Defying the goons

Wow - It seems like forever since I've written anything on the site. A couple of things have conspired against me in this. Namely, (1) my jack-booted, corporate network thugs cracked down on internet access and are monitoring (and screaming loudly about) access to non-work related sites and (2) after sitting at a keyboard all day long, the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit in front of another one for the evening, especially when the best connection I can usually get is around 21600 bps. Oy.

The network monitoring has only curtailed my surfing by a small amount. I now keep my browser on work related sites with auto-refresh turned on. My numbers are probably through the roof. They'll get over it.

And I do that only under protest. The software that they are monitoring with has no credibility with me since it categorized this site under "Games." Where that comes from I have no idea - in the nearly two years this site has been up, I can only think of two games that I've ever linked to. On the flip side of that, another site that was on the list, which links to at least one game a week as a feature, was listed under "Special Interest/Forums" or some such thing. I don't recall exactly. I shredded the list. It was that important to me.

I still visit sites that I read daily, only now I do it in a way that they can't monitor. I ssh to a friend's box on which I have an account and read the sites using lynx. It's not optimal but it works. And my guess is that, because it's not http traffic, it doesn't even register with the monitoring package and is all but invisible except for a small blip on the bandwidth graph.

Which brings me to the other reason why I can't post anything from work. Lynx. Even though it properly renders submit buttons and the like and forms work fine on sites like Google (among others), I get errors when trying to post an article on the blog. Bummer.

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Re: Defying the goons

I highly recommend w3m, which should be installed on the machine to which you ssh. If it's not, we can yell at the appropriate people, and get it installed there. Once you use w3m, lynx will be forgotten.


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OK - I just got in and fired up w3m and... oooooo - this is shiny! Proper page layout and everything. Where was I when this came around? Wow, I'm so out of the tech loop these days. I apparently need to figure all of the necessary keystrokes involved in navigating and such nifty stuff, but it's a huge step up from lynx. Thanks, DrB.


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Yeah, but w3m is slow - at least on moose.qx.net it is. --Moose --- Thanks, David Pitts<a href="mailto:dpitts@mk.net">dpitts@mk.net</a><a href="http://www.dpitts.com" title="http://www.dpitts.com">http://www.dpitts.com</a>


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True. I was noticing that. But the increase in functionality seems to outweigh the decrease in speed - at least for the time being. I'm amazed that my wheel mouse even works given that I'm sshing two boxes away. I still have to go through a hugely convoluted process to see any pictures, though. Download them to the moose box; scp them to the krietz box; then scp them to my local box; then flip back and forth between the associated text and my local image viewer. Luckily, I only do this regularly for one site (2 pix, 3 times/week). I guess I can live with it until something better comes along.


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Oops - my mistake. The wheel mouse does indeed scroll but it only scrolls my terminal window. Must...have...more...coffee....


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&gt; I still have to go through a hugely convoluted process to see any pictures, though. Download them to the moose box; scp them to the krietz box; then scp them to my local box; then flip back and forth between the associated text and my local image viewer. I think you should be able to do this with one script, run from moosebox. Pseudocode: wget $url -o $filename scp $filename me@krietzbox:/home/me ssh me@krietzbox -c "scp /home/me/$filename mylocalbox" Put that in a script on moosebox called getpic.sh, then run a script on your local box that calls that script (or calls a script on krietzbox that calls the one on moosebox), then fires up the local image viewer. If it works, you're down to just one step! Let me know if this works. :-)


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It's pretty much a moot point now. They have changed the network yet again - this time it's ostensibly to help us so we don't have to login to the proxy server anymore. But the net effect is that the only software that can connect to the net at all is IE. I can't use Opera, putty, any ftp client - nothing. BrBourbon showed me a Java ssh client that runs in the browser and I gave it a try, but it chokes at the firewall. So I've resigned myself to only accessing some things from home. Which means that blogging will be somewhat lighter until I either have a different job where I can stretch my legs just a bit or a faster internet connection than a dialup that averages 21600 bps.