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Month: October 2008

Wanted: a better proxy server

We in the library world have a problem. We spend a zillion-with-a-Z dollars subscribing to online databases, purchases which presume our ability to make sure only authorized people can look at them. The alternative is to be in breach of contract law, which I’ve been assured is something we’d like to avoid. The problem I see is this: The limitations of our proxy server software restrict how we can write contracts with our vendors. The standard approach is to define two types of access: By IP address. The person is sitting in front of the right computer (or has hooked…

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