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I am still here

Hey there my Ubuntu and KDE people! I am still around. I have my daughter for most of the month of August so I am currently AFK. I will be back in a couple of weeks full-time again. In the mean time if you need to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter @nixternal, or if you have my phone number you can call me there.

When I come back, I have a great review in the pipeline of a new ZaReason laptop that runs Kubuntu out of the box!

My daughter and I have been having a blast these past couple of weeks. We have enjoyed the weather, watched a lot of bike racing, and she got groovy with Ubuntu. She likes Kubuntu’s look better, but I hooked her up with some Ubuntu to play around with. She wasn’t down with the default look, so we found some themes, colors, and fonts, that she likes, and thus far she has been happy. I need more than an SSH backdoor, so if you have any ideas let me know. I would like to know when she logs on and gets online, but I would really like to know is her IP address automagically so I can connect and do updates and what not for her. I can probably do most of this with a little bit of scripting, but I am sure that 100% of the time she will be behind a firewall that doesn’t have ports for SSH open, so if there is something out there that you know I might be looking for, let me know. Oh, I need to figure out a way to prevent her pesky mom or grandparents from installing Windows on this machine, any ideas on that as well?

Oh, and Elizabeth, she one-upped you. She has pink braces :p

My daughter, myself, and Chris Horner from Team Radio Shack

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  • g-a-c

    If you’re not against free-as-in-beer software, Hamachi (from LogMeIn) is worth a look. Configured correctly, your daughter will have her own “public” IP (it’s from public IP space but not routable, I forget how it works) and it gets around NAT due to its VPNish nature, so that might be a solution for SSH.

    BIOS password and boot order which puts hard drive first? I can’t think of any more solid way of avoiding a Windows installation, since as far as I know there’s no backwards version of Wubi for installing Windows from Ubuntu due to zero demand πŸ˜‰

  • i got one of the zareason laptops w/ kubuntu too πŸ™‚

  • @g-a-c yeah, thought about the BIOS password, which will work, however her laptop has it so you can press a function key to select boot order. I need to check and see if that can be prevented or protected via BIOS. I will check out LogMeIn, thanks!

    @seele – yeah, this thing is sweet. Everything works out of the box, including WiFi. Has NVIDIA GPU, which I switched to the proprietary driver which is way faster and cleaner overall. Really nice and powerful laptop.

  • Cody A.W. Somerville

    Thats Chris Horner? He looks so young in that photo!

  • Steve

    Well, if you have a server sitting somewhere online, then have install a private key on her system, and a script that hooks into NM. This launches an ssh to your system with a remote port forward, i.e.
    ssh -N -Rxxxx:localhost:22
    Then you can login to her system with the following on your server:
    ssh -p xxxx localhost
    You will probably have to add some options to prevent conflicting host keys, and if you don’t have a static IP for your server, you could set up a dyndns entry. Also set up the daughter user account to run a locked down script so there is no ability to run commands. (i.e. trap Ctrl-C etc)

    This all assumes outbound ssh isn’t blocked. If it is, then you could try using something like corkscrew which would allow the same deal over an http connection, though I’ve never tried it. Then you can get your direct ssh access without needing to know her IP. After that you could use the nx client/server (which is excellent for interactive remote desktops) or vnc.

  • Andrei

    I used Hamachi under Ubuntu some time ago, but it had many problems. I switched to teamviewer, which is available as deb package, too. You can also create an account so that you can connect to your daughter’s PC from an web app.


  • @Cody, yup, that’s Chris alright. He has been one of my favorite cyclist for the past 10 or so years now. Always cool that we get to hang out with the club and get pics for the past few years here at the tour.

    Thanks everyone for the ideas, I will be looking in on them over the next week or so. I will report any and all findings once I find something promising. Thanks again everyone, like always, you all rock!

  • Tomas

    Eh, and what if SHE decides she wants Windows back?

  • g-a-c:

    Thanks for recommending Hamachi here- I appreciate it and it’s nice to know other people in LogMeIn community are as active in promoting LogMeIn as we are!

    If anyone has any questions about LogMeIn, please feel free to find us on Facebook or Twitter.


    Maggie Hibma
    Social Media, LogMeIn

  • BG

    Give n2n a shot

    I’ve used it successfully on a slew of RHEL boxes. No third party companies required, run it on one of your servers, and on a client, and you’re good to go.

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