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By: falcon | January 18, 2019

Now that the server has a long-term domain name, I have been adding e-mail software.  In light of this, I wanted to let members and prospective members know that I am not going to read anyone's e-mail messages, ever.

I still assert the right to check files in your home folder to make sure there is no illegal activity.  As this is an educational service only, I think that is a fair approach.  I already had one situation with criminal activity.  I don't like people who hurt or scam others, To prevent this happening, my only choices are to make the registration process much more difficult than it currently is, or to keep it easy but follow up with inspection of home folders.  Since this is a zero cost service, the latte...

Category: Server Info 

Tags: registration, abuse, email 

By: falcon | July 20, 2017

This morning, the power went out for the fourth time in about two weeks.  The shell server is directly connected to the power and although it is a laptop, the battery has no capacity and so it will turn off each time there is a power failure.  I turn it back on as soon as I can.


I don't know what is happening with our power grid, since prior to these two weeks, there hasn't been a power outage in two months.  And the power was steady for nearly a year before that.  But nonetheless, it is rendering my service quite unreliable.  I apologize to all users who have been inconvenienced by these outages.


What are my options?  I can try to obtain battery backup, either by purchasing another laptop with a working battery ...

Category: Server Info 

Tags: shell, server 

By: falcon | January 09, 2017

On December 31st, 2016, I changed the network scheme for the server.  It was set to DMZ and now it is not.  I forwarded ports 22 and 80 for the essential functioning of my shell service.  This effectively closed all other incoming ports for users of the server.  Quite a few of the users were running IRC bouncers, and I am aware that this has interrupted service for those users.


Since one of the reasons to close the ports was for increased security, I need to take some time to get a better understanding of the security issues surrounding this before I make a decision.  Originally, my intention was to provide an environment for learning and practice at the command line, which really doesn't need any ports to be opened.


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By: falcon | November 15, 2016

I was reflecting on my time spent looking for free shell accounts a few years ago, and I remembered all the trouble that I went through trying to get one.


I was really surprised by the amount of red tape involved in applying for a shell account on many sites.  I couldn't believe the idea that somebody wants a postcard sent to them in order to grant a free shell.  Then there were sites where you were supposed to get a vouch or two from other members.  I quickly grew hopeless with those as the resident members were rude and cocky.  And lastly, needing a "good" reason to get a shell has baffled me -- to this day, I still can't figure out what a "good" reason is.


There were some providers that did give me a shell, but I quickl...

Category: Server Info 

Tags: shell, registration