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MyBroadband broke a story today on Vodacom exposing your cellphone number in HTTP headers for sites that you visit.

I played around and found a few workarounds, some are trivial, and others are less so.

The MyBroadband story is HERE and it is not the first time that this has been noticed, in a MyBroadband forum two years ago there has also been mention of this HERE

Three ways to get around this and keep your Cellphone number from being exposed:

  1. Tunnel your traffic through an HTTP Proxy. I tested Squid and Firefox with the proxy addon for mobile and without more than enabling Squid Auth the headers were altered and my cellphone number was no longer exposed.
  2. Use the Opera Mini Browser. It also tunnels your traffic through a proxy server and the details get stripped and replaced with others.
  3. Change your APN on your phone. In SETTINGS under Mobile Networks I added another APN with the same settings as the standard one and without using the proxy settings my cellphone number is not exposed any more. No idea if this will last though. Adding a custom APN does mean that you can add proxy settings for it, meaning you can play with what gets sent to the world from there. The Vodacom supplied APN cannot be edited to have proxy settings added. To update, this only works for a few hours before the numbers get displayed again, and in some cases not at all.

You could also use a VPN, I did not test this since I am not in the mood for that kind of PT at this late hour.

If  you want to test if your cellphone number is still exposed after you made your changes go to and check if you can see your number at the top of the page.

Companies often put out video clips as part of creative marketing campaigns. This week I was handed a video clip as part of a sponsored editorial for SaGeek Blog, and I have to say, it is one of the best I have seen.

It is titled Fact Checkers Unit – The Franco Files, and features the Samsung Galaxy Note. Video and more information after the break.

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And here we have yet another reason to stay the heck off the open WiFi at airports and other hotspots.

Being curious I decided to see what gets broadcast over the air when I send WhatsApp messages to my friends. I connected my phone to my WiFi and messaged a friend. What I found was very interesting…

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Two weeks ago I wrote an open letter to the DA after engaging with Brandon Topham and other DA leadership on Twitter.

You can read the letter HERE.

This morning I received Brandon’s response in my email, and I am posting it below. He has touched on some of the issues I raised that will/would fall in his local government sphere of responsibility should they win Tshwane. As he has indicated many of the points I raised fall under a National Government level, and not local.

Below is the letter, with some comments by me in (italicised brackets).

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Look, this is a quick and nasty, but at the end of this one you will have a cool angry birds quicklauncher in your Unity sidebar and clicking it will launch Angry Birds Beta in a Chromium App window.

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A Foreword For  The Regular Reader is not a political blog. I tend to steer clear of controversial issues that have no bearing on the technological  slant of my blog. I respect my readers right to differ from me on issues that are not technology or IT related. This is a blog where we are tech-heads first and foremost.

With this entry I am making an exception though, partly because our local government elections have entered our realm of influence, the on-line one, and I am choosing this medium that our political parties have embraced to take the fight to them.

UPDATE: The DA has responded via Brandon Topham to this entry, you can read it HERE.

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The mobile device revolution is in full swing. From Smartphones and Superphones that changed the mobile device game to Tablets that are threatening to effectively put Netbooks out of business save for a few niche applications, our mobile world is changing. This is having an impact on less than mobile computing – your large Laptops and also your venerable Desktop Computer.

Are we moving toward the death of the computer and laptop as we know it today?
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Don't Put Your Number On Facebook!

Really? And now an idiot gave your contact details to the world.

…and sommer post it on Facebook you idiot.

And better still, if I create a Facebook group, which is public, and the sidebar helpfully notes “PRIVACY TYPE: OPEN: ALL CONTENT IS PUBLIC”, why not post it there!

Yes! The world’s cold-calling-e-marketing-porno-sms-sending-that-costs-you-five-bucks-to-unsubscribe will LOVE you, and your stupidity.

Guess what I did this morning…

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Learn To Breast Feed Your Blog


Chadwin SolomonGuest author Chadwin Solomon brings us this entry about getting a blog started. I think it is a pretty good read. More info on Chadwin in the Author Widget to the right, and more reading of his work over at and

So you’ve decided to come over to the wild side and by wild side i mean blogging. Well to be honest blogging ain’t that wild unless you are Seth Rotherham.

I find that most newbie bloggers are tempted to just setup a WordPress blog, choose a theme and start writing blog posts in the hope that millions will visit. Not to put you off blogging, if you genuinely talented and hardworking you could achieve millions of hits, but there are certain crucial things you should do to prepare for the visitors.
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pMailer LogoIt is hard to be excited about a mass mailer. Mass mailers generally cause two things in my life: Technical difficulties and spam.

Everyone who has ever had to set up a mass mailing system for a client knows exactly what I am talking about regarding technical hassles. Mailman is a shining example of this – an immensely powerful program that is a real hassle to set up.

One South African setup now offers an on-line solution, that along with SMS functionality is set to take care of at least the technical issues that you would encounter when setting up a mass mailer.

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