How to use Google Gadgets with Tor? - Is this possible?

Matthew pumpkin at
Sat Jan 15 20:40:43 UTC 2011

On 15/01/11 19:02, Mike Perry wrote:
> Thus spake Matthew (pumpkin at
>> To cut a long story short after having removed TorButton, NoScript, and
>> HTTPS-Everywhere and therefore leaving just Tor I still cannot get Twitter
>> to work from Gmail.  I am using Firefox.
>> The Twitter icon and drop-down box partially loads (but not as normal when
>> I am not using Tor).  Clicking on it appears to load some Twitter functions
>> e.g. "transfering data from" but Twitter does not
>> load.  Eventually all loading messages just stop and the screen stays as
>> Gmail.
> I've noticed that some mashup services mysteriously break when Google
> decides to give them/you a captcha. This could be happening to you. You
> could try to solve a google captcha by issuing some queries and/or
> using Google maps first, to see if this makes any difference. Usually
> once you have the cookies for a session that solves a captcha, Google
> does not make you solve another.
Mike - thanks for your advice.

This is not an issue for me.  I do not get a captcha.

> You could also install an addon to observe the requests your browser
> uses in both non-Tor and Tor accesses of this gadget to see if the
> requests appear different for some reason. That may help diagnose the
> cause:
I installed this add-on.

I wiped my cache and cookies and used the headers and generator tabs with 
just Polipo and Tor running (no TorButton, NoScript, etc).

Then I logged into Gmail and waited until everything fully loaded then 
clicked the Twitter icon and waited until Twitter fully loaded (although as 
mentioned one does not see the Twitter screen when using Tor).

There were two "warnings" from the headers that looked like this:

Server: Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS)
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.1.6
Set-Cookie: PHPSESSID=crm7nfld6en7aei64tnhmkif72; path=/
Pragma: no-cache
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Age: 1
Connection: keep-alive
Warning: 110 localhost:8118 Object is stale

These warnings did not appear in the headers when doing the same action in 
a non-Tor state.

I can only find this exact text once and it does not refer to Tor: 

The HTTP-headers addon generated 120K of text from the "headers" and 
"generator" tabs simply from attempting to load Twitter with Tor.  
Therefore there may well be other content of interest which I did not 
notice but the two warnings were the most overt.

Any ideas?  Thanks!

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