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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Internet access from Mumbai Airport's Clipper Lounge

If you're a frequent flier, or are flying first or business class out of Mumbai, then you'll get access to the Clipper Lounge. They provide free wifi, but it doesn't really work as advertised.

You first connect to the wifi network, and open your browser, which gets redirected to a login page. You click on Complimentary Internet access, and get to a form that asks for your personal details, and phone number, claiming that they will send you an access code via SMS.

Do NOT enter your real phone number here. For starters, no SMS gets sent. Secondly, you'll start getting SMS spam. Use any 10 digit phone number. Enter 91 for the country code.

Now, once you do this, you'll get an intermediate page that will immediately redirect to a second page that shows you your username and password. The password on that page is wrong. Instead, what you want to do is hit escape as soon as you get the intermediate page. It's blue, and it has the database insert statement that looks like this:
insert into users 
(u_username, u_password, u_user_type,u_fullname,u_initial_quota,
 u_max_concurrent_sessions, u_nbr_starts, u_nbr_stops,
) values (
 'cc3zo7s', '2497161', '2', 'Morons',
 '86400', '86400', '1', '15', '600',
 '2010-05-13 22:51:28','0','1',
In the above string, cc3zo7s is the username and 2497161 is the password that you need to use.

Note, that if you enter a phone number that already exists in the database (eg: one of the tech support numbers on the login page), you'll get this instead:
Duplicate entry '1271179237' for key 'PRIMARY'
Just try a different phone number. Oh, and what's with the semi-colon at the end of the SQL statement?

Lastly, don't bother sending them feedback. It doesn't go anywhere. And I don't mean that it goes into some mailbox that no one reads. I mean it goes nowhere. This is the page you get when you try to send feedback:

Feedback page for Mumbai airport wifi

The interesting text in there is:
Warning: mail() [function.mail]: Failed to connect to mailserver at
 "ezcommindia.com" port 25, verify your "SMTP" and "smtp_port" setting in
 php.ini or use ini_set() in C:\xampp\htdocs\ezcomm\ifeedback.php
 on line 225
Yup, real classy. I think we can just start from the end of that message and stop when we get to C:\. It explains a lot.

This login manager isn't just broken, it goes right through broken and comes out on the other end.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Can a website crash your RHEL5 desktop?

A few months ago I started having trouble with my RHEL5 desktop when running Firefox 3.5. On a few websites, the entire system would crash pretty consistently. It took a long time, but I finally managed to find the problem and get a fix in there.

My solution is documented on the YDN blog. Please leave comments there.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Analysis of the bandwidth and latency of YUIblog readers

A few months ago, Eric Miraglia from the YUI team helped me run some analysis on the types of network connections that were coming in to YUIBlog. In this article on the YUI blog, I've published the results of my analysis.

Please leave comments on the YUIblog.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Speaking at IPC Spring in Berlin

I'll be speaking at IPC Spring in Berlin between May 31 and June 2 this year. My talk is on MySQL partitioning. It will have more information than the talk I did at ConFoo in March. The talk will be on Tuesday, June 1st.

If you're in or around Berlin at that time, drop in.