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Ok my problem is this. My wonderful employer is using a proxy to stop all non essential browsing. Fair enough no problems there. The problem is the administrator is useless and is just using the default banned domains list. The problem is this includes all of Yahoo's yimg.com servers. This means I cannot use any Yahoo services as Yahoo, for some strange reason, has chosen to host all its CSS and Javascript on it's yimg servers.

 

So what I am after is an extension for Firefox that will automatically convert requests for things like us.js2.yimg.com into their ip which is 204.245.162.17 since I can access the servers that way.

 

I know I could just use a web proxy but I don't trust logging in on them.

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Unfortunately it's Smoothwall and it's hosted in our head office around 300 miles away. As weird as it sounds this site has a 2Mb cable connection that is used to set up a VPN with the head office and from there we have internet connection. Odds are I'll end up having to learn how Firefox add ons work and write my own. I can't see it being that hard since add ons can be written using javascript and I just want to change the domain to an ip.

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Well I've looked at writing an extension myself. The Javascript for what I want to do is simple. Just a case of looping through all tags in the page and checking for the src attribute then using regex to change the domain. It's the rest of it that's hard to grasp.

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What about Mike's last suggestion, put the IP in a hosts file on your machine? That way when you click on us.js2.yimg.com, your computer requests 204.245.162.17 from the network instead of letting corporate resolve the address.

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The hosts file is locked otherwise I would. Anyway this would be good practise for my Javascript skills I suppose.

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Find a new job? :thumbup1:

 

 

(sorry...not a big fan of locking people down that much unless your job is top secret work).

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Trust me they haven't got a clue. They have added my domain to the banned list because they are nice like that. Once they banned paypal but not ebay but now paypal is available again.

 

As to finding another job I am trying. I'm a web developer by hobby but the trouble over here is employers want a certificate or years of experience before they will believe you are capable of doing the job. I've already had several American friends tell me I'd be able to get a job in the States without any problems.

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