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|06-02-2008 02:39 PM|
Mac OS X workaround
Originally Posted by bestfriend View Post
Second, it's possible to mess stuff up doing this, so be careful, make backups before you attempt it, wear a Nomex suit, etc. Third, it's a pain to do on a Mac, mainly because you have to work around the Mac's security (IMO, it's a very good thing that this is hard to do).
The easiest, least nerdy way I can think to do this is to get a text editor that can deal with the Mac security system, such as BBEdit (commercial) or its free (and very capable) sibling TextWrangler. I'm sure there are other editors that will work; these are what I use (old habits die hard).
|06-02-2008 12:47 PM|
|06-02-2008 12:44 PM|
|bestfriend||NOPE! BACK UP TO 15 SECONDS. Mike, can you explain the fix to me? Where is the host file and what do I post to it?|
|06-02-2008 11:53 AM|
Much improved here too
Much better, and the widget-remote-script.js file that was taking > 30 seconds to load last night is now loading in ~2 seconds.
|06-02-2008 11:01 AM|
|Freesail99||Yes, it seems faster.|
|06-02-2008 11:00 AM|
|teshannon||It's been almost unusable but seemed ok just now.|
|06-02-2008 10:38 AM|
For those who want to apply justmike's excellent fix and want instructions that are more spelled out (though this might still be hard for some):
Goal: Add a line to a file called "hosts" on your computer. The file is called simply "hosts" with no extension.
1. Find the file. On the Mac: justmike says it's in a folder called "etc". On Windows: go to the folder C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc. You may need to choose "Show hidden files and folders" in the Folder Options menus to see this. OR on Mac or Windows, search for the file (Windows: ignore the hosts file in the I386 folder--that's not it).
2. Open "hosts" in a text editor. Sorry, Macs, I don't know what yours is called, but I bet if you doubleclick on the file the Mac will open it. Windows: use Notepad by doubleclicking on the file and choosing Notepad from the list.
3. Go down to a line below all the lines that begin with "#". Type this in starting at the left:
127.0.0.1 w w w.youchoose.net
Don't put the spaces between "w w w"--I had to put those there so it wouldn't get turned into a link here. You do need at least one space between127.0.0.1 and www.
4. Save the file.
5. Restart your machine (I believe Windows requires this--don't know about the Mac.
|06-02-2008 01:35 AM|
Some detail for the admins
(This isn't anything that will help an end user, but perhaps might help the admin(s) get to the bottom of this.)
jmike@sigh % time wget http://www.youchoose.net/widgets/wid...mote-script.js
--2008-06-01 23:30:54-- http://www.youchoose.net/widgets/wid...mote-script.js
Resolving www.youchoose.net... 18.104.22.168
Connecting to www.youchoose.net|22.214.171.124|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Saving to: `widget-remote-script.js.1'
[ <=> ] 37,303 --.-K/s in 0.03s
2008-06-01 23:31:29 (1.06 MB/s) - `widget-remote-script.js.1' saved 
Also, the time taken to perform this was almost entirely after the resolution of the host name, so it wouldn't appear to be a DNS problem:
jmike@sigh % time host www.youchoose.net
www.youchoose.net has address 126.96.36.199
In case there was any doubt, yes, I'm a big ol' nerd.
Please ping me directly if I can help in any way.
|06-02-2008 12:52 AM|
|bestfriend||I checked Firefox just to see, same problem. Its been this way for several days. I won't be back until they get it fixed or I post an update for Simon.|
|06-02-2008 12:29 AM|
Originally Posted by therapy23 View Post
IMO, a good short-term solution for non-technical users would be to use Firefox, as it's reported to work well with this widget.
Long-term, getting a fix from the developers for the problem (I'll volunteer to beta-test/debug, if that will help), or just remove it if it's not worth the effort.
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