It's been about a year since I setup the first proxies, so it's time for renewal for some of them, and I'm going to be shaking things up as a result:

  • proxy-jp will be going away. It had great uptime, but was hardly ever used, so might as well invest in other locations that will see more traffic.
  • proxy-nl will be replaced. It has the second-worst uptime, so there's no point wasting money on it. I'll be ordering a RamNode server in the near future -- their USA locations are amazing, hopefully the NL location will be as well.
  • proxy-uk will be going away. By far it has the worst uptime, and it's probably close enough to proxy-nl or proxy-fr to not bother finding a replacement.

All three of the old hostname/port combinations will continue to work, but the connections will be routed via the new proxy-nl server.  This is ideal for the old proxy-nl and should be pretty good for the old proxy-uk, but proxy-jp users (if there were any) might want to update their settings to use proxy-au instead.

I've removed proxy-ca-on from the list of proxies, as I've found another use for the box it's running on.

From the logs I can see it wasn't used too much, but to avoid breaking things for the few people that were using it I've updated the hostname to point to the IP of the next closest box, which is proxy-us-nj (when I tested my ping times at proxy.ftelnet.ca it was only about 20ms slower, which isn't bad considering it's about 7x further away from me than proxy-ca-on was).

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:


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.

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