The machine ronweb.lcs.mit.edu runs a modified web proxy that does automatic failover to a DSL line that we recently had installed in lab, and to the lab's new 100 megabit connection from Cogent. When LCS is disconnected from MIT, or MIT from the rest of the network, it sends requests through the backup link. By using it, you get better browsing, and you help us conduct our research. Using the proxy provides three benefits:
http://nms.lcs.mit.edu/ron/ronweb/ronweb.pacFor the ad blocking version, use
http://nms.lcs.mit.edu/ron/ronweb/ronweb-noads.pacIn other browsers, for the normal version, set your HTTP proxy to
ronweb.lcs.mit.edu port 3128
or ronweb.lcs.mit.edu:3128 if there's no extra port specification.
For the ad blocking version, use:
ronweb.lcs.mit.edu port 3129Firebird / Mozilla users - note that the autoconfiguration support in some versions of firebird and mozilla is broken. When in doubt with these browsers, use manual configuration.
or ronweb.lcs.mit.edu:3129 if there's no extra port specification.
The autoconfiguration file makes your browser use the proxy only when browsing from inside LCS, and doesn't use the proxy for accessing MIT sites, or sites from which you need to have an MIT IP address (various library services, etc). If you manually configure your browser, make sure you only use it that way when browsing from LCS.
Clients are anonymized, and the URL is truncated at the CGI data markers, and the logfiles are private. We cannot associate requests with a particular user, and will never attempt to do so.
Send a note to Dave Andersen - dga (at) lcs.mit.edu - if you have questions or suggestions.
ssh -L3128:ronweb.lcs.mit.edu:3128 <your_lcs_machine>and then configure your local web browser to use localhost:3128 as the proxy. It's kind of a pain, and will slow down your browsing a bit (since it will tunnel everything in and out of MIT), but it beats coming in to work just to grab an article. You probably want to unset the proxy when you're done.
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