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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.


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...

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Tags: shell, registration