Archive for October, 2009

Mgeni: a perspective access browser

Mgeni is a little browser, forked from Arora, that makes it quick and easy to browse websites and access web services that are geographically restricted. For example, Mgeni allows you to view BBC iplayer even if you’re not in the UK.

How does it work? When browsing the Internet with Mgeni your requests are directed through the Tor network so that they appear to websites to be coming from the country of your choice. Naturally, this means you will need to install Tor, as well as Mgeni, to get going.

Mgeni is meant to make perspective access easy, and as a side-benefit incentivize users to run Tor servers of their own.

Mgeni is a spin-off from my other project, Torora

Mgeni in use

Mgeni in use

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Wireshark Dissector: TN5250 Protocol

Finished this a while ago, and it’s close to reaching wireshark trunk. The patch is available here. The TN5250 specs and whatnot are available here . I’ve also created a TN5250 reference page on the Wireshark Wiki . As a protocol, TN5250 is only marginally less bizarre than it’s daddy TN3270. Oddly, it was also harder to code for – maybe state machines were all the rage at the time but they make a dissector’s life much more fussy. In summary, yet another typing-trial by endurance. Still haven’t figured out my motivation for doing it!

TN5250 Dissector

TN5250 Dissector

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