[ubuntu-uk] Mobile internet proxy

Andrew Oakley andrew at aoakley.com
Tue Feb 19 09:20:35 GMT 2008

Chris Rowson wrote:
> I've been pondering upon the possibility of setting up a vps as a
> mobile internet proxy.

I've did pretty much that that, using squid. Instead of image 
transcoding, I simply replaced all images with a 1x1 pixel transparent 
GIF. The result was effectively a "text only" proxy, ideal for keeping 
laptop GPRS bills down. It was simple and worked rather well.

I stopped using it when I discovered the "Image Show Hide" addon for 

Note that it is incredibly easy to misconfigure Squid so that it proxies 
all kinds of things, like SMTP for spammers. Oops.

Andrew Oakley

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