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« on: Jul 14, 2010, 03:56PM »

Hi,

A couple of days ago, I was in Prince George, B.C., and tried to log into TTF.  All I got was a message announcing that I was forbidden access to the server.  When I checked in next day from Tacoma, WA, all was cool.

What gives?

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« Reply #1 on: Jul 14, 2010, 05:43PM »


Were you using a mobile device?  If so, you were probably experiencing a known problem discussed in another thread.  Even if you weren't using a mobile device, it's likely you were experiencing the same problem.

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« Reply #2 on: Jul 14, 2010, 08:39PM »

Yeah, I guess.

I should have done a search before posting.  Nevertheless, I was using a conventional laptop with a wireless connection through the hotel chain.  I'm guessing, and I'm a technological idiot, that the hotel chain's wireless connection may have been the problem.

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« Reply #3 on: Jul 17, 2010, 03:23AM »

After many years of happily accessing TTF from the works PC (in my tea breaks, of course!), I now get that same message. Access from the home laptop is still fine. As Todd says, this problem is probably part of the larger one described above and certainly happened at around the same time..
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 17, 2010, 11:03AM »

Maybe the hotel chain and now RHM's workplace have put in blockers that refuse access to dangerous and subversive websites like the TTF.  Kinda like what schools do to block email and porno and other questionable web destinations from the kids.
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 21, 2010, 06:16AM »

There's a number of proxy sites that can be used to bridge the gap for a lot of things.  Like watching Dr. Who on bbc.co.uk, when you live in the states.  I'm not sure if that's related, but useful to know when all else fails.

http://www.nixiepixel.com/youtube-proxy/
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 21, 2010, 08:04AM »


wwwShadow7 writes:

> There's a number of proxy sites that can be
> used to bridge the gap for a lot of things.

Problem is, this particular error appears to be *caused* by proxies.  See the thread linked to my previous post above.  If you can find a public proxy server through which this problem does *not* occur, a significant number of folks in the TTF community will be in your debt.

   
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 21, 2010, 04:45PM »

The only success I have with proxies is to install every browser available.  And when I need to use a proxy, I give each of the browsers a try.  One of them generally works.  Proxies are a bit hit and miss anyway so you have to try a good half dozen before you find a combo that kind of works.  Gratuitous latency and all that jazz.  There's a few that you can run on your local network as well.  So far IceWeasel is the only one that works reliably (loosely interpreted) for me.  Epiphany, and Konqueror, not so much.  And you can generally do that translate via google trick to view a site you otherwise don't have access to.  From english to english.

But it's not the only cause of issues.  I've had sites behave poorly because of MTU settings (even though every other site on the planet works just fine).  And other DNS / routing issues where your DNS doesn't resolve the local variant and the non-local one doesn't want to play.  Plus with IPv6 stuff being more common these days it can get weird fast.
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