Today’s computers Internet question deals with anonymous Internet browsing using Tor and Vidalia.
The Tor network is a grassroots system for maintaining anonymity online. Personally, Ithink that no amount of anonymity is guaranteed. Also, Tor has some known exploits that could make it potentially harmful to use. Still, it is understandable to want to have some semblance of anonymity online, especially knowing the kind of government that we now have.
A Tor / Vidalia problem
A reader question we received pertains to the use of Tor with Vidalia. Specifically, the user says that Vidalia locks up at about the halfway point through startup saying, “Loading Network Status” after this, nothing happens. Vidalia never completes loading and Tor is never enabled.
Solving the “Loading Network Status” issue usually involves setting the system clock. I don’t really know why having the wrong date and time on a computer makes Vidalia not work, but that is almost always the cause of the error that is in question.
Set your system clock and everything should work well.
Alternate DNS system
Earlier, I mentioned the growing government threat against our God-given human rights. As the government usurps even more unconstitutional power, look for even more domain name seizures through the American puppet, ICANN. These seizures highlight the need to get off the government-dominated grid and onto an offline or peer to peer style DNS system that will allow people to freely navigate online resources.