Global Mod Team
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Congleton - The centre of
Replacement 404 pages
Because I work from home, I have to use a VPN so that I can get at company websites which are behind a firewall.
If my VPN connection has dropped out and I try to access those pages, I get a '404' page - basically a message that it can't be found.
This would not be a problem, if it weren't for BT 'helpfully' having their own landing page which automatically comes up when it detects a 404 error, instead of just a text message instead of the actual page as you would normally see.
The upshot of this is that the first I realise my VPN is down is when I see the BT page. And then I restart the VPN, and try to reload the page I am trying to access. But I can't. Because it has now been replaced in my cache by the BT page address, so it loads that again instead, despite me now having access.
So the only way I can find to load the actual page I want is to go into the favourite, copy the full web address, paste it into the address bar myself, and then hit enter and IMMEDIATELY, before BT have the chance to put their stupid oar in, hit the keyboard shortcut for a hard reload of the page. Except I can never remember, is it SHIFT F5, or CTRL F5? And I have about 5 milliseconds to hit it or it doesn't work.
So, in short, it's a COMPLETE PAIN IN THE ARSE.
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