Trouble with Blackberry update – Etisalat

by Shijaz Abdulla on 13.07.2009 at 15:35

image Etisalat, a leading telecom provider in the United Arab Emirates, has stopped a “performance enhancing” patch for its Blackberry subscribers after it was discovered that the update caused excessive battery heating and drainage.

Subscribers have complained that the battery drains within an hour, after the patch has been installed.

News of the patch gone seriously wrong has made it to the front page of Gulf News. Research In Motion (the company that makes the Blackberry) did not respond to the newspaper for a comment. The carrier Etisalat has not confirmed if the fault lies with the carrier or with RIM.

Why Facebook is not blocked by Etisalat

by Shijaz Abdulla on 28.08.2008 at 07:19


In an earlier post, I mentioned how social networking sites (like Orkut) are blocked in the UAE by the ISP Etisalat.

Ever wondered why they don’t block Facebook? …probably because Etisalat advertises on Facebook!!

Google + Etisalat = Deadly combination?

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.05.2008 at 21:37

It must be something to do with the Google-Etisalat combination.

A few weeks ago I reported the Youtube security issue with Etisalat. Here are some other issues that really annoy me.


I randomly get kicked out of for no reason. They say that I’m doing “virus-like activity”. This happens randomly no matter what machine one uses, as long as he is in the UAE. Sometimes you can just get away by entering a few letters to prove that you’re actually human (CAPTCHA). Or you could use

But at some other times, you get locked out. Right now, I’m locked out of my own blog, hosted on Google’s Blogger platform!


Google is sorry. (again)

Has it ever occurred to google, that this false-positive ‘virus-like activity’ may be the reason why they detected fraudulent clicks on my Adsense ads?


How many of you in the UAE, have seen this happening to Gmail for the past few weeks?


Forget it – dont even bother to fix your browser cache – its Etisalat’s web cache – again! Following the instructions to clean your browser cache will not help.

ITP reports YouTube security issue

by Shijaz Abdulla on 23.04.2008 at 18:02

ITP today reported the YouTube security issue that this blogger wrote about on 19th April 2008. That’s 5 days after I discovered it! [That’s another reason why you should subscribe to this blog.] 🙂

ITP has confirmed my initial doubts over the cause of the issue – incorrect web caching by the ISP – Etisalat, in this case. Even thought I had written to YouTube regarding the issue, they have not responded to me till this date – neither have they responded to ITP. Etisalat had even gone to the extent of making my blog mysteriously unavailable in the UAE, the day after I posted about the problem.

Read the ITP article here.

Orkut blocked

by Shijaz Abdulla on 03.11.2007 at 17:13

I’ve just realized that Orkut is blocked inside the UAE. I don’t know why, but there’s probably a good reason as to why they blocked Orkut and Hi5, while they still allow Facebook!

I’m gonna miss scrapping my buddies!

See also: Why Facebook is not blocked by Etisalat