On Tue, 2007-03-20 at 12:00 -0700, Gerhard Magnus wrote:
I finally found this priceless revelation in the book "Linux
Power Tools" by Roderick W. Smith (p.175):
"Some websites simply don't work well through a proxy..."
Ah yes, that's something so many of us realised through bitter
experience that you forget not everybody's aware of it. Lots of things
don't work through proxies (or NAT), sometimes because whoever created
them was ignorant about the issues, sometimes they're even wilfully
obstructive about it.
And there's many who've had to deal with an ISP with a crappy proxy,
even worse are the transparent ones that can't be avoided. Proxies, in
themselves, can sometimes be the problem, even with sites that would,
otherwise, work fine through a good proxy.
About the only time I'd contemplate using one now, is between the
internet and a bunch of Windows boxes about to use Windows update to
automatically update themselves. It saves on a lot of repetitive
downloads of large files.
But I'd avoid them for general browsing, as I've found it to usually
cause more problems than it solves.
(This box runs FC6, my others run FC4 & FC5, in case that's
important to the thread.)
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