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Using Google to View MySpace or Any Restricted Site
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Google Mobile

Another great way to bypass your proxy server is by using Google Mobile. Google Mobile is designed to let users perform a Google Search on their mobile phones. As such, the result returned by Google Mobile is automatically formatted to fit on small screen devices.



To use Google Mobile to load a site, use the following URL format:

http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=www.websiteurl.com

For example, the following URL will load YouTube.com:

http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=www.youtube.com

Figure 3
Figure 3. Loading YouTube.com via Google Mobile

In my testing, I found that using Google Mobile is very effective in bypassing the proxy server. The only problem is the page display, which requires you to click several times in order to view a complete page. But heck! If you can view a banned site, what are you complaining about?

Google Cache

The last technique to bypass your proxy server is to use the Google Cache. When you search for something, Google will return the sites that match your search keywords and, if possible, at the same time present its own cached version. It is highly likely that the site you want has already been cached by Google. For example, Figure 4 shows the search result when I searched for MySpace.com.

Figure 4
Figure 4. Using Google to search for MySpace.com

Clicking on the Cached link shows me the home page of MySpace.com (see Figure 5).

Figure 5
Figure 5. Viewing the cached snapshot of MySpace.com

Using this technique, you should be able to view most of the sites you want. The only downside to this is that the content cached by Google might be outdated, and some images may not load at all.

Summary

In this article, you have seen three ways to use Google to bypass your proxy server. Because Google is such a popular search engine, it is unlikely that your administrator will "blacklist" it. Have fun with Google!

It should be noted that not all of these techniques are necessarily unique to Google. Some of these methods will also work with the other major search engines; for instance, the Cache method works the same way on Yahoo Search and MSN Live. Yahoo also provides a translation service called Babel Fish that can similarly forward web pages, but it does not offer an English-to-English translation option.

Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft MVP) http://weimenglee.blogspot.com is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions http://www.developerlearningsolutions.com, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies.


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