Mar 212012
 

Problem

For some ridiculous reason, many (or perhaps all) shows on hulu.com cannot be watched when outside of the United States. This is the message you get when attempting to watch a video while in France.

We’re sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed within the United States. For more information on Hulu’s international availability, click here.

If you’re inside the United States and believe you’ve received this message in error, please click here.

This also applies to the following problems, which conveniently gives me the opportunity to include some keywords directly in my post.

  • How to use pbskids.org from outside of the United States.
  • How to listen to pandora.com outside of the United States.
VPN (Oversimplified)

VPN (Oversimplified)

Solution

There are simple solutions though. The simplest is to visit http://hotspotshield.com/, download the free version, install and enjoy.

Should Hotspot shield ever stop functioning or should hulu block access via hotspot shield, there are a number of other free Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to choose from (see http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/7-completely-free-vpn-services-protect-privacy/).

Why It Works

The basic idea is that whenever you visit a website while using a VPN, the VPN acts as a go-between for you and the website. The website thinks it’s dealing with the VPN when in reality the VPN is passing all of the information on to you. Generally this is not the main purpose of VPNs – they are used for security. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vpn.

Sep 182010
 

Facebook is more public than some people are aware. http://youropenbook.org/ is a site where you can search status updates which are marked as visible by “everyone.” Since searching for “my new number is” brings back a significant number of phone numbers, I’m pretty sure that people don’t realize that Facebook’s privacy setting of “everyone” may be their default. They’re also probably not aware that “everyone” doesn’t just mean everyone on Facebook – it basically means anyone using the internet.

 Posted by at 5:13 pm