“Kokos” the pelican has returned to the Pafos Harbour, putting smiles on tourists and local’s faces alike, especially those of children. He is friendly, harmless and likes posing for the cameras.
Having seen him this time, I thought I’d do a little research about the history of the Pafos Pelican. Click the link below the photo to read more.
Taken with a Canon Exilim EX-1200
Video clip sent to me by my friend Malcolm from Peyia, Cyprus. The sea was so rough that the water was breaking over the harbour wall. Lucky our common friend Brian was not out sailing that day!
On December 8th, 2011, the Cyprus Mail reported that a ship ran aground at the Sea Caves area of Paphos between Coral Bay and St. George’s Island due to bad weather. This is not far from Paphos’ other shipwreck, the MV Demetrios II which has its own facebook page and is yet to be removed. A few days ago my friend Brian from Peyia sent me a couple of pictures of the new shipwreck, which I share with you.
Now all we need is for Google Maps to be updated so that we can find it, like we can find MV Demetrios II.
But it doesn’t stop at eCommerce, or what you think of as eShopping. JCC is used by many government and semi-government services for bill (and fine) payments. Those services, either sucked in and forced to use JCC, or who are using JCC because they know no better, are doing this via a site called jccsmart.com (don’t forget the “www.” prefix in front of that if you want to see their website; CNAME records and ServerAlias directives haven’t reached JCC’s NOC, that’s all).
My story is about a bill payment to the Sewerage Board of Pafos (S.B.P.). This is an annual bill which relates to the construction of the new sewerage system and I have successfully paid it online via jccsmart for a number of years already. Today however, I am greeted with an error message.
Communications error while establishing connection. No such host is known SocketException thrown by System.Net.Dns.GetHostByName(“Server”) in resolving the hostname.
Eh? JCC fix it! Right? So I send the screenshot to JCC only to receive the following reply from them:
The problem is from the Paphos serves and not of JCC. Please contact ΣΥΜΒΟΥΛΙΟ ΑΠΟΧΕΤΕΥΣΕΩΝ ΠΑΦΟΥ (Σ.Α.ΠΑ.) to correct the problem.
Did you get that peeps? If the serves are down, call and try to explain that the socket exception, no wait… revolver dns hostname… thingy, is broken and you need to fix it. Oh and you best ask for Panagis because he knows how to use Excel real good.
For completness of this post, this was my response:
It is not my job to contact SAPA to correct the problem.
If anything, it is JCC’s.
What business do I have with socket exceptions?
Surely, your developer(s) need to pick up the phone to resolve this issue.
After which of course I have received no response… and so I ask… isn’t this just rude and unprofessional of JCC? Or is it just me? If you’ve had any similar experiences with JCC, I’d like to hear about them. This is not the only JCC flaw that bugs me… there is more, such as when they convert my EUR to USD, then from USD to X (and all the surcharges all along the way) when I buy anything which is not EUR or USD, but that’s another story.
And JCC, we are not idiots, GetHostByName needs a valid hostname as a required parameter, not the word Server. You might find that if you fix that then, and if you get it right, GetHostByName will return the IP address of the Server you are trying to connect to. Here are some possible hints which are all legal hostnames: