Monthly Archives: March 2011


Web Spam From The Hong Kong Trade Development Council – Or How To Battle Unsolicited Mail

March 31st, 2011

We once attended an exhibition organised by the HKTDC. We had to give our personal details to attend. Seems they added us to their mail-out database, and now we receive their news releases.

OFTA regulates unsolicited marketing in Hong Kong, and set up this antispam website to help inform the public.  The legislation requires, essentially, that electronic direct marketing be an ‘opt-in’ facility, and that all correspondence contains a facility to unsubscribe.  Seems reasonable and civilised enough?

Well, the email from the HKTDC was in Chinese (see here), which we can’t read, so we needed to translate it (we used Google Translate).  There was no unsubscribe facility. This is a poor showing from the HKTDC, whose chairman is appointed by the Chief Executive.  But… why are we not surprised?


iPad 2 Available On The Grey Market At Crazy Prices In Hong Kong

March 16th, 2011

Apple have not given a release date for the new device in Hong Kong yet. But 2 Days after the US launch of the iPad2 in the US, HKers can pick one up here before its released. But a 16Gb model will apparently set you back HK$7,900!  We have to admit we haven’t headed down to Wanchai Computer Centre or 298 yet to check.

Read more about it here:


Netvigator / PCCW Connection Issues In Hong Kong This Weekend

March 13th, 2011

Since the Japanese earthquake on Friday 11th March 2011 (two days ago) we have noticed a very bad connection to some websites from Hong Kong.  This seems to be to mostly US-based servers, such as Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, and PlayStation Network.

A brief search on Twitter (that took a long time to load!) showed that scores of people have noted the issue with Netvigator broadband, which is still no better on Sunday 13th March evening.