15 Torrent Freak approved proxies/VPNs by cost, speed, access to iPlayer/London Olympics and more!

I profiled 15 providers from Torrent Freak’s Which VPN Providers Really Take Anonymity Seriously? by cost (monthly and yearly), max clients, speed, exit node countries (for the iPlayer in Britain, and Netflix/Hulu in the US and any high privacy/shady countries like Sweden or Romania), tunneling tech (OpenVPN and socks/OpenSSH because PPTP/L2TP/IPsec+PSK is a given) their acceptance of BitCoin and Tor exit nodes.  I left out metered hosts and any that fessed up to logging. Summary of the results after the

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Movie Player Mockup *Updated*

Update July 14th 2011, Additional commentary on my old design and changes to other UI’s since I first wrote this post. A brain storming session on the Moz usability list was sparked off by Firefox’s need for a better generic movie player UI .  After doing some best of breed analysis of current solutions and value mapping each UI element I designed some mockups. (more…)

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Testing Assumptions about the Tor Network

As part of an independent study course at the University of Washington, I spent time trying to improve the usability of Tor.  Tor is a network that forwards internet traffic between several computers to who the user that is accessing the site is and what sites a specific user is accessing.  My ideas on how to improve the network did not pan out, but my testing raises some interesting questions and it is best shared in an online format. (more…)

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