Ask HN: What Are You Working On? (August 2023)

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  • Kraker-Local-Proxy-Server

    A local proxy server based on Node.js for use with desktop web browsers. Primarily intended for website hacking. Includes HTTP, HTTPS and Socks5 ports with integrated DNS and DNS-over-HTTPS.

    A tool for scraping websites. Not intended for parasitic web scraping but could probably be used that way. My interest is in stealing video links from sites that try to hide them. I like playing movies and other content on a video player that is external to the web browser. Getting video links is not always easy (Rumble, for example, doesn't try to hide it) but it can be deviously hard to grab from pirate web sites which use many tactics to block access (obfuscation, encryption, special headers, etc.). Sometimes this requires mocking the website (to get past the bot challenge, for example) and possibly inserting code into the site JS to pass information across a websocket to my app.

    It's an ongoing project that started with a simple browser-based video player and has expanded to a full-featured proxy server which works with the browser to bypass cross-origin restrictions and other techniques to prevent unauthorized access to a website.

    Planning to release the new updates soon (which I have not done for several months).

    If you're curious:

  • Bitgrid

    Bitgrid - a new model of computation

    I was working on a BitGrid simulator[1], but I got stuck. I got the emulation running, and at a reasonable speed too. (I can emulate a 1024x1024 bitgrid at 34 Hz on my desktop machine).

    I'm stumped as to how I should do I/O. The primary aspect of the bitgrid is that it's an FPGA with zero routing fabric, but clocked to prevent race conditions. This means that results could be skewed. I could either force the outputs in parallel before output, or have the output handler deskew them externally.

    It's silly that I'm stumped at this point.


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    Appwrite - The open-source backend cloud platform. Add Auth, Databases, Functions, and Storage to your product and build any application at any scale while using your preferred coding languages and tools.

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