I have an interesting file syncing problem. As part of my responsibilities, I have to keep track of changes in the US export regulations. The Dept. of Commerce makes the regulations available in two formats, HTML and PDF. The HTML versions are oddly formatted so I prefer the PDF versions even if they are harder to search. They're available in PDF on this page. I have been regularly going out to the page and downloading relevant documents that have changed but I'd like to automate this if I can. But there are some gotchas. [more inside]
I want to write a script to automate doing a search, retrieving, and parsing the search results from a website (a booking site similar to the search on www.hilton.com ). [more inside]
Beginner at PHP: Inserting form data into MySQL. I need to strip special characters out, for security and MySQL compatibility, but the options are overwhelming me and I've spent far longer on this issue than the whole project so far. [more inside]
Can I trust a web browser's language preference setting to determine whether to provide Spanish-language content to Latino immigrants to the U.S.? (NB: This isn't a technical question, it's a social question.) [more inside]
What is the best way for a web developer to create a custom "chat with the site owner" widget? [more inside]
Help me find a lost web app that sent HTTP requests. [more inside]
I've favorited xx number of questions on the green. The majority of the answers are book titles and or authors. I would like to create a compilation list from all the threads. [more inside]
I have a job interview in about 13 days, and it will be very technical, covering low-level linux, networking, tcp/ip, smtp, http. I want to know about some podcasts that might teach me a thing or two. [more inside]
I have a cheapo IP WiFi webcam, its video & audio feed is viewed via an ActiveX plugin in IE. I want to access theses feeds in Linux. I was wondering if there was some tool I could use in Win XP to monitor the network traffic on my PC when using IE to access the webcam, to get the full URLs to the audio and video feeds. All the tools I have used so far just give me the IP address and port, not the full http address.
As a self-taught PHPer, how much do I need to understand about Apache HTTP Server? Can you recommend any sites or books that would give me a good start? [more inside]
Some major websites--such as Facebook, Vox and others (but not Metafilter!)--have users enter username & password on an http page rather than an https page. Is this as secure as logging in via https:// and if so, why?
All HTTP requests time out, unless connected remotely via VPN. HTTPS (in my trusted sites) and FTP work fine. Somehow OpenDNS factors into this. [more inside]
The equivalent of ping for http connections? [more inside]
AskMe Programming Squad: Need some help with AJAX and a slightly unusual method of communicating with a remote server. [more inside]
How to code a Perl web app to upload/download HUGE files? [more inside]
Why would email and MSN Messenger work, but web browsing not? [more inside]
Apache2 security theory; mod_php versus CGI php and the use of suExec: What is the non-theoretical problem with running Apache2 with mod_php and thus without using suexec on a dedicated system? [more inside]
ADSL working but HTTP not working. [more inside]
I have an idea for a simple piece of software. It would involve intercepting browser requests, checking the requested url (probably not ip address, so before that conversion takes place) testing the url and redirecting if it passes the test. The test will itself make a network connection. [more inside]
I recently purchased an SSL certificate for my website and have configured an application to operate over SSL. It's working well. One thing remains: I want to make sure that if someone tries to access the application over HTTP, the browser page is redirected to the SSL (HTTPS) version. I am fairly certain the pages the application creates are PHP, but I am unsure. (They're not static, I don't think. They're all dynamically created through mySQL.) The entry point for the application is a subdirectory off the domain /kb/. I'll add more answers if you folks need it. :-)
Alternatives to lynx, wget and get from the unix command line? [more inside]
Why aren't my php files caching locally? [more inside]
I saw a really cool unix utility the other day blogged about somewhere, that in addition to some little boring http-ey tasks I can't remember, it also served as a tiny little HTTP-server-in-a-pinch like so:
./magicutil file.tarand boom, http://localhost/file.tar is alive. What was it!? Note: please don't try to find something that can /probably/ do this or show me a cool python script that will - this did some other cool stuff too I can't remember!
How do I set up a file server on a PC w/ dynamicIP and a client web GUI? [more inside]
I think the title explains it all: I'm looking to get a list of all files in a specific directory from a web server- www.site.com/docs/. The thing is, there's an index.htm file in that directory so if I browse to it, I just get the index file. Is there any way to find out the names of all files in that directory, scripting or otherwise? [more inside]
What's acceptable and best practice when it comes to passing data in on websites securely and non-securely? I've always presumed finanical information should be passed securely, whilst names and address were OK non-securely? Am I right? [more inside]
Is it possible to make an AJAX request work with an HTTP authorization-protected server script? [more inside]
Can I deliver a form thru http, post it back to the server thru https and be secure? [more inside]
I'd like a picture of just how much bandwidth the various TCP/UDP protocols (FTP, HTTP, NNTP, BitTorrent) take up along some large sample. Percent distributions would be fantastic. Anyone know where to get this data? My kung-fu helps me not.
Is DreamHost always this bad? Are they going to get better? [more inside]
Looking for a MP3 transcoder/server. My dream piece of software runs as an apache module or standalone http server. Clients request a resource, like http://server/content/filename.mp3, over normal HTTP, but the transcoder intercepts that request and streams the mp3 file at a set normalized bitrate and quality, transcoding if necessary, and only transcoding/serving the requested content. The resultant stream has to be compatible with shoutcast-style mp3 stream players (iTunes, Winamp, QuickTime.) Does it exist? [more inside]
How do I get the browser to prompt a user to save a huge file when I don't know it's size in advance? [more inside]
Is it possible to force gmail to open with https through the google talk client? [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for http analytics tools in the vein of HTTP Analyzer and Charles. Firefox compatibility and the ability to view the page and the data at the same time are big plusses.
How best to migrate from one domain to another? [more inside]
I'm having hit-or-miss connection trouble with a Russian topographic map website, which has ~ 4 MB JPEG maps online. It's been driving me nuts all summer. Here's the scoop... [more inside]
Form re-submission woes! How can I catch page refreshes and prevent form values from being re-submitted? [more inside]
Is there a limit on the size of a HTTP post? (Or any Aolserver doctors in the house?) [more inside]
Is there any reason why standard HTTP requests can't work the same as the BitTorrent protocol? It seems like this would allow websites to avoid the "slashdot/metafilter" effect when traffic surges to an individual site and overwhelms the servers. Seems like this could happen on the client side, with enabled web browsers passing requested data the same as a torrent client. I don't know enough about the underlying technologies to determine if this is a stupid question or not, so please be gentle as you take me down a notch.
What is the easiest way, in Windows, to sniff the HTTP (and HTTPS) requests and responses back from the server for an application that won't let you tell it to use a proxy? [more inside]
Domain mapping to a TypePad blog. For the past 10 days, I have desperately been trying to map a domain name to my TypePad blog. Every solution offered to me by either TypePad or my registrar seems to undo something else. I am trying to: have the domain mapped seamlessly (masked, I believe it's called), but also for the Permalinks (unique urls) to work. I am in over my head! [more inside]
Hoping to figure out how this URL redirects. [more inside]
Why do people hide their http_referer? [+MI] [more inside]
A family member of mine wants to set up a simple site for his home business - schedules of classes, some photographs, contact information, links, etc., and I have suggested that he use Typepad, which I use for a number of projects. However I think he'd prefer a non-weblog format, which leads me to my question: are there combined hosting/construction tools out there, like some of these weblog services, that have a good and very easy-to-use back-end, lots of design/format choices, but are more focused around a more heirarchically structured, top-down site structure?
Editors, tech-savvy folk, and grammar-obsessives, please help. I've been arguing about this with my fellow editors: Is it acceptable, in nontechnical copy, to drop the "http://" from the beginning of a web address that doesn't have a "www" in its URL? [more inside]