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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Blogger Blues III

First it was The Vintage Shop. Now it's Silsila-e-Mah-o-Saal. They've taken the plunge and gone over to the new blogger. Whatever their experiences of their new home, it takes me several minutes to open their pages. I have more or less given up trying. And they're probably happier at the thought of not having to deal with my comments too frequently.

Yesterday, through sheer persistence and doggedness, I waited and waited and waited for Madeeha's page. Seven minutes! That's an eternity in internet terms. Today, it took several abandoned attempts to get to Sabizak's page (I kept giving up, thinking it was some temporary glitch). Then it hit me: She's made the dreaded move. So, I typed in her url again and waited and waited and ... well, you know the rest. Nine minutes!!! Unacceptable.

Now, I am trying to make a comment on her lovely Googly post. Six minutes, so far, and the "Connecting to" is still showing the animated barber pole ...

Is it just me or my ISP? Or are others in Karachi facing the same problem? Or is it because Blogger is banned and pkblogs/inblogs have not made any alterations necessary to route things to beta.blogger? Betas are always trouble; I'm glad I have a beti! (Sorry. Bad joke!)

Uh-oh.: "Network Timeout The operation timed out when attempting to contact" Fuckin' charming!

OK, Sabizak, I'll just post my comment here, instead:

Bad move; Good post! Yes, this Google empire-building, as in the case of Microsoft and others before it (and even Apple isn't far behind, in slightly different ways), is a digusting but logical route in a capitalistic, competitive world. Oh, and YouTube has been bought by Google for the astonishing sum of $1.65 billion. No that's not a typo. BILLION!

And I bet you had no idea, when you said "What is up with these internet companies trying to become bigger than God?", that it wasn't just a funny comparison. They ARE bigger and showing it off!!!

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Anonymous rayhan said...

Count your blessings, Zakintosh. The inability to access one of them may be a blessing in disguise.

25 November, 2006 08:52

Blogger insiya said...

both the blogs take fucking ages to load. ajeeb bakwaas hai.

25 November, 2006 10:46

Blogger sabizak said...

Haae I am going to lose my dhaaee Pakistani readers now.

:( I think I got up to some sheer blind stupidity which got me stuck. I was imagining Blogger had enforced the Beta, only realizing later it was just me who had got irreversibly stuck by pushing a few wrong buttons. After that there was no going back. *sigh* The story of my life.

25 November, 2006 15:24

Blogger the olive ream said...

I haven't swapped to Beta...and I'm glad because from what I've read here the whole process sounds constipated.

I think it might be due to the pkblogs/inblogs servers as I can access Madeeha's and Sabahat's blog without delay.

Bad enough that governments are continuely screwing with bloggers but now free speech is being buggered by servers trying to beat the proxy.

25 November, 2006 16:49

Blogger sabizak said...

@rayhan: Did you HAVE to trample on my feelings like that?

26 November, 2006 02:10

Anonymous vintage said...

wtf?! blogger has officially been un-blocked. the domain should be accessible the 'normal' way.

i dont access blogspot from home, so i dont know about whether my ISP has made the neccessary changes but yes, i have been getting the same kind of complaints from other bloggers: they just cant seem to open my blog.

however, when i access blogspot, the blogger or the beta blogger version from work through the dawn internet thingie, they both open in a matter of seconds.

i dont know whats going on. i just hope google can fix it asap. there is no way to undo moving on to beta and going back to the old-blogger.

not that im complaining much. i love beta blogger but hate the fact that it becomes somewhat inaccessible.

26 November, 2006 13:20

Blogger Sidhusaaheb said...

I have had no problems accessing Silsila-e-Mah-o-Saal even after the move to Blogger Beta. So, I suppose the problems you are facing are on account of pkblogs/inblogs not having upgraded the software, to enable users to access Beta blogs as well.

I would suggest the use of a 'proxy' site for accessing all blocked content, instead of those like pkblogs/inblogs, created specifically for accessing blogs at Blogger.Com.

27 November, 2006 18:14

Anonymous rayhan said...

Heyyy ... what's going on? Have the bold become meek?

@sabizak: first of all, you're trying the oldest trick in Machiavelli's book. Secondly, I never tamper with pretty girls' feelings, much less trample upon them. You've got me mixed up with the seafaring crowd.

27 November, 2006 21:59

Blogger vintage said...

@rayhan: hehehe... no it's the friggin blog-owner. he un-bolds my boldness. i've resorted to italicising. :D

28 November, 2006 16:59

Anonymous rayhan said...

friggin? at his age? tsk tsk ...

28 November, 2006 18:28

Blogger Jawad Zakariya said...

Zak, Google vs God was good. I wasn't able to find many terms beating Google, but Sex was one of the winners (except in London and Paris!)

28 November, 2006 22:14

Blogger Zakintosh said...

@madeeha - italics are individualistic but don't mar the aesthtics like bold or all-caps do. so they are acceptable.

@rayhan - maybe your unk and i were different types.

@jawad - despite what you and mansoor wrote (and what my link to google's own explanation of these stats shows) i think this particular stat (The Battle of the Big G's) may well be right.

28 November, 2006 23:00

Blogger sabizak said...

Actually its other people who have got you mixed up with the seafaring crowd. I have always maintained you are a different person.

28 November, 2006 23:34

Anonymous vintage said...

@zak: yes, yes, i understand that :)
ps: luv u!

29 November, 2006 14:14

Blogger DesiBackToDesh said...

Oh you are complaining about posting on other people's blogs. I can't even post on mine. Bye, bye blogger - wordpress here I come.

18 December, 2006 23:53


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