PhotonVPS / YardVPS Misleading Marketing Gimmick

We see misleading marketing gimmicks everyday when we visit the superstore where false advertisement and sel-proclaimed-number-one is common but if thats coming from a reputable (so-called) company, its somewhat a underwhelming gesture.

PhotonVPS posted this advertisement on WHT

PhotonVPS / YardVPS Advertisement on WebHostingTalk.com

PhotonVPS / YardVPS Advertisement on WebHostingTalk.com

It seemed nice and I wanted to post this offer on Low End Box, being a writer there but when I tested out the code, it turned out to be another marketing gimmick. I am beginning to think that the mostly negative reviews on Low End Box’s past PhotonVPS / YardVPS offers may be right.

PhotonVPS / YardVPS Marketing Gimmick

PhotonVPS / YardVPS Marketing Gimmick

EasyPaisa Pakistan website showing SQL query

Go to EasyPaisa Pakistan and go to EasyPaisa Shop –> Find an Easypaisa Merchant and once you are there, search for something and hit “Submit”

Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search form

Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search form

On the new page with listing, select Control+A or highlight the page with a mouse to see a “debug info” SQL query right there in white text. I really do wish someone does not use the info to plan an SQL injunction

Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search results with SQL query shown on page

Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search results with SQL query shown on page

FULL VIEW - Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search results with SQL query shown on page

FULL VIEW - Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search results with SQL query shown on page

HostDime takes over VPSLatch.net

Update (01-April-2011): I contacted HostDime to ask for an offer that Adam accepted some months ago AND I was going to purchase that in June this year. HostDime staff was pretty professional to go through the tickets and offer me the same (right now OR when I later come and give reference to the ticket number with HostDime …. SOLID OFFER I must say)

VPSLatch acquired by HostDime

Not an April Fool joke …

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ThrustVPS (A Review, Summary – STAY AWAY from them)

I signed up with ThrustVPS on Jul 27, 2010. Sounded like a good company although I read a lot of bad review about Rus Foster who is now leading this new venture previously known as DamnVPS. There were lots of issues in the start and not to mention so many down times that went unaccounted for.

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Wateen’s Initial Public Offering

I got this in my mailbox today (since I am a Wateen consumer since Dec 2007)

Dear Valued Customer,

Wateen Telecom is a group company of Abu Dhabi group. Abu Dhabi Group is one of the largest business groups in the Middle East and the one of the largest foreign investor in Pakistan. Abu Dhabi group owns Wateen through Warid Telecom International and Bank Alfalah Limited which hold 79.8% and 20.0% shares respectively.

Wateen’s successful four years of operations in the telecom industry of Pakistan speak for itself, as it successfully deployed the largest commercial and first nationwide 3.5 GHz WiMax network rollout in the world covering 22 cities and 1,100 sites with over 160,000 wireless broadband customers (60% of wireless Broadband market), 12,000 Broadband customers over fiber and 2,700 corporate links (including 26 commercial banks) as well as major GSM and telecom operators as its customers. Wateen Telecom is also the largest operator of satellite services in the country and now offering services to a few telecom operators in Afghanistan. Additionally, optic fiber network spanning over 10,000 KM (7,000 KM deployed and 3,000 KM under deployment) across Pakistan and in all major cities provides a solid backbone for Wateen’s offerings. Wateen also has been acknowledged as the largest alternative LDI operator in Pakistan (with over 1 billion minutes of traffic volume) duly acknowledged by the regulating authority PTA.

Wateen Telecom Limited is now offering 110m shares with an additional Green-shoe option of 90m shares amounting to PKR 2 bn. The IPO will be offered to institutional investors and general public at par value of PKR 10 per share and subscription will be open on 20th & 21st April 2010.

To subscribe, fill the IPO form and submit it to designated banks along with Cheque/PO/Demand Draft in favor of “Initial Public Offering of Wateen Telecom Limited”. Subscription can be made in PKR 5,000 or multiples of it.

Forms and details are available at www.wateen.com, all Wateen Business Centers and Franchise in addition to designated banks or call us at 111-365-365

Best Regards,

Wateen Telecom Limited

The first thought that comes to my mind is … is Wateen really wrapping up?

GoDaddy.com down

Just 6 hours ago, I was using Godaddy.com to manage some of my domain names and register new ones and just now it says

I never heard / saw any notice of such maintenance :S It also begs the question about the availability and reliability of GoDaddy.com services