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Ali Ebrahim on web standards, software developement, technology, politics and law.



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ITS Broadcast App for Android and Privacy Implications

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 05:03:24 +0000

There is a lot of buzz about the new ITS Broadcast Android app, which upon debut has received hundreds of 5-star reviews. I don’t have an Android phone so I won’t comment on the app features or lack thereof, but from my understanding this is a tool that ITS wants to use to broadcast messages … Continue reading "ITS Broadcast App for Android and Privacy Implications"

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Apple Maps Data Sources

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:04:01 +0000

The Apple Maps fiasco on iOS 6 needs no introduction, but it’s of interest to note that the data sources that Apple pulls map data from differ not only based on the location being viewed, but also based on where the user is viewing the data from (I don’t know how widely known this is). … Continue reading "Apple Maps Data Sources"

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HK High Court rules that Domesic Helpers can gain PR

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:41:29 +0000

Hong Kong’s High Court has ruled that foreign domestic helpers can become Permanent Residents of Hong Kong, after staying here for 7 years. This, no doubt will be appealed to the Court of Final Appeal, and possibly even the National People’s Congress, thereby causing yet another constitutional crisis. However, I honestly can’t think of a … Continue reading "HK High Court rules that Domesic Helpers can gain PR"

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Hong Kong should explain the aim of National Education

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 05:06:59 +0000

In today’s South China Morning Post, my letter appeared, the text of which is reproduced below: Explain aim of national education With the heated debate regarding the government’s proposed national education curriculum, too many people are jumping to knee-jerk conclusions without really understanding what shape a national education programme might take. Indeed, the government prematurely … Continue reading "Hong Kong should explain the aim of National Education"

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Crack down on telemarketers

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 02:48:09 +0000

In today’s South China Morning Post, a letter of mine appeared in the Letters section (page A12), the text of which is reproduced below (with some links added, for easy reference): Crack down on telemarketers Today, with so many different channels of communication, we are deluged with unwanted marketing. I wholeheartedly welcome the news that … Continue reading "Crack down on telemarketers"

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Google Apps – Panacea or Headache?

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 03:09:01 +0000

The email on ebrahim.org is currently hosted on pair Networks, a great webhost, but one whose email solutions are lacking in flexibility. I want to move to a solution where I can sync Email/Contacts/Calendar over multiple devices, for a domain with 7 mailboxes. I’m considering two options: Rackspace Pros: Has all the features I’d ever … Continue reading "Google Apps – Panacea or Headache?"

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What to do with an old laptop?

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 08:41:39 +0000

Пост доступен на русском языке via Восстановление на Softdroid: Как вернуть к работе старый ноутбук. After five long years using my trusted (and now extremely out of date) laptop, I’ve finally moved along to something better. Old Laptop Dell Latitude D610, Intel Pentium-M 750 (1.86GHz), 2GB RAM, 60GB HDD (using Truecrypt software FDE), 14.1″ 1400×1050 … Continue reading "What to do with an old laptop?"

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What’s your PAN? Anybody can find out!

Wed, 12 May 2010 10:29:35 +0000

Glossary for non-Indian readers: PAN – Permanent Account Number The geniuses at the Income Tax Department in India have set up a website called: Know Your PAN In reality, it should be called Know Anybody’s PAN because that’s what you’re able to do, as long as you know their last name and birthdate, neither of … Continue reading "What’s your PAN? Anybody can find out!"

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UK Government says “No Evidence” IE is Less Secure

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 04:00:09 +0000

A couple days ago I had mentioned that Lord Avebury had asked the UK Government about their usage of IE. The UK Government has now answered and I am reproducing the full text of the question and answer below: Asked by Lord Avebury To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the … Continue reading "UK Government says “No Evidence” IE is Less Secure"

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Lord Avebury asks UK Government to review use of IE in the Public Sector

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:32:07 +0000

Lord Avebury (blog, bio) has tabled a written question in the United Kingdom House of Lords yesterday, which reads as under: Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent announcement by Microsoft that Internet Explorer was used to carry out the cyber attacks which prompted Google to say it … Continue reading "Lord Avebury asks UK Government to review use of IE in the Public Sector"

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