To view this page, you should have the most recent Java installed
32-bit JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.8.0_20.
This Applet will run online in your browser, but it is a hybrid you
can also download, install and run it on your own machine as standalone
application. It will start and run faster if you do that. It will also
work safely even if you have disabled Java in your browser.
Available is a simple whois Applet that will probe any server on the Internet to tell
you if it is available/up/running. It does a ping probe via ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol)
and the UDP (User Datagram Protocol)
echo port 7. The server may appear to be unreachable if your firewall blocks these
probes. Available also probes the home
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) page via
TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) port 80. As a side effect, it will tell you the IP (Internet Protocol)
address given the host name, or the host name given the
IP address. You can also
run it as a standalone utility:
Java Requirements and Troubleshooting
Available is a signed Java Applet (that can also be run as an application) to Available site detector. You are welcome to install it on your own website. If it does not work…
Often problems can be fixed simply by clicking the reload button on your browser.
Make sure the Java in your browser is enabled in the security tab of the Java Control panel. Click Start ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Programs ⇒ Java ⇒ Security ⇒ Enable Java Content in the browser.
If the security system is blocking you from running the program, at the bottom of that same security tab, add http://mindprod.com to the Exception Site List.
This signed Java Applet (that can also be run as an application) needs 32-bit or 64-bit Java 1.7 or later.
For best results use the latest 1.8.0_20.
In the Java Control Panel, configure medium security to allow vanilla unsigned applets to run. If medium is not available use high security and add http://mindprod.com to the Exception Site List.
It works under any operating system that supports Java e.g. W2K/XP/W2003/Vista/W2008/W7-32/W7-64/W8-32/W8-64/W2012/Linux/LinuxARM/LinuxX86/LinuxX64/Ubuntu/Solaris/SolarisSPARC/SolarisSPARC64/SolarisX86/SolarisX64/OSX
You should see the Applet hybrid above looking much like this screenshot. If you don’t, the following hints should help you get it working:
For this Applet hybrid to work, you must click grant/accept to give it permission to talk to various servers on the net.
If you refuse to grant permission, the program may crash with an inscrutable stack dump on the console complaining about AccessController.checkPermission.
If the above Applet hybrid appears to freeze-up, click Alt-Esc repeatedly to check for any buried permission dialog box.
If you have certificate troubles, check the installed certificates and remove or update any obsolete or suspected defective certificates. The only certificate used by this program is mindprodcert2014dsa.cer.
Especially if this Applet hybrid has worked before, try clearing the browser cache and rebooting.
To ensure your Java is up to date, check with Wassup. First, download it and run it as an application independent of your browser, then run it online as an Applet to add the complication of your browser.
If the above Applet hybrid does not work, check the Java console for error messages.
If the above Applet hybrid does not work, you might have better luck with the downloadable version available below.
If you are using Mac OS X and would like an improved Look and Feel, download the QuaQua look & feel from randelshofer.ch/quaqua. UnZip the contained quaqua.jar and install it in ~/Library/Java/Extensions or one of the other ext dirs.
If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9, try another browser. Seriously. Microsoft has taken great pains, over and over, to screw up Java and every other multi-platform standardisation.
If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9, you must click to allow blocked content permission for Active X to run. This also gives permission to Java to run. Click the Information bar, and then click Allow blocked content. Unfortunately, this also allows dangerous ActiveX code to run. However, you must do this in order to get access to perfectly-safe Java Applets running in a sandbox. This is part of Microsoft’s war on Java. Don’t put up with it! Use a different browser.
If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, makes sure the Java Plug-In SSV helper add-in is installed and enabled.
If it is not, try reinstalling the Java JRE.
If you have Windows 7 64-bit
and Internet Explorer 64-bit,
in theory you can use 64-bit Java,
but I never been able to get it to work.
Try upgrading to a more recent version of your browser, or try a different browser e.g. Firefox, SeaMonkey, Safari or Avant.
If you still can’t get the program working click HELP for more detail.
If you can’t get the above Applet hybrid working after trying the advice above and from the HELP button below, have bugs to report or ideas to improve the program or its documentation, please send me an email at.
I don’t have a proxy server myself, so I have not been able to experiment with
getting Available to work with one. It may simply be a matter of setting some Java
properties with the -D option on the command line. It would
probably be easier for you to experiment with Available run as a standalone utility than
an Applet. In my opinion, proxy servers should be transparent to applications. The
current proxy interface sounds like the work of teenage programmers who live on cheap
pizza and don’t change their underwear. If you are successful at getting proxies to
work with Available, please pass on what you did.
Available is free. Full source included.
You may even include the source code, modified or unmodified
in free/commercial open source/proprietary programs that you write and distribute. Non-military use only.