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Detailed information about JAVA proxy: Sloppy
Proxy Name Sloppy
Language and version java version: 1.4
HTTP version 1.0
HTTPS Connect no
Windows NTLM support no
Last updated YYYY-MM-DD 2011-12-05
Platform all
Author Richard Dallaway
Home page http://www.dallaway.com/sloppy/
Primary features Bandwidth Throttling

From the product page

Sloppy deliberately slows the transfer of data between client and server.

Example usage: you probably build web sites on your local network, which is fast. Using Sloppy is one way to get the "dial-up experience" of your work without the hassle of having to install a modem.

License GPL
Design Architecture Threaded
  • Sloppy doesn't work as a real HTTP proxy so don't configure your browser to use it.
  • Sloppy doesn't look at the HTML that comes back to your browser. If the HTML contains absolute links, and you follow them, you will be browsing without sloppy. You see this when it happens because (a) the site will load very quickly and (b) the address bar in your browser will change from "http://localhost:7563" to something else.