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Techy: How I investigated Counterpath Bria’s licensing issue

On Saturday the 12th of February 2010, myself and many other users of the popular Counterpath Bria VOIP Software started getting the message “The data received from the license server appears to be corrupted. Please try again and if the problem persists, contact Counterpath Support.”, but without any idea of what caused it. Many people contacted Counterpath’s support forums, but as of the time of posting the only official status we have is “It is being investigated”. However, I took it upon myself to try and figure out what had gone wrong and then if I could “work around” the issue. I knew from the error message that Bria was trying to contact the licensing server to validate the license, so the first step was to investigate what was being transmitted. Luckily, I had the very handy Charles Proxy and after installing its CA Certificate (so Bria didn’t complain about an invalid certificate authority when retrieving the data via Charles), I could see the communicaitons. Bria made a post to https://secure.counterpath.com/Service/LicensePool.sv/RegisterClientBinding with my license key, a hash of something on my machine, the type of product I’m checking the license for (Bria), the time my computer thinks it is, and…

Snippet: Weird Pricing on TheCloud

I’m just helping somebody find temporary wireless internet access (ideally free wireless in London), and I remembered The Cloud. Their pricing is a bit odd: for Pay as you go access, the price if £6.99 for 3 hours or £9.99 for 24 hours, or you can go for their subscription wireless access, it’s £6.99 for a whole month. There must be a snag there – who would pay for 24 hours access, when it’s cheaper to get 30 days?

Techy: Rounded Corners in Adobe Photoshop

Want to de-roughen the look of your site? Well, if you have Adobe Photoshop then you can follow the steps in this tutorial to add rounded corners to your photos to make everything that little bit more Web2.0 ish: http://matthom.com/archive/2004/09/10/fast-rounded-corners-in-photoshop

Techy: 10 Absolute Nos! For Freelancers

Wake Up Later has a list of 10 Absolute “Nos!” for Freelances which include (with my comments): Can you show me a mock-up to help us choose a designer/developer? When I worked for a web hosting company, we did waste a lot of time doing web site designs for people as “mock ups” and a few times we did see the ideas “recycled” in their finished design even though they hadn’t paid us. The percentage of “mock ups to completed projects” was quite low as well – meaning wasted time. Oh – and the number of people that said “I don’t like that mock up, can you do another”… Grrr… On the plus side, I’ve just realised that an insurance company that I wrote the billing system for nearly a year ago whilst at my previous employer is still in use, despite the pet insurance company having very little (if anything) to do with my previous employer now. Go me! Can you give us a discount rate? Am I the only person in the world that thinks “The price you see is the price you pay”? You don’t expect Tescos or Sainsburys to “haggle” the price of your food do…