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A New Year, A Bad Start

posted by cockroach//蟑螂 at Monday, January 02, 2006 2:20 AM

Really, I have a bad start at the being of the year.

Actually it is not a BIG matter, nor a small matter. It doesn’t really hurt me directly, but it causes inconvenient to me directly. All because of Starhub fault!

I am using Starhub Maxonline Ultimate. It came with a free iview and SafeSurf till 31 Dec 2005. I don’t really like SafeSurf a lot. SafeSurf is a Value-Added Service for MaxOnline monthly access plan customers has enhanced security features to ensure every members of your family is safeguarded whenever they go online. Parents can be assured of a safe and enriching surfing experience for their children. Meaning, the blocked site that is not mean for kids. I got no choice; my plan comes with a FREE SafeSurf and they don’t have an option form asking me want or not. In fact, when I was looking at the plan, I already said I don’t want the Value-Added Services free (both iview and SafeSurf) because I am not using it. But one Starhub Staff talked to me parents:

Starhub Staff: You know hor…Nowadays hor… Teenagers like you child hor… like to surf porn. Our SafeSurf can block all Porn sites so he won’t turn bad…A lot of teenager hor…turn bad because they surf porn at home and parents don’t know.
Mom: Really har? Ok lorh, let’s take Starhub Ultimate.

Your guys might be wondering, “why Cockroach not happy? If for your own good, Cockroach didn’t surf porn website now not happy is it?” Actually, I don’t mind Starhub blocking porn sites; in fact, I think porn is the most disgusting thing ever. I rather get a wife when I grow up and watch her body, and nobody else. But I DO MIND Starhub block blogs, services, education website, and Google Translator!

Yes, they blocked some good blogs that have no sexuality content, they block services like, they blocked some education website which I don’t know why and last by not least, they blocked a famous search engine company’s translator, Google Translator.

I don’t know why they block it. No sexuality content in it, nothing offensive, WHY THEY GOT BLOCKED?!?! Still remember there was one time I was looking for Peranakan information for my project. And this stupid SafeSurf blocked a website which contains lots of information. In the end, I have to beg someone to copy and paste the website and send it to me so I can do my project because other website isn’t informative enough. Anyway, Starhub in their FAQ says that they do not decide on which website to block out. The database of undesirable websites is taken from and maintained by StarHub's SafeSurf vendor, SmartFilter.

Yea right, it is over right, since it is till 31 Dec 2005. Are you thinking “Cockroach now sure very happy, besides using all the services that were blocked, now he can even surf porn.” No, you are wrong. They extended this “very good service” to 31 Dec 2006. Yea, there is one more year to go. Don’t believe me? See:

(Click for larger view.)

Poor Cockroach, have to suffer for another 1 year. I mean, I wish the day of ending this SafeSurf for ages! Now they let me wait another 1 year. 1 year, not 1 day. During the time between 2005 and 2006, my conversation between GeckoZ:

Cockroach: 5
Cockroach: 4
Cockroach: 3
Cockroach: 2
Cockroach: 1
Cockroach: 0
Cockroach: Happy New Year!!!
Cockroach: Quick, quick, quick, give a porn website, I finally free from SafeSurf!!!

GeckoZ: Ha! Ha! Ha!
Cockroach: Eh… no need, just Google Translator will do.
Cockroach: Still blocked…

I got nothing much to said, I have to suffer from Starhub SafeSurf for another one year, songs may express myself better:

Original by Kevin, from here.
Edited by Cockroach and sing by Cockroach.

(Old Macdonald tune)
Here block, that block,
Anyhow block, block.
Old Macdonald had a website,
It got block by Starhub!

Click here for the mp3 [0:09, 155 KB]. Feel free to use this song if you are also a victim of SafeSurf. If it does not work, please wait for an hour or so.

Maxonline Ultimate will continue this SafeSurf till 31 Dec 2006. While, Maxonline 6500 will start from 1 Feb 2006 to 31 Dec 2006. Seem like user for this both plan have to suffer. HELP!!!~~~

Starhub: This is just my personal view; don’t sue me because of this. Your can E-Mail to to request the post to be taken down.


At 1/02/2006 03:16:00 AM

Singtel Rocks!

Posted by GeckoZ

At 1/02/2006 03:22:00 AM

But singtel here cut there cut nothing also cut, cut...I mean they cut the interent connetion. 

Posted by cockroach//蟑螂

At 1/02/2006 12:23:00 PM

Cheer up manz. In fact, Singtel's internet connection has better routing as compared to Starhub's - better for gaming.

Well, tell your mum that you REALLY don't surf porn. And safesurf (to me) - it's pretty much a waste of moo-lah lah!  

Posted by Brennan

At 1/02/2006 12:26:00 PM

Aiyoh, poor thing! I think your parents just want to be careful... but if you think you can handle it on your own, perhaps you could show your parents how SafeSurf affects your Internet life, then let them decide one more for themselves :) 

Posted by Kevin

At 1/02/2006 03:08:00 PM

I won't be wrong to say that many others have the same problem. It seems that Starhub just signs a contract with another security company which manages the blocked sites security. That means that the Safesurf is not managed by Starhub.

If you ask me if the security company is good, I doubt so because they might have used auto-spiders to crawl around and puts "suspected sites" on the list. It's only partially human managed.

I think there are workarounds to the safesurf, but you just have to surf the web and find the right tool. 

Posted by Jasper Chen

At 1/03/2006 12:20:00 AM

Brennan, I don't play games online. I only surf blogs, websites and forum. And you think my mom belive me?!?!

Kevin, ya lorh. Very poor thing. Need to wait another year then can read your blog. My mom only use internet to play games. She never knows how it affect me. I tried to talk to her already... :(

Jasper Chen, safesurf really have to improve...if not...I want to burn their building liao...(Just kidding.) 

Posted by cockroach//蟑螂

At 1/08/2006 01:04:00 AM

serious ah! aiyo! i must request for safesurf to be terminated! 

Posted by xiaoxin

At 1/08/2006 03:24:00 AM

xiaoxin, LOL!!! yea, yea, yea...Cockorach poor thing, cannot get terminated yet. =( 

Posted by cockroach//蟑螂

At 10/03/2006 04:25:00 PM

Safesurf blocked some forums i was trying to access, but guess what? when i deliberately access other porn sites, it works! 

Posted by MOLSUX



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