Jomsocial no longer ‘risk free’

Another giant of Joomla, Jomsocial is no longer ‘risk free’.

Jomsocial is a widely used social networking application for Joomla. It has recently been taken over by a new company which has pulled the $1 30-day trial soon after its takeover, and more recently removed its ‘try risk-free’ statement from its website.

Jomsocial is an application that is known for the multitude of bugs and its rather lack-lustre support. The demo on the website is basic at least and does not give you the opportunity to see how it interacts with other Joomla! addons.

There is a refund policy, but there is so much small-print that it is pretty much worthless. some of the small print includes “You’ve decided JomSocial is “Not what I need”” – how would you know if its what you need without trying it on your own website?

“You experience script conflicts with other 3rd party software connected to or installed on your Joomla website (Templates, Components, Modules, and Plugins).” Again, there is no possible way to know this without first installing the product

If you have a technical problem, you have to consult the support forum, where replies can be too slow and sometimes not relevant. Fixes often require you to delve into the code to make bug fixes and fiddle with uploading the files via FTP.

Its a shame Jomsocial have taken this approach and we can only hope that they work on updating their refund policy very soon.

Thakker Technologies – why you should be careful buying from developers listed in the Joomla Extention Directory (JED)

‘Dave’ (name changed) has been in touch regarding problems using a Joomla! extention he had purchased from a company called Thakker Technologies.

Dave saw the product listed on the Joomla Extention Directory (JED). The directory is a part of the official Joomla.org website and lists just about every single addon that was ever made for the Joomla CMS.

Unfortunately, Joomla do not seem to carry out stringent checks and appear to allow anyone to list a product which links to the developer’s own website. In this case, the website belongs to a young lady by the name of Sneha Thakker, who names her outfit as ‘Thakker Technologies’.

On May 14th Dave purchased a Joomla extention after seeing it on the JED website. Dave visited Thakker’s website and there was no problem taking payment. However, as soon as the payment was made, the website started to fail with various SQL problems, connection errors. Almost 2 weeks later, Dave is 44 Euros out of pocket, still does not have his product, and customer support is non-existant.

We understand that no website is perfect, they they all have problems, but there is usually a customer service team ready to deal with people’s problems and provide a solution.

Barren Brain visited Thakker’s website and at the time of writing we can confirm there are multiple problems with the website loading haphazardly – on this occasion we were not able to make a purchase. Interestingly the website revealed what appears to be a fake address for the company, this is something we are trying to verify with our indian readers and Google Street View.

Should Dave happen to get his refund, we will post an update here.

We think Open Source Matters need to revamp the JED and verify that developers are able to support  the extentions that they provide and make sure that all extentions are secure, and are there to support the Joomla! community above all else.

If you have a problem with a  Joomla! developer that you think people should know about, about then drop us a line below and we will investigate.

We have emailed thakker for comment and input, but our emails have gone unanswered. Therefore, we have decided to publish this article as-is.

 

Update: Dave has been in touch to say that his review and warning which he posted on the JED was rejected by their moderators.

This is their astonishing reply:
“Your review for has been rejected because it contains a commercial dispute. Commercial disputes are not permitted in reviews. Although the JED does not get involved in specific disputes, please submit a Report so we can monitor trends.”

This appears to confirm our doubts about how the JED is run. If you cannot write a review and warn others when there problem, future purchasers of the extention are going to run into the same problems. This type of activity can only serve to put Open Source Matters, it website, and genuine developers in a bad light.

 

DeviantART.com now allows pornographic pictures, apparently (NSFW)

So, today I was browsing through DA and found a gallery who’s owner seems to have had a penchant of posting pictures of ladies bending over, so that their buttholes are wide open and other parts are on display.

Nudity has always been allowed on DA, and rightly so. Since the beginning of time people have been drawing pictures of nude men and ladies, making statues and when the camera was invented, nudity was at the top of the list.

Alongside nudity, there is something called pornography. Nudity in itself isn’t classed as porn, but porn usually involves nudity of some description and is intended on giving people sexual arousal. It is porn that is banned from DA, fortunately DA provides its users with a reporting tool.

Having used this tool to report a pornographic picture, I was presented with the following:

deviant art allows porn

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen you read that correctly. DA does not consider this artistic masterpiece to be porn! Incidentally, theres 1000’s of pictures similar to this one!

Whilst DA has a ‘mature content’ filter, by our reckoning, there should also be a ‘porn’ filter.

Despite DA being turned into a porn gallery, we reckon there are much better places to visit should you want a community which you can ‘get off’ to.

Try these social networks: http://www.kinkpeeps.com or a more fetish-orientated http://www.fetlife.com

For some artistic nudity (non-porn) on DA, try this: http://lizzisaurus.deviantart.com/

Enjoy!

No, facebook HAS NOT stolen your baby photos!

(or people uploading pictures of kids, and then wonder why their friends can see them)

Recently there has been some scaremongering and misinformation being passed on facebook.

Facebook has a system where a URL is generated if there is enough interest in a subject. When your browser asks facebook for this URL, facebook instantly pulls an article (usually Wikipedia) and displays it.

An example page (and the one that everyone is talking about) is:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-borns/114962655181942

Underneath there is a gallery which reads ‘Photos of my friends and New Borns’. You are the ONLY person that can see this gallery. For each person that views the page, it is different as they have different friends with different babies. The photos are still in the control of the people who post them. You will NOT see photos from people who are not your friends. You will NOT see photos that are not viewable to you.

Similarly, if you place photos of your children on facebook, they may show up on this page ONLY to your friends. Your photos are not shown to anybody other than your friends. If your album privacy is set so your friends cannot see them, then your friends will not see them underneath.

These have not been copied by facebook nor have they been uploaded by another person.

FACEBOOK NOR ANYBODY ELSE HAS BEEN POSTING YOUR KIDS PICTURES. Think about it… there would also be thousands of pictures of babies belonging to people you don’t know, wouldn’t there?

The biggest clue to this is the title ‘Photos of MY FRIENDS and NEWBORNS