Monday, January 25, 2016

OneDoesNotSimplyStealMyWifi - Wi-Fi Names in Lisboa :D

So today I was at S. Domingos Benfica bus stop waiting for the bus to go to my lab. I opened my laptop since there was a considerable waiting time. Then I found a lot of Wi-Fi connections - all protected. Some Wi-Fi names are funny. :D 

Are you the owner of the "OneDoesNotSimplyStealMyWifi "? The Wi-Fi name sounds more like a challenge though. :D

Studio Chhaya Wellawatte, Colombo, Sri Lanka - A Review and Scam Report

Sometimes, online reviews can be deceiving. Chhaya studio (also known as Studio Chhaya), Wellawatte is one of the most popular studios in Colombo for wedding/reception/engagement photos, with near 5-* review in the Facebook rating. However, how much can we trust these ratings? My experience would just give them 1-*.

1. They do not respect the time. I was promised that the photos will be sent by email in 1.5 months (means, 22nd Dec). They eventually sent on the 22nd Jan (one month late), after several international calls from Portugal.

2. Chhaya studio agreed to offer the soft-copy of the photos by email. But the most important ones sent were in fact very low quality ones (they look like taken in a toy camera or a potato). When asked, they are requesting more payment for higher quality photos.

It is funny that when we were discussing the prices, they mentioned that they will offer the photos by email in 1.5 months. They did not mention a word about 2,500 LKR or that we will have to wait till the last day of album delivery. They surely did not indicate that the photos sent by email would be of very bad quality. So we had already paid the full amount even before seeing the photos.

Now their reply when asking for the photos soft-copy was,

"The quality of the images were increased as per your request. These images are not at their best quality, that is they are not in HD.These images are sent to the customers only to check if they want the particular image printed. The quality of the printed image will be at its best. As per our company norms, we do not mail customers high quality edited images. The high quality images are only given on the day of the album delivery, after an extra payment of Sri Lankan Rs.2500/= "

Also the photos were initially sent to another person Pradeep Chandran ( Now a random guy also has our photos. :S They even claimed that I gave them the wrong email address, instead of accepting their mistake (which is the biggest joke, as if I do not know my name and email address).

My advise is, do not trust the web reviews. Discuss in detail when you are choosing a photographer/videographer. Try to see and understand whether there is some trap or fine-print. Not sure whether they treat all their customers in this way (probably not, since I did not see much negative reviews on them yet). Probably only us, just because we are not in Sri Lanka? Please let me know in comments, if you have had faced similar issues with the studios.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Broken Links in Paypal

Broken Pages.
[24/01/2016] Paypal is a site I would least expect to have broken links.

Not just one broken link. I found 4, from the page,

"Add money from your bank to your PayPal account"

 The links lead to funny pages with the page content.
Pointer to the broken links.

Not Found

The requested URL /cgi-bin/webscr was not found on this server.
Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

All of these pages were leading to a 403 Forbidden Site


You don't have permission to access / on this server.

It is interesting how these crucial links such as Privacy, Fees, Legal Agreements, and Contact Us form are left broken in such a critical web site involving money.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Lisbon - Week n

[10/01/2016] There was a time when I used to blog my week in Lisbon. I have written blog posts till the Week 43. However, following my return to Sri Lanka in the 2013 summer, I stopped the weekly posts. I tried again in Stockholm. But it did not go quite well. Eventually I also started to believe that this is mostly because now I am used to this city and life style that there is nothing new to blog about any more. Another point is the busy life of the PhD student. However, it is fascinating to note that even in our most familiar environments there are some places that we have failed to visit or activities that we have failed to do.

Today we visited Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, which is a museum on my way to the university from my home, right along the bus route, close to Praça da Espanha. It is free for visitors on Sundays. It however opens on every day except Tuesdays. It was refreshing to see there are still some places left to be explored even after a 3+ years of stay in this city.

[15/01/2016] For some unknown reasons, the city buses in the evening are getting delayed these early days of the year. When I got into the bus this evening, I had a feeling of getting into a bus from the hell. For some reason, many of the passengers were shouting at the driver, and he was shouting back at them even louder. I understood nothing, because the conversation was loud and clear; but in Portuguese. I guessed it must be something regarding the delayed bus arrival times. Something is wrong. But I have no clue yet.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

OpenDaylight Research from INESC-ID Lisboa

As a PhD student focusing on SDN, I have been researching on OpenDaylight. I have also created OpenDaylight Lisboa User Group and coordinated multiple meetups in Lisboa. As an OpenDaylight developer, I am featured in today's OpenDaylight Developer Spotlight. Have a look. :)