I've reviewed the publc caching service Coral CDN just a few days ago. Here is a short introduction to the service for those who have missed the article. Coral CDN caches websites, basically every website that one of its users opens for the first time. After caching the website, it becomes available publicly for all users who append nyud.net to the domain name of the website.
I mentioned a Firefox extension in the article that Firefox users can make use of to automate the process of appending the information to links and pages that they open in the web browser. While it works great for Firefox users, users of other browsers are left standing in the rain for now.
If Firefox is banned or not available like in my office you are stuck with appending the domain information manually. That's what I thought. One avid reader of my blog mentioned the blockstop coral cdn frontend to me and it is working nicely. It reminds me a lot of those web proxy sites. Enter a url, click get url and a blockstop frame appears above the sites content of the url that you want to visit.
This is not a proxy of course but a way to access cached pages through a web frontend without installing software on your computer or entering the url and extension manually. I will try this one when I'm at work today. (we only have Internet Explorer and many websites are locked out from the network) Please let me know if this is working for your special case and if you witness any limitations or drawbacks.
Update: The frontend is no longer available. Coral is however still making available their caching service. There has been a slight change though. It is no longer necessary to add :8080 to the web address that you want to open in your web browser of choice.
You can use the form on the Coral CDN website to load websites using the correct format right away.Advertisement
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