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Using mIDm

If you would like to try it out, the easiest way is to create an account, obtain an mIDm server location, install it in your browser, then access a new site.

mIDm Browser Configuration

Plugins for browser configuration do not yet exist (hint: here's something you can help with). Follow these instructions to set up your browser.

Firefox

Using a Firefox browser go to the User Agent Switcher Extension website and install the user agent switcher.

Once the extension is installed and the browser restarted, select 'Tools' from the menu bar, then select 'User Agent Switcher', then 'Options', then 'Options'. In the box that pops up, select 'User Agents' from the left-hand menu. A list of user agent names will be displayed; select one of those or add a new one (I simply selected 'Internet Explorer'). Click 'Edit'. In the 'Edit User Agent' box that pops up, in the second line (where it says 'User Agent'), add a semi-colon and then the address of your IDME script.

The following image shows (part of) the URL of an IDME script added to the 'User Agent' line (circled in red):

Clock 'OK', then 'OK' again to close the popup boxes. Then select 'Tools > 'User Agent Switcher' again and select the user agent that you just altered from the list.

Note: this slightly cumbersome process relies on an existing extension to amend the user agent. Presumably, someone will write a simpler extension that will simply allow you to input the location of your IDME script, and will automatically append it to the end of your existing user agent.

Warning: Messing around with your User Agent may cause some websites to react in an odd way. I am testing this now and have found no ill effects so far. But you've been warned.

Internet Explorer

Use Proxomitron for Windows (1 meg aprox)

The filter to use should look something like this:

[HTTP headers]
In = FALSE
Out = TRUE
Key = "User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows 98) idme"
URL = ""
Match = "*"
Replace = "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 6; Windows 98);http://www.downes.ca/new_login.cgi?user=YourUserID"

Also similar to Proxomitron but multiplataform is Privoxy (325K)

(Thanks to Daniel Guevel for this)

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I want and visualize and aspire toward a system of society and learning where each person is able to rise to his or her fullest potential without social or financial encumberance, where they may express themselves fully and without reservation through art, writing, athletics, invention, or even through their avocations or lifestyle.

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