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Engen Crazy Team Grand Lottery - the results

It's that time of the year again, folks! Mauritius Information is proud to publish the Engen lottery results.

I obtained the image from the Engen Bagatelle Facebook page. They actually do an excellent job of posting the results quickly every year.
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The Anomaly

When you take a subscription with Mauritius Telecom and they come over for the installation, all the charges are sent to your first bill. You are not asked to pay anything at one of the branches. All these charges are thus paid when you receive your first bill except for one thing: a security deposit. This security deposit is Rs 1,000 for individuals, Rs 2,000 for businesses and Rs 5,000 for foreign individuals.

Forgetting Things

While the employee initially told me about the security deposit which would need to be paid separately in a branch after installation, I of course forgot. With Netflix, PlayStation and normal life, it is no surprise that this would slip off my mind. So when I got a call in December from Mauritius Telecom reminding me about the security deposit, I figured this was one of the various chores you just got on with and then forgot about again.

Anomaly #1: there's tons of waiting involved
Paying this security deposit, while relatively straightforward, can take qui…

Mauritius businesses doing home delivery are still not using GPS/online maps

It's 2018, and technology keeps advancing at a frightening speed. People are searching by voice, web platforms know more about us than our families, and self-driving cars are almost ready for a launch. Technology runs the world, and the world cannot run without technology.

Yet, in Mauritius, there are amazing things going on. Businesses that do home delivery still do not use GPS or online maps.  In the case of GPS systems, it is true that there is a cost involved. However, even in Mauritius, these do not cost that much. I was shopping around last year for a system for my car and the cost back then was around Rs 12,000 for a basic system. Ultimately I did not buy anything because my phone suffices for me to get around in places where I need to look up the address and I don't go in far-out places that much anyway.

However, if you run a business where home delivery forms a critical part of your operations, shouldn't you invest in these systems? I had several deliveries schedu…

The Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) does not use encryption on its emails

Today I am in shock. In great shock. So get ready for some reading.

Google is making a bit deal about online encryption these days. Chrome is blasting warnings all over the web, websites without encryption are being penalized in Google search, and SSL companies must be making a shitload of money.

Having worked on a number of projects involving SSL myself, I was checking out some of the major websites in Mauritius to verify which ones have made the switch to SSL. It turns out a lot, and this is very good news indeed.

At around the same time I was basically stalking Mauritian websites, I received my credit card statement from the MCB in my Gmail account. To clarify, I use only Gmail anyway. I am however focusing on this solely because Gmail belongs to our Lord and Saviour Google and Google is treating encryption and SSL as the Holy Grail of the internet. (Grail and Gmail. Got it? No? The hell is wrong with you?)

Upon checking my credit card statement, my attention was almost instantly a…

Analysis of Orange's 10M La Fibre package

I have the 10M fibre optics package with 75GB data plan. I usually only use half that amount mainly through PS4 updates/downloads, YouTube, Twitter and good old regular browsing.
Below are some tests I have been running on

This last one is what I'm getting most of the time these last days. I just cannot connect to the servers to run the test. Mauritius Telecom claim they were doing repair work on their lines for a couple of weeks, however the speeds are still really bad.

The two most read online newspapers in Mauritius don't bother redirecting their URLs

I stumbled upon this shocking discovery while cleaning up this blog as it contains links to specific articles on Défi Media and L' Express.

What is a URL redirection?
URL redirections basically allow a specific web page to be available under more than one address. They are convenient because as a web site grows, it is very likely (but not inevitable) that some links on our website will change. With a URL redirection, we can thus make a page exist under its old URL but also the new one.

Imagine if your web page had 1,000 links from great websites such as BBC, BuzzFeed and Huffington Post. If we had no other choice but to change the URL at one point, we would basically have to contact these 1,000 different webmasters and ask them to update the link on their respective websites. Obviously, this does not work because:

1) if you have time to reach out to 1,000 different webmasters to update one link, your online strategy is a mess
2) there is no guarantee that these guys will do it
3) i…

Engen Extravaganza results - 2017

I know a lot of people are still looking for the Engen Extravaganza results 2017, so I did some sleuthing.

Behold (click on the image for a larger version):

A few notes:
Yes, the ticket numbers are really small on the artwork. I can't do anything about that.Engen seem to be experts at doing a huge marketing campaign around their extravaganza and being quiet about the lucky draws.The guys at Engen Bagatelle have nothing to do with the marketing and the lucky draw, so don't be dicks. If you have something to complain about, direct your comments to the Engen head office.