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January 10, 2011 10:34:48.997

You might be wondering why I've disappeared from various places I normally show up during the day:

  • The Smalltalk IRC Channel
  • Google Chat
  • Etc

Well, it has to do with the constrained internet connection I have here at work. Skype works, but no other IM clients I've tried do. I can't get to IRC at all, and much of the wider web (including all streaming video sites) is just blocked. So... I can only see the full net after hours. Since I try to work long hours while I'm here (I leave early Friday to fly home), that puts me out of pocket for a large part of the day.

Eventually, I'll be able to work remotely at least some of the time, and things will be back to normal that way. In the meantime, I get a pretty decent amount of Smalltalk done, since there's so little distraction. Upsides, downsides :)

posted by James Robertson


Re: Disappeared

[Sean M] January 10, 2011 18:49:54.325

1) get a (free) devio.us shell account (or other shell account, you can use slicehost, et al)

2) setup putty ssh dynamic port forward tunnel

3) connect to shell

4) use mirc w/ socks5 proxy through your ssh tunnel

5) connect to IRC server as normal

you can do the same thing via Miranda (and jabber plugin, msn plugin, etc etc), you can use them via socks5 proxy

Infact any piece of winsock software that supports socks5 can be used through the proxy

Re: Disappeared

[anonymous] January 10, 2011 19:01:43.578

Oh wait you use a mac now, well I'm sure theres a way to do dynamic tcpip tunneling on mac too, I just don't know how!

Re: Disappeared

[James Robertson] January 10, 2011 20:30:49.820

Sadly, they block ssh outside the network as well :)

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