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LowEndSpirit got stock back in their Dallas, TX location, so I've added a proxy there since it's so cheap. 

I think that's the last one I'll be adding, until someone requests an additional area to be covered.  LowEndSpirit is the best deal for these proxies, and while I don't have a proxy in every city they offer, I do have a proxy in every general area (ie have one in UK, France and NL, so unless somone says they're not good enough I won't bother with their Germany and Italy locations).

And I just mentioned the fTelnet Proxies page in my last post, but this map is cool and worth a separate mention:

Check out the fTelnet Proxies map here.

I had a VPS idling in Toronto, Ontario, so I figured I'd re-provision it and get it up and running with FleckProxy!  So the first Canadian proxy is now online at proxy-ca-on.ftelnet.ca!

I've also created a website for listing the (now 10) proxies, which contains uptime statistics provided by Uptime Robot, and a "ping" test to let you know which one is likely to give you the best performance.  I put ping in quotes because it isn't a true ping, it's actually a measure of how long it took to establish a WebSocket connection, which will be 10s to 100s of milliseconds longer than it would take for a standard ping reply.  So use the value more as a comparator than a performance indicator.

Check out the fTelnet Proxies list here.

I just finished updating My fTelnet with a few changes.

First, and most importantly, I finally implemented the ability to add your own entries to the address book.  Previously you were limited to my default entries, which was kind of pointless!

Second, I've moved the client connection out of the main window and into a popup window (or new tab, depending on your browser settings).  This makes it so you can load multiple connections at once, and also simplifies my life because I can re-use the work I put into the embedded version of fTelnet.

Click here to check it out now!

Someone on DOVE-Net recently mentioned they liked the RIP support in the old fTelnet, but one day it stopped working (I fixed the problem after that, so it should be working again).

This made me think about all the effort that went into adding support for RIP (it was probably close to as much effort as all the other features combined...and that's only for partial support, full support likely would require more effort than all the other features combined), and what a waste it would be since I'm not supporting the old fTelnet anymore. 

But ActionScript and TypeScript/JavaScript are pretty similar languages, so I figured it probably wouldn't be too difficult to take the RIP support out of the old fTelnet and transplant it into the new fTelnet.  And it turns out it wasn't!  The screenshot below shows the experimental RIP support in the new fTelnet:

RIP

It's only partially ported, there are a few things I skipped to get it up and running, and then of course the original code wasn't a full implementation to begin with, so it's not ready for prime time.  But a small number of the RIP screens from the sixteen colors archive render quite nicely, feel free to log into my demo system and check them out for yourself.

As the title says, my.ftelnet.ca and embed.ftelnet.ca have been updated.  They're now both powered by fTelnet instead of HtmlTerm.  No, not fTelnet the old Flash based telnet client, but fTelnet the the new HTML5 based telnet client.

If that's a little confusing, here's a bit of history:

  • In 2010  I developed a Flash based telnet client and called it fTelnet
  • A month later I also developed an HTML5 based telnet client and called it HtmlTerm
  • In 2012 I stopped working on both clients.  fTelnet because it worked pretty good, HtmlTerm because fTelnet was better
  • In 2013 I started working on HtmlTerm again.  It quickly surpassed fTelnet in features and compatibility
  • In early 2014 I officially abandoned the Flash based fTelnet to focus on HtmlTerm instead
  • Now I've decided that since I have the fTelnet.ca domain, and no product called fTelnet, I might as well rename HtmlTerm to fTelnet

So the new fTelnet is just HtmlTerm under a new name.  I also ported it to TypeScript and added some new features in the process, but basically it's just a renamed HtmlTerm.

Saw lots of connections to proxy-us-ga after I switched it to FleckProxy, and there haven't been any complaints, so I've now rolled FleckProxy out to all 9 of the proxies.

So owners of the original iPad (or any other Apple device stuck on iOS 5, or owners of the HP TouchPad) should now be able to connect via any of the proxies!

If you run into any problems with any of the proxies, just let me know via the contact page.

I'm using websockify on all my public proxies because my public proxies are all running Linux, and I thought websockify was the only proxy that would run on Linux.  Turns out FleckProxy runs just fine, and since it also supports some of the legacy versions of the WebSocket protocol, I'm testing it out to see if I can switch to it. 

It would probably be best to test with one of the less popular proxies, but that would take awhile to get enough usage to know if it's going to work, so I've just gone ahead and fired it up on the most popular proxy, proxy-us-ga (aka proxy-us-atl)!

So if you run into any problems using that proxy, or the my.ftelnet.ca site, let me know and I'll switch back to websockify.

The first donation since March came in last week, so I figured I'd use it to open up a few more public proxies.  Jacksonville, Florida and Los Angeles, California are the second and third for North America, and the sixth and seventh overall.  Here's the updated list:

  • United States (California): proxy-us-ca.ftelnet.ca port 1123
  • United States (Georgia): proxy-us-ga.ftelnet.ca port 1123
  • United States (Florida): proxy-us-fl.ftelnet.ca port 1123
  • United States (New Jersey): proxy-us-nj.ftelnet.ca port 1123
  • Australia (Sydney): proxy-au.ftelnet.ca port 8410
  • France (Roubaix): proxy-fr.ftelnet.ca port 18910
  • Japan (Tokyo): proxy-jp.ftelnet.ca port 2710
  • Netherlands (Rotterdam): proxy-nl.ftelnet.ca port 9010
  • United Kingdom (Newcastle): proxy-uk.ftelnet.ca port 2910

None of these particularly close to you?  Let me know where you are and I'll see if I can find something in your area.  I've only spent half the donation so far, so there's enough for another 1-3 depending on the cost of each VPS.

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