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Use Google Docs As A Simple Rich Text Web Proxy

If you’re at a location that filters out a site you want to visit but allows Google sites, this clever work around allows you to browse blocked web sites.

It certainly has limitation: you won’t get pictures, video, javascript, or other advanced web content. You will, however, get the text and the basic formatting–consider it a Rich Text sort of browsing experience.

The secret sauce is a Google Docs spreadsheet that calls up the HTML code through the Google servers (instead of via regular DNS requests at your local machine). Watch the video to see it in action and then hit up the link below to read more about it.

Use Google Spreadsheet As A Proxy [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/2/12

Comments (5)

  1. Enes
  2. Johann

    If you’re allowed access to Google sites, run a proxy on Google App Engine.

  3. chesko

    It’s a nice tip. but the engine doesnt work properly and certain pages crashed often

  4. Paul

    Nothing beats ControlByMail (vic2pc.com) for viewing blocked websites at work. Especially when Google is also blocked, making this tip useless.

  5. John

    You can also try Collatebox http://www.collatebox.com/

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