Small Collection of Blocked Websites in Turkey

More specifically, sites blocked by the hotel wifi service at the Sheraton Ataköy in Istanbul over the past couple days. I was able to get through to them from LAN lines elsewhere in the hotel and elsewhere in the city. I’m switching hotels on Monday to something a bit more modest – there’s wifi there and I’m now really curious how different, if at all, that firewall will be.

Back to this Sheraton. The first, Wikipedia’s English language page, is a fairly standard choice among censors worldwide and appears on many ‘blocked website’ greatest hits lists.

This was a bit odd, a link to results from the World Indoor Track & Field Championships, going on right now here in Istanbul. Click to enlarge and see the terms detailed, which are a bit baffling to me.

Next. Probably not the first time Boing Boing is blocked somewhere.

Moving on, this is the stats page for this blog. I can confirm that those terms do appear. But the reasons aren’t nearly as exciting as those doing the blocking want to believe. Turkey had some previous problems with wordpress which I thought were relegated to history.

And finally, a link to a post on shirtofflame.com, where the blogger had some very nice things to say about Piran Café. (Many thanks again, Heather!). The problem here appears to be a wider blanket block on all of blogspot.

I’ll post more later in the week if I come across any others.

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Inspiration, Istanbul and Packing Gadgets – LJ Pic of the Day

If you were looking for a bit of inspiration, a gentle nudge to let you know that you truly can be anything you really want to be, here’s my little gift to you.

I’m not sure why I’m restarting the Ljubljana Pic of the Day series tonight, a few hours before a midnight and (near) full moon flight to Istanbul, where I’ll be for the next nine days. I certainly won’t be uploading pictures of Ljubljana from there. I guess I just felt inspired by a man whose wish to become a bat came true.

Yes, Istanbul! Exciting! I’ve never been and I’ve heard wonderful things. Actually, I was there once, but only at Ataturk Airport in transit from Osaka in late August 2007, and only long enough to learn that at the time all WordPress blogs were blocked in Turkey. (The ban has since been lifted.) This time it’ll be five days work, and another three-and-a-half play. My hotel for the second half is in the heart of the Sultanahmet district. Looking forward.

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Gadgets are becoming a pain. I’m not even much of a gadget geek, keep my photo gear to a minimum, and it still adds up big time. After stuffing this and my laptop, mouse and cables into my backpack, it tipped the scale at just under 10.5kg/23lb. Something to keep in mind if that trip comes to fruition.

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