19 December, 2006

No more Google cache for you.

It appears Etisalat have now decided to begin blocking Google cache.

Google cache takes a simple (no images are stored) copy of a website which is stored on Google and allows internet users to access websites which are experiencing downtime, have been deleted and/or changed. It also allowed UAE internet users to access websites which were proxied for text-only information.

First it was DeviantART, then it was Google cache; what next?

13 comments:

poo said...

Man this is funny... I guess the next step would be a walled garden approach, etisalat will start blocking everything IP address outside 217.164.0.0 - 217.164.44.255 but what they approve.

Hey Etisalat google images still works!
And A$$holes you forgot to block yahoo and msn (correction msn cache is blocked) cache :/

poo said...

Man this is funny... I guess the next step would be a walled garden approach, etisalat will start blocking every IP address outside the 217.164.0.0 - 217.164.44.255 range.

Hey Etisalat google images still works!
And A$$holes you forgot to block yahoo and msn (correction msn cache is blocked) cache :/

Tom said...


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samuraisam said...

anonymous: No links to goatse please.

archer14 said...

I noticed this yesterday, I used it extensively to get really old stuff from message boards and expired webpages...but more importantly, for that instant shot of speed without the distracting ads and such. Luckily, only a certain IP range has been blocked.

When are they going to police The Bluetooth? And The SMS.....

Anonymous said...

Why not just stop allowing radio and TV broadcast, no more snail-mail, take everyones' landline phones, and oh, while they're at it, make it illegal for people to talk to one another and even use sign language.

Woke said...

Now that is progress.

I have feeling that TRA is taking initiatives on this regard rather than Etisalat.

Prometheus said...

Sam.. ain't this the same as blocking the Wayback Machine?

A Blessing in Tragedy said...

Most Email, SMS, and MMS in the UAE is already policed. you cant have a family running a business without it knowing EVERYTHING that happens.

The UAE is a family owned business. so be happy with what little you know that THEY know about you.

oh, and the "blocking" is so easy to get around it isn't even funny, so stop whining and get over it.

secretdubai said...

Most Email, SMS, and MMS in the UAE is already policed.

Yes - NEVER forget this. Etisalat keeps all SMS and MMS messages for at lesat 30 days, so anything you send they have. I have no clue what their email cacheing practices are, but given the way they sell their subscriber database to local spammers, I'll warrant it's not particularly respectful to user privacy of confidentiality.

A Blessing in Tragedy said...

Oh they might keep it for 30 days, but they give it to THEM who keep it for a bit longer.

when using these things here, think of yourself in a communist country in the 1960s.

Doubleletter said...

Oh boy, now I can't access my last.fm profile. Though the main site is not blocked, I can't access this:

http://www.last.fm/user/doubleletter

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