[olug] Shell accounts? [OT?]

Rob Townley rob.townley at gmail.com
Fri Sep 22 10:14:04 CDT 2017

There are places that give you more than a shell, a free virtual machine.

https://www.clearvm.com/#clearvm-pricing    sounds like free hardware in
the cloud.

On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 1:20 PM, Ben Hollingsworth <obiwan at jedi.com> wrote:

> 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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