Tuesday, September 12, 2006

An ebay weirdness

I have just started to sell some junk (what else?) on ebay and came across a little nasty I thought I would document here. I was using Windoze (cough, cough), and Micro$oft Internet Exploiter. After quite a while I noticed that the web pages were no longer working properly. I could not enter the category of a new item and was getting a warning triangle on the bottom left hand corner warning of scripting errors. Several other people also get this and I saw a range of conflicting advice. However, on guy said to uninstall the flash player. I went to uninstall in the control panel. I did not see flash listed but I saw Macromedia shockwave player so I uninstalled that. Suddenly, ebay started working again! Go figure....

Saturday, September 02, 2006

privoxy on linux

Here's what I did to get privoxy working on linux, using the source tarball:- The unpacked source does not come with a configure script. You have say: autoheader autoconf before you can say configure;make;make install It builds and installs just fine once this is known. It installs into /usr/local/sbin with the config files in /usr/local/etc/privoxy. This is actually a mis-match - when privoxy is run from /usr/local/sbin it complains that it cannot find the config file /usr/local/sbin/config. Of course it can't find it! The files are in /usr/local/etc/privoxy! Create a symbolic link:- cd /usr/local/sbin ln -s /usr/local/etc/privoxy/config . Then the privoxy daemon will start up ok. Then you just change the proxy settings in firefox to point to for all protocols. That's it!