[olug] Shell accounts? [OT?]

Ben Hollingsworth obiwan at jedi.com
Thu Sep 14 13:20:35 CDT 2017

Sounds interesting, but I wonder how well that would work over your 
typical hotel WiFi connection where they restrict which ports can get out.

On 09/14/2017 12:53 PM, Jon Larsen wrote:
> Ben,
> Have you looked at Port knocking for your home firewall?
> https://n0where.net/ssh-port-knocking/
> Jon L.
> On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 9:40 AM, Ben Hollingsworth <obiwan at jedi.com> wrote:
>> On 09/13/2017 10:26 PM, Herb Wolfe wrote:
>>> Does anyone know of any providers of shell accounts? I'd prefer local or
>>> free. I've been using Internet Nebraska for some 20-odd years, and they
>>> are
>>> going to drop shell access soon. Web hosting is a bonus, as they've also
>>> changed their setup for that as well.
>> Yeah, that made me sad.  My shell account at falcon.inetnebr.com is my
>> longest-standing Unix shell account, at 23 years.  I created the second
>> login account on that machine in June 1994.  I'm sad to see it go.  I can
>> understand why IN is making that change, though.  We live in a different
>> world now than we did back thenk.
>> I can live with losing direct vi access to my main web site's HTML files,
>> because I've been slowly converting that web site over to Wordpress for a
>> while now (it's big), and I run a web server on my home machine for those
>> one-off instances when I need to temporarily serve something without
>> Wordpress.
>> The biggest bummer, nostalgia aside, is SSH access.  In order to keep the
>> log file noise to a minimum, my home firewall restricts which IP blocks are
>> allowed to SSH into my home computer.  On the rare occasion when I need to
>> SSH in from an unapproved network, I was always able to SSH into falcon
>> first, then jump from there to my home machine.  That route is no longer an
>> option, so I'll probably have to open up the firewall again.  Or maybe I
>> can just paint with a bigger brush & block foreign IP's using that list
>> that somebody posted recently.
>> It was also handy to use my shell account on falcon to get a second
>> opinion when I was seeing odd network behavior from home.  That'll be
>> annoying to lose, too.
>> I'll have to check out freeshell.org and sdf.org.

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