Tonight at 3AM (Israel time), this site has been hacked and stayed inactive for around 6 hours.
Well, the hackers were Turkish, from our same time zone, so we can conclude that they probably don't have either a social or a sexual life, so they masturbate by ruining the work of others.
Or, considering the fact that they are Turkish and the owner of this site is Israeli, we could assume that the reason for the hack could be political. Nevertheless the site has no political objective at all, being only a mobility dedicated site - if they are taking down a non-political, mobility dedicated site just because of the origin of the owner, we can surely conclude the level of barbarism in which those guys live and act upon.
Anyway, the site is back up and I believe my mistake while defining the site security that left the door for them to come in is now fixed.
This week, 2.5 yearts after the launch in the US, the iPhone has been finally launched in Israel by all three cellular operators.
The date was announced around one month in advance, and all operators began to get ready for the launch. Specially in terms of PR. Journalists and bloggers were called for meetings, material has been sent, and a lot of expectation set.
If, on one hand, ads were not put in TV before the actual launch (maybe because of limitations imposed by Apple, I don't know), on the other hand the companies let the newspapers, blogs, and even the TV news make the noise for them.
And there we went, a cattle of well trained beasts talking in unisson the same words we were told to say. Even in my site in Hebrew, www.mobilityfreak.co.il, I (who don't like the iPhone so much), couldn't stop the freakin' engagement of the other writers with this subject, and two days before the launch the main page of the site was 90% about the launch that is about to come.
In my life as a consultant I meet many times interesting and challenging projects. Those are usually connected to two cases:
a. Badly managed server infrastructure in which most of the time is spent in trying to find what has been broken by the IT team.
b. Well-managed, but complicated architectures that demand sometimes a lot of thinking in order to find the right solutions.
I don't like to talk about the cases connected to the first template. Those cases are not my piece of cake; they are challenging, but usually connected to very non-interesting trial and error processes. They are also usually connected to system managers that will never be ready to recognize that they did not have the faintest idea of what they were doing when they turned their server upside-down.
The cases that interest me the most are the cases from the second group, and yesterday I had the chance to participate in one interesting one-day project of this kind. So here is the story:
Today I went to visit a customer, which has been consulting me by phone for some days regarding problems in their phones calendars since the end of DST in Israel.
One good example of Brazilian wisdom is an old saying from the 70's that says: "Statistics are like the Bikini - they show everything except the essential."
So why do I suddenly talk about that? Well, analysts of our days try to be the prophets of the future. They deal all the day with numbers, and at the end of the day try to draw conclusions from them and say how the future will be.
So, did you know that there is a new Windows Phone around?
Well, I can hear the sighs. With some 10 new models around now and 30 expected until the end of the year, I would expect that Microsoft would try to make at least the same noise that Steve Jobs and Apple made of the iPhone 3GS (which presents even less news than the new version of Windows Mobile)..... but then the result is silence.
So, what can we still see about the launch?
Today I am finishing a project that took me nearly a year to complete.
Finally, after 52 weeks and 1 day, MobilityFreak.co.il is launching and replacing PocketPCFreak.com.
The new site comes to life after I had been feeling for years the pains of the platforms of the old site, Greymatter and YABB. The new site is all built in a modern, PHP based platform, which gives us space for much more functionality than we had previously and still opens the appetite for a lot of new functionality in the future.
It's been some time since I've last posted here, and no, the site is not dead.
In fact, I am getting ready for a double launch.
First, the WM6.5 launch as everybody knows, which I want to cover in the best way possible.
Secondly, PocketPCFreak.com (my website in Hebrew) is growing into a new site, in a new platform, and a new domain name which is more open to different technologies, and the work on this launch is around the clock.
I hope that before the middle of this week the two things will be over and I will be back to activity here as usual.
Yesterday evening we were witnesses to the greatest ever comeback: Leonard Cohen, at the age of 75, sang for 3 hours at the Ramat-Gan National Stadium for a crowd of thousands of people.
The show has been the last show of his current tourne, and followed previous comebacks of different artists that decided to dedicate a part of their tournes to this country: Depeche Mode, Pet Shop boys, Madonna, and others.
The Jewish community all around the world is at this moment in the middle of the Rosh HaShana (New Year) holiday. This will be year 5770, and everybody is turning their eyes to heaven to ask for a good year. So let's see what this new year can mean for us at the mobile community:
In the world scenery, maybe this marks the end of an year of crisis, that began with the collapse of Lehman Bros. bank around last year's holiday.