Thoughts on Ese Walters and COZA

This was posted by a friend of mine, Soji Ogunnaike on Facebook.

My thoughts on this whole Ese Walters mess:

The sooner we all begin to see all men as equal, the better. Regardless of our levels of enlightenment, we all have equal access to connect with our Source/God and the truth is we ALL are of ONE SOURCE. Continue reading “Thoughts on Ese Walters and COZA”

When is a deal a “deal”?

Disclosure: I am very pissed at DealDey (http://www.dealdey.com). I think their service sucks.

DealDey is a clone of the Groupon Service. The first time I saw it, I thought, this is brilliant. Finally, we can get daily deals. I have never been more wrong.

The problem isnt solely with DealDey. They may have a bulk of the problem, but it isnt solely theirs. They (and their customers) do not understand the concept of a a deal-of-the-day. By definition, deal-of-the-day (also called flash sales or one deal a day) is an ecommerce business model in which a website offers a single product for sale for a period of 24 to 36 hours. Potential customers register as members of the deal-a-day websites and receive online offers and invitations by email or social networks. The deal-of-the-day business model works by allowing retailers to market discounted services or products directly to the customers of the deal company, who receives a portion of the retailer’s profit. This allows retailers to build brand loyalty and quickly sell surplus inventory.

The keyword, as highlighted above, is “discounted”. For a product or a service to be a deal, it has to be discounted. Not crippled. Not reduced. Discounted. Which means, a product I would normally buy for N500 would be sold at say N480 (or even less) for a period of time. The reduced price ought to encourage people to notify their friends and help to clear out inventory.

Many deals on DealDey still offer the products at the same selling price as non-deals.

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Compared above is a deal on DealDey right now. Samsung Galaxy S4 for N95,000. The selling price on Konga.com is N95,000. The price on Jumia.com is N95,495. Slot is selling at N96,000. The question then arises, where is the deal? Why would I tell people to buy from DealDey when you can buy from Konga and receive points for your purchase which you can use to discount further purchases?

Another comparison

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DealDey – Tecno Phantom A (Dual Core) = N35,500

Konga – Tecno Phantom A+ (Quad Core) = N35,900

Jumia – Tecno Phantom A+ (Quad Core) = N35,495

 

In the other scenario where the price is actually reduced, the service to be offered is also reduced. That isnt a deal, that is paying half price for half of the service. E.g http://www.dealdey.com/deals/final-touch-day-spa-pamper-spa-package

DealDey   Final Touch Day Spa  Pamper Spa Package

DealDey has a good concept, even if it isnt original, but the execution is terrible. If you must offer deals, ensure they are DEALS!.

NUFF SAID!

Why the “Nigerian” emphasis? – The case of Michael Adebolajo

I am tired of Michael Adebolajo being referred to as a Nigerian. A Nigerian is defined as someone with one or all of the following criteria:

Does Michael fulfill any of these criteria? NO!

Is that really Saka?

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I know many people who consider the MTN “I don port” advert a masterpiece. I tend to agree with them. A masterpiece and a creative coup.

 

Moving on. The guy wearing green. A lot of people have made reference to the rival network (Etisalat) whom Hafiz Oyetoro worked with as the network MTN made reference to. And I know that the networks, despite wanting subscribers to port, will still want to avoid any legal issues, however irrelevant. Lots of people tend to agree that the cloth was actually yellow but lighting was used to make it look green.

I think (and believe) that the guy in green (actually, green and not a lighting effect) isnt Hafiz.

 

What happened to theNetNG?

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A couple of days back, I saw an article about theNetNG, google it here.

Yesterday, our primary domain www.thenetng.com was compromised by internet hackers, who criminally gained access to our servers and illegally took possession of our identity.
We are convinced this is a calculated attack by detractors to unsettle and distract us, knowing our third anniversary (April 26) is just around the corner, as well as the inaugural Nigerian Entertainment Conference holding next Friday

This incident occurred in the early morning of Thursday April 18, and the hijackers immediately followed up with an email, announcing their operation and demanding $1,200 ransom to reclaim our property. They have since sent other emails, and made fresh requests, which we are reviewing with our lawyers, registrars and IT team.

It is the first time since we registered the domain in 2009, that such security breach would occur. And even though we considered our readers, advertisers and partners, our management took a firm decision not to engage with the criminals.

After careful considerations, we decided yesterday, that we will not be negotiating with the hijackers, that we will not bow to these cheap internet terrorists. And we will definitely not be paying the requested ransom money ($900 as at their last email).

As a web developer (and hacker of some sorts), this information presented a scenario that a typical Nigerian would describe as having a “k-leg”. I decided to review and see if I could figure out what happened.

First, a hacker can not just take over your domain. Hosting files, yes, domain no. I am not saying it isnt possible, but it isnt common. The only way you can lose your domain in this kind of attack (if that is your lingo of preference) is if you do not renew it. I checked the whois information and the domain history.

The domain was registered in September 14, 2009, which means it expires (should be renewed) September 14 every year. The article made a reference to April 2013. The last update date was May 3 2013. That is a six month difference between the supposed last expiration date and the “hijack” date. Domains usually ave a 90 days period between their expiration and availability to the general populace. Source: http://whois.ws/whois/thenetng.com

The domain history shows the previous and current registrars of the domain. http://whois.ws/domain-history/thenetng.com. It was previously managed by AntiGravity. My suspicion is that there was a fallout between theNetNG and AntiGravity, leading to the non-renewal of the domain. The domain was promptly hijacked.

A fallout (likely), a loss of the domain by AntiGravity? (I don’t think so). Checking the screenshot history of the site using the Wayback Machine showed that after 2009, AntiGravity was no longer the designer/developer of the website. It had been transferred to  Unstoppables International.

Site by AntiGravity: http://web.archive.org/web/20100619051112/http://www.thenetng.com/

The site by Unstoppables: http://web.archive.org/web/20130402195125/http://thenetng.com/

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AntiGravity uses 1&1, Unstoppables uses GoDaddy

Was there an issue during domain transfer? Was the domain not renewed by Unstoppables? Did AntiGravity still have control of the domain? We really cant say.

The $1200 value requested for is a standard amount charged by domain squatters. It isnt a ransom money, it is the price you pay for negligence.

Advice: if you have a valuable domain name, register it for the maximum number of years allowed, 10 years and have your mind at rest. Oh, registrar lock is a nice option too.