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nostrada
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Howdy,

 

I did search for this, but didn't find anything about this in the archives, so please forgive if this has been brought up before. You might find this a bit complicated to setup, so please take it with a grain of salt and as a heads up for the more hacker oriented folks amongst us. Sorry.

 

This is just a heads up for the hotmail users amongst us. You might have noticed that the URLs within a hotmail message have some strange garbage in their links. This causes not only the login to not work correctly but most likely allows MS to see and log where we go and what we do. Here is an example, we see the following

 

http://65.54.244.250/cgi-bin/linkrd?_lang=EN&lah=7ea820dc972509ec34445e418ff70316f2&lat=1058244324519&hm___action=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2egeocaching%2ecom

 

instead of

 

http://www.geocaching.com/

 

In Windows - sorry, no MAC knowledge here at my end - a wonderful tool can alleviate the pain considerably. I have made very good experiences with "The Proxomitron" (http://computercops.biz/downloads-cats-19-10-10.html).

 

After installation you will need to enable it in the browser, basically pointing your browser to it as a proxy. Once this works, you can use the following information to have it replace the hotmail URL garbage with the plain old URL:

 

Proxomitron Forum Post

Name = "Remove Link Tracking Redirects"

Active = TRUE

Bounds = "<a*>"

Limit = 300

Match = "0href=$AV(http*(http*)1)2"

Replace = "0href="$UESC(1)"2"

 

You can reach this screen by double clicking on the tray icon, then select "Web Page" under the "Edit Filters" heading. Now hit "New" and do not enter the "" except in the last line. Then apply and do not forget to enable it and to save your default config. Whilst you are on it, you can also exclude geocaching.com from being filtered. Drop a reply here if you are running into problems and I will try to assist. The above shown webpage has some decent info as well, but you will need to register. As a nice side effect you will start loosing some of the advertisements on the webpages. Do the right thing and allow geocaching to bypass so that they get their ads impressions, of course.

 

OK, I hope I didn't violate some long standing rules with this post, otherwise pls just let me know and take it down or so.

 

... where is it?

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Nostrada,

 

Cool. I don't use Hotmail, but I do use Proxomitron.

Was using it to block popups and ads way before they started dispensing pop-up blocker software.

If you have any more good Proxomitron suggestions for GC.com or Groundspeak, let us know.

 

I am unsure of what happened to the official page for them...oh well.

 

Kenneth

 

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Originally posted by nostrada:

Howdy,

 

I did search for this, but didn't find anything about this in the archives, so please forgive if this has been brought up before. You might find this a bit complicated to setup, so please take it with a grain of salt and as a heads up for the more hacker oriented folks amongst us. Sorry.

 

This is just a heads up for the hotmail users amongst us. You might have noticed that the URLs within a hotmail message have some strange garbage in their links. This causes not only the login to not work correctly but most likely allows MS to see and log where we go and what we do. Here is an example, we see the following

 

http://65.54.244.250/cgi-bin/linkrd?_lang=EN&lah=7ea820dc972509ec34445e418ff70316f2&lat=1058244324519&hm___action=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2egeocaching%2ecom

 

instead of

 

http://www.geocaching.com/

 

In Windows - sorry, no MAC knowledge here at my end - a wonderful tool can alleviate the pain considerably. I have made very good experiences with "The Proxomitron" (http://computercops.biz/downloads-cats-19-10-10.html).

 

After installation you will need to enable it in the browser, basically pointing your browser to it as a proxy. Once this works, you can use the following information to have it replace the hotmail URL garbage with the plain old URL:

 

http://asp.flaaten.dk/proxo/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=457

Name = "Remove Link Tracking Redirects"

Active = TRUE

Bounds = "<a*>"

Limit = 300

Match = "0href=$AV(http*(http*)1)2"

Replace = "0href="$UESC(1)"2"

 

You can reach this screen by double clicking on the tray icon, then select "Web Page" under the "Edit Filters" heading. Now hit "New" and do not enter the "" except in the last line. Then apply and do not forget to enable it and to save your default config. Whilst you are on it, you can also exclude geocaching.com from being filtered. Drop a reply here if you are running into problems and I will try to assist. The above shown webpage has some decent info as well, but you will need to register. As a nice side effect you will start loosing some of the advertisements on the webpages. Do the right thing and allow geocaching to bypass so that they get their ads impressions, of course.

 

OK, I hope I didn't violate some long standing rules with this post, otherwise pls just let me know and take it down or so.

 

... where is it?


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Yeah, the official homepage is no more. The dude in charge decided to not develop it any further. Pitty, but the current version rocks, so we should be OK. That asp.flaaten link seems to be a cool forum, you will need to register, but there is still heaps of activity there, if I am not mistaken. At least I found the fix for this Hotmail problem.

 

Next task will be an update how to capture webcams when you are doing a webcam cache without having a friend/mobile phone. "camembert"!

 

I love this "sport/hobby/addiction"!

 

... where is it?

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