So things that are happening which I cant really talk about in detail but are the reasons I am not blogging lots.

The Inclusive Improv team might be getting some new members and a 2012 spring season.

An album I have been working on is getting mastered for release.

The Audio Podcast is almost a year old.

I start teaching at a new university on Friday an incredible blessing.

Also I bought another computer but I am going to podcast about it.

And I am spending even more time in emacs and org-mode.

So that is what I have been doing these past few weeks.

So I spent last weekend at the Max 4_u convention with the rest of TheAudioPodcast team.

You can hear the show online here.

I had a great time at the convention, made some new friends, enjoyed some good patching and playing Max Articulate.

Particularly enjoyed, Bret Battey Compressed Feedback SynthesisJeremy Bernstein How I learned to stop worrying and love JavaScript and Luke Woodbury Max and special needs.




So if you visited the site yesterday you would not have seen much as I was taking part in the anti-SOPA protest by blacking out this site. While I hope it did not upset anyone I am aware that some offense was caused. I do however honestly believe that the passing of SOPA and similar legislation is a dangerous step, which compromise the ability of people to communicate and gain understanding.

On the Tuesday 24th January 2012, the US Senate will vote on the internet censorship bill.

Whilst it is an American law, it has far reaching repurcusions for the web as a whole.

There are many companies against SOPA, such as Google, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and today I am lending my weight to the argument by taking my site down for the day.

If you think SOPA doesn’t affect you, please think again. Watch the video below, or use the form below to force politicians to take notice.

So in the lead up to the Christmas holidays I treated myself by allowing a little light gaming with OpenTTD.

You can download my save game here.

I feel I should warn you that it is very addictive especially trying to build a rail network that can support lots of trains, something I have not yet succeeded in doing.

However I am going to stop playing now.

So after a few unsuccessful battles with VPN options I reimplemented my SSH Tunnel solutions.

ssh -ND 9999 user@host

Doing this offers you a socks proxy at the local port 9999 down the default ssh port.

If you are behind a firewall which blocks ssh a good option is to use port 443 just like https

ssh -ND 9999 user@host -p 443

If you do this though you will need to either get  your server firewall to reroute the packets to the correct port or else bind your ssh server directly to port 443.

And why do this?

Well if you are on an open wifi connection then this allows you to browse the internet privately without having to worry about people capturing your data. In fact doing this means you do not have to trust the wifi provider in anyway, as all of your communications that you choose to route through the tunnel are encrypted.

I feel this post should lead onto a post about keys rather than passwords or how to change the default ssh ports so it might.