, it also brings in the convenience of gestures, letting you access websites by just drawing a shape on the screen.

For example, you can assign the letter ‘F’ to access Facebook. Draw the shape on the screen and you’ll instantly be taken to that site. There are also various addons and extensions available; a password manager and screen capture to add further functionality to the browser, if need be. For example, it also supports downloading of YouTube videos. A pity it is available only for Android devices running software version 2.0 or later.

Available on Android Market

Firefox Mobile

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Do not get fooled by the name. The mobile version of Firefox has, so far, failed to match the performance (and hence, popularity) of its desktop counterpart. While it does offer a fair bit such as support for HTML 5 and add-ons, it has been found wanting in several departments, most notably those of speed and stability. When it does work, though, it works very well indeed. Alas, it has been a work in progress rather than the finished article for way too long. So far, it is available only for Android and Maemo devices.

Available on http://www.mozilla.com/en-US /mobile

iCab Mobile

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For many iPhone fanatics, downloading an additional browser when they have the superb Safari broswer pre-loaded on the device seems like a waste of time. However, iCab Mobile has emerged as one of the main challengers to Safari on the iPhone, just as it continues to be one of its rivals on the Mac OS platform.

iCab Mobile brings tabbed browsing, three finger scrolling, and most interestingly, a download manager that can not just be opened by apps on the iPhone, but can also be transferred to a computer. The built-in search function can be extended by adding more search engines, just like a browser on a PC. It also has some unique features like filters to block ads or other unwanted elements on a webpage. One of the two browsers in this feature to come with a price tag ($1.99), but in terms of performance, iCab is one of the best we have seen.

Available on Apple App Store

Xscope

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Xscope is not just a Web browser for Android devices; it also functions as a task killer (to help close apps running in the background) and as a file manager. You can long press on a link or an image for additional options like downloading. It is noticeably faster in rendering pages as compared to the default Android browser. Additionally, tabbed browsing is possible, and you can switch between tabs by simply swiping left or right on the tabs toolbar. Like Dolphin HD, Xscope also allows you to download YouTube clips for later viewing.

Other features include pinch-to-zoom, various customised skins and URL sharing. You can share the link to any website you visit using G-mail, Facebook or SMS; just long press on the URL bar and the sharing options come up. The latest version only works on devices running Android 2.1 or later. It is priced at $2.99 on the Android App Market, but there is a free, lite version available too. The lite version has all the browser features, but omits the task killer and file manager.

Available on Android Market

UCWEB

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If you are using two or more email account of Google or Yahoo then doing it from one browser could be more hectic as it is little difficult to type username and password from mobile key pad . So, Lets move towards our second option, UCWEB. Its well and good browser which have option to resume download if it fails due to any reason. Beside that it provides convenient way to copy and paste any urls or contents. Most reliable function of UCWEB is its tabbed browsing which allows you view separate websites at one time unlike opera mini.

Available @ http://www.uc.cn/English

Mobile Safari

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On January 9, 2007, at Macworld SF, Jobs announced Apple’s iPhone, which would use a mobile version of the Safari browser. Display rich websites like YouTube, zoom feature, excellent touch-based user interface. The iPhone was formally released on June 29, 2007. It includes a version of Safari based on the same WebKit rendering engine as the desktop version, but with a modified feature set better suited for a mobile device. Apple surprised everyone by approving the Opera Mini web browser for the iPhone and iPod touch, bringing one of the most popular mobile browsers to the most popular smartphone.

Available on iPhone platform.

Blazer

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Blazer is a web browser available for Palm handhelds running Palm OS 3.1 or higher with 8MB of free memory available. The original version of Blazer was developed by Bluelark Systems and was released in November 2000. Bluelark Systems was acquired by Handspring a month later. Has all Standard browser features, Video is streamed via the Kinoma Video Player. It supports many formats, including Windows Media. Blazer does not support Adobe Flash Player – meaning you cannot view popular videos on sites such as ESPN or YouTube. This issue has never been addressed by Palm.

Available Free with Palm OS