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Watching IPlayer outside the UK

Tor is an anonymising network which allows people living in restrictive regimes to access the internet with relative impunity. If you know what you are doing you can use it to give yourself a UK IP address and watch BBC telly via IPlayer. This article tells you how to achieve same.

Why use Tor over other solutions? – Because it’s free, and because it won’t contain ads or malware, being an Open Source program.

What does this do? – It uses Tor’s Browser Bundle to connect the included web browser through UK only Tor exit nodes, which fools BBC IPlayer into thinking you are in the UK. The actual streaming still goes direct to your real IP address through Flash Player, so don’t use this if you want to remain hidden/anonymous, as it will definitely give you away!

My particular circumstances are that I am an English expat living in Ireland, but even though I can watch BBC channels through Sky or Freesat, the BBC block Irish IP addresses from IPlayer.

The steps are:-

  1. Download and extract Tor’s browser bundle.
  2. Manually copy the flash plugin into the Tor browser plugin directory.
  3. Enable plugins in Vidalia.
  4. Edit Tor’s config to only include UK exit nodes (preferably those with good bandwidth)

Postfix and network biopair interop: error reading x bytes from the network: connection reset by peer

Lately I have been getting “network biopair interop: error reading x bytes from the network: connection reset by peer” in my mail server logs, and my email client unable to send. My email client is Thunderbird configured to send via TLS. Googling the error doesn’t reveal very much other than it’s probably a transient network error/problem, or a broken TLS implementation at the client end, and that developers can be snooty. This is the second time I’ve had the problem. The first time I just disabled TLS and enabled CRAM-MD5 password authentication, so at least the password is sent encrypted. Today I decided to get serious, and find an ultimate answer to the problem.

Trawling through the various mailing lists reveals that “network biopair”, whatever that is, has been removed from Postfix as of December 2010, v2.8. Admittedly a bit of a long shot, I decided “what the hey” upgrading to Postfix 2.8 isn’t going to make things any worse, and it may sort the problem out.

The next problem then was how to upgrade to version 2.8, my mail server runs as part of an LXC container. Upgrading LXC containers is difficult because new versions of upstart, udev, ifupdown et al like to recreate device nodes, change init scripts and what not. Assuming you’re able to successfully complete the upgrade you will still probably be left with a container which doesn’t boot properly, or at all. I was hoping to stay with Lucid Lynx in the container, until support runs out, in the hope that the LXC boys would have made upgrades smoother by then, but how could I easily update to version 2.8 without either running from source, or running the gauntlet of the container upgrade? Further googling revealed that version 2.8 is available via backports so in /etc/apt/sources.list I added the following line and upgraded:-


deb http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-backports main restricted universe multiverse

It’s too early to say whether the problem is completely fixed. If it isn’t I will remove this post!

1 remote desktop client to rule them all – Remmina

One Remote Desktop Client to rule them all, One Remote Desktop Client to find them,

One Remote Desktop Client to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

Welcome to Remmina. Remmina certainly isn’t unique in the way that it covers all the remote protocol bases (well except for IPMI 2.0, maybe that’s a feature request developers?). The remote desktop viewer bundled as standard with Ubuntu also covers RDP, VNC and SSH, but it doesn’t offer the same level of usability, or the spit and polish that makes a killer app.

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