Posts Tagged ‘proxy’

TL;DR I thought I could put Squid in front of an SSH tunnel, but it can’t do that. Thankfully Polipo can do the trick. Why? I was quite happy when it was just spies that were allowed to spy on me (even if they might have been breaking the law by doing so), but I […]


A friend of mine recently returned from working in the US for 3 years, where he’d got to like listening to Internet radio using Pandora. He wanted to get things set up so that he could listen to Pandora on his kitchen stereo. Challenge #1 – be in the US Pandora uses IP geolocation to […]


Sadly it’s fairly typical for corporate web filters to block ‘unusual’ ports, which means that if you’re trying to access a service that’s using anything other than port 80 for HTTP and port 443 for HTTPS then you might be in trouble. I recently came across a situation where somebody was trying to access an […]


There has been a LOT of noise over the past week about David Cameron’s proposals to have default on web filters for UK ISPs (which seems to be happening despite it not being part of official government policy, and entirely outside of any legislative framework). Claire Perry (Conservative MP for Devizes) has been leading the […]


This should work for any service that only supports POP3S, not just gmail. You’ll need a Linux box/VM (I generally use Ubuntu). Background Since the mid 90s I’ve used Ameol to retrieve email. When I started using gmail I forwarded mail on to my ISP’s POP3 service and collected it with Ameol so that I’d […]


One of the big tech news items today is the launch of the much anticipated Google eBooks. Sadly the service is only available in the US at the moment, so I thought I’d have a poke around and see what the hurdles were. US Browsing Browsing from my regular connection at home I could only see […]


Since I started using Amazon EC2 as a web proxy I’ve found that I’m exploiting it pretty regularly. Every time that I see one of those ‘you can’t access that content from your country’ type messages I have a choice. I can give up and move on, or I can fork out 2¢ to spin up […]


I’ve been meaning to try this out for some time, and my recent trials with Amazon’s US Kindle Store prodded me into action. The theory Popular SSH clients (like OpenSSH and Putty) have features that allow tunneling. Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) normally have some way of being administered over SSH. So… start up an EC2 […]