COVID-19 update – UPS and DHL stop serving some Red Zones in some countries


The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading all around the world. This affects some places more and were labeled as “Red” Zones with high risk, where courier deliveries are banned.

UPS and DHL both announced Zip codes for such “Red” zones where they will not perform deliveries.

We put a link to their pages at our CHECKOUT page as these lists are updated frequently and we can’t follow up and code exceptions in our online shop:

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So please, at the time of ordering, check if your ZIP code is listed there. If your area is on the list, your parcel will just hang up in courier’s warehouse.

EMS service is terminated in Bulgaria, DPD and Airmail (posts) for the moment didn’t make any restrictions.

In Bulgaria we have a relatively low count of infected people and we at Olimex work as usual. Our government placed strong restrictions on public services and the travel of people between cities, but inside cities movement is not restricted.

SPECTRE and MELTDOWN attacks and OLinuXino and SOMs


The #spectre and #meltdown attacks were subject to great concerns in the last weeks.

Eben Upton made brilliant explanation of how and why they work in his blog post.

There is already project on Github which can be used to test if your ARM AArch64 processor is vulnerable to such attacks.

As Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A53 are not affected of these attacks this means all our boards with A20, A33, A64 processors are immune.

For A10, A13, AM335X (Cortex-A8), RK3188 (Cortex-A9) we need to do some further investigation.

Temporary suspension of the bank payments to Fibank



Few months ago we found that Fibank do not charge any taxes on the income payments and we opened account there, everything ran smoothly until last week.

One of our politics who own media group decided to attack through his newspaper his recent partner who is owner of one of the banks here named KTB.

The effect was panic and for one day people withdraw about 300 millions of EUR from KTB and this bank closed doors and asked Bulgarian National Bank for protection. Other people saw in this good opportunity to use this panic for their own interests and decided to apply same to Fibank which is the biggest bank with pure Bulgarian capitals. For 2 days 400 millions were withdraw from Fibank and although everyone says calm down, everything is under control since Friday we can’t log in the online banking system and there are tails of hundreds of peoples at the bank offices.

So for the moment we will stop the bank payment option from our web site, or have to revert to bank payment to our old bank account in United Bulgarian Bank which charges EUR 15-30 for all income transfers.

All this panic is artifical and we expect everything to calm down for a week or two, but we can’t operate with Fibank account till then, so we apologize for the inconvenience happen, but we will not be able to see your payment (on old orders which are paid by bank) nor to accept new orders with bank payment for the next 1-2 weeks, we will blog when we enable again these payments.


EDIT: at 10.00 the online banking in Fibank works again, so we can see if payments arrive, but we will wait couple of days before enable the bank payments again