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SelekTOR 3 now Open Source.

If you have been following my blog or the SelekTOR news posts here at Dazzleships you will know that I intended to take SelekTOR open source under the GPL 2 license and also discontinue the Windows version well I can now report that this has come to pass.

SelekTOR for Linux V3.06 and all its source code including the Netbeans build forms are now available for download on the SelekTOR page.

I have separated the Binary from the Source and made them separate downloads as over the next couple of months I will be continuously updating the Javadoc information contained within the Source download but without adding in any code to warrant a full version change.

The Javadocs information is about 85% complete and I will get the rest done when I can.

Alistair Neil

SelekTOR Media Patterns Updated

New SelekTOR media patterns are now available for download, these patterns will unblock the forthcoming blocks being implemented by the UK government on the following websites.

EZTV and YIFY-Torrents

Happy censorship free surfing to all.


Caledonia Computers is now Dazzleships Dot Net

Welcome to Dazzleships Dot Net the new home of the soon to be defunct

The reason for the change is rationalisation of the domains I currently own, basically the more I get rid of the more cash I save and less management issues, so cheap and lazy about sums up this Scot if I was also drunk I would be the perfect stereotype but the lack of cash prevents that.

If you notice any references to Caledonia on this website please let me know as I may well have missed a few in the rebranding.

Please remember to update your bookmarks.


OMD Metroland

The latest single from OMD, I just cant stop playing the damned thing its hypnotic and catchy.

Music video of the moment: The Fall, Gary Numan

Watch British TV abroad for free on Linux. (Updated 27 Aug 2014)

SelekTOR 3 for Linux allows you to watch online content provided by UK TV companies from anywhere in the world, so for those travellers that have paid their license fee and suddenly find they can’t get the latest depressing episode of Eastenders from their hotel room then this is for you.

The technical bit (you can skip this if your not interested in how it works and desparately need to find out what Dot Cotton is up to).
SelekTOR uses the Tor client to access the Tor network and the upshot of this is that some of your web traffic dictated by URL patterns is effectively given a new IP address via a Socks proxy based on the exit country you select, in this case the UK, and thus bypass the web block for more in depth information on Tor see The Tor Project.

Ok lets get everything installed:

1) Install Palemoon, Mozilla Firefox, Chrome or Chromium browser if you haven’t already, please note Chrome & Chromium will only work on the Gnome 2 & 3, Unity and KDE 4 desktops due to the way Chrome implements its proxy settings, other desktops such as XFCE, LXDE should use Firefox instead.

2) Install the latest Adobe Flash Player as you will need it to actually view the media content, this may also be supplied with your distro so check in your Software Centre or Package Manager first.

3) Install the Tor client, It will probably be supplied with your distro so check in your Software Centre or Package Manager first, otherwise you may be able to download it from here, please do not install the Vidalia package as it may interfere with SelekTOR depending on how its configured.
The chances are that once Tor is installed on your distro it will be installed as a service, you may want to disable this to save on memory usage although it won’t normally have any effect on SelekTOR.

4) Ensure the latest Java Runtime (JRE) is installed on your distro, requires Java 7 or OpenJDK 7.

5) Now download and install SelekTOR 3 for Linux, its free and open source, extract the contents and install from a console see the Readme for installation instructions.

6) Go to your Applications menu and you will find the SelekTOR menu item under Internet.

7) Select GB, Great Britain (UK)  as your exit country, once a Tor exit node becomes active, fire up your browser and you should now be able to access previously unaccessible content from BBC Iplayer, ITV Player, STV Player, Channel 4OD.

8) For best performance wait for SelekTOR to complete its first node testing cycle at which time you will be assigned to the fastest performing tor exit node and your browser experience will be far more responsive.

9) Troubleshooting tips if you should have problems:
Ensure no other proxy add-ons such as Foxyproxy are enabled.
Ensure that if you have Vidalia installed that it is disabled.
Ensure that your browsers proxy settings are set to “Use System Proxy settings” in the case of Firefox and in Chrome that none of the proxy options are selected.
See the SelekTOR page, for more detailed instructions if you need them.


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