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Google Webaccelerator Creep Out :o

Created: Sunday, May 8th, 2005
17:37:44 UTC
Last modified: Sunday, May 8th, 2005
17:50:44 UTC

So I used WebAccelerator for a day. A working day. On nothing but largely static pages and didn't realize how *evil* it was until I got home. I was immediately assaulted by the realization that I had not logged in to this site via Internet Explorer (which I have not used in days) and yet there I was, logged in as HopeSeekr. I immediately went to the neighbors, installed webaccelerator and viewed incendiary.ws again. This time, too, I saw I was logged in as Hopeseekr. Then I tried accessing the CPanel for the entire site. It worked :o

That scared the hell so much out of me. Then I read a few minutes ago, over at 37signals.com, that WebAccelerator 'clicks' on *every* link on a page, and then it *suddenly* made sense.

My number one gripe was that I had to *continuously* hit refresh over and over and over again in every browser I used, because incendiary kept saying i was "logged out". I initially reasoned that Google was sending cached version of the page; but every time I logged in to a new browser I saw the cached page as "HopeSeekr logged in". It finally dawned on me after reading that article that the damn webaccelerator was 'clicking' on the damn logout link every time I viewed the page :-( I also had the same problem with slashdot, even though it supposedly prevents WebAccelerator from working.

That's just so scary.

Google.com was down — all services — for over 2 hours yesterday from 3:15 CDT to ~5:30ish. When it came back online, I noticed WebAccelerator had reached its limit, and I can't seem to shake the idea that these two events are *very* related:

Thank you for your interest in Google Web Accelerator. We have currently reached our maximum capacity of users and are actively working to increase the number of users we can support.

Yes, seems fishy to me. I just wish Google would go down for a longer period — days?? — and thus lessen its monopolistic grip: 97.8% of all websearches leading to xMule.ws come from Google. That is *scary*.