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Old 12-11-2008, 07:26 AM   #1
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What do you recommend for controlling computer using web browser?


hi. i need your help. i want to control my computer through web browser. i'v got filtered internet connection at school and i sometimes need to see some forums classified as "web chat", mainly the ubuntu community/support. i have connection that is probably firewalled, ports open: should be ftp, http, https. computers have installed flash player on them. ssh doesn't appear as solution, the os is of course windoze xp. webmin doesn't appear as solution for me also, too complicated, bloated and overall c*ap. i need the graphical display, eg, firefox. well, text mode wouldn't be great but acceptable too. all the java apps that use internet connection are not working, checked. all alien exe's not openable. i need your opinion on what's the best solution to this problem.
 
Old 12-11-2008, 07:47 AM   #2
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Presumably if your network administrator has decided and made an effort to implement a filter to prevent you accessing "web chat" sites, then perhaps you shouldn't try to circumvent their efforts. Doing so might be against whatever usage policy applies at your school. I think this rule applies here:
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Old 12-11-2008, 09:40 AM   #3
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well, depends if you call ubuntuforums.org a "web chat". i think nobody except me in school is using this website. besides, i never go to the "misc" section. i asked if you could give me an opinion which _remote control tool_ would you recommend, not which _method of bypassing filters_. non-filtered internet is for me only the side effect.
 
Old 12-11-2008, 09:53 AM   #4
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i asked if you could give me an opinion which _remote control tool_ would you recommend, not which _method of bypassing filters_. non-filtered internet is for me only the side effect.
That's a convenient way of looking at the side-effect.
 
Old 12-11-2008, 10:05 AM   #5
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Ask administrator.

If you actually need the site, ask the administrator and he might let you in. My school my wife teaches at blocks a few websites by default that she needed, and they gave her access to them.
 
Old 12-11-2008, 10:12 AM   #6
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That's a convenient way of looking at the side-effect.
OK, now that's just funny.

Talk to your school about this. Tell them you need it for research. Try to work it out with out circumventing the system.

I can guarantee that if I were the admin running this setup, I'd quickly find you doing anything to get around the measures in place and shut it down. Best not to piss of the IT people...you'll find yourself locked down even more.

good luck
 
Old 12-11-2008, 03:09 PM   #7
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look, i _really_ look at unfiltered internet as a side effect. i just sometimes need to access my computer, that's all. i don't want to run around the school library with my usb stick, looking for some bootable computers, only to download the file i need. especially because almost none of the computers boot from usb and i sometimes forget my usb stick :/. just to let you know, the admins' hq is at the top level of school and the library at the lowest level. i don't feel like running up and down stairs just to get my linux forums working. besides, there are lots of people ready to take over your computer, all you need to do is to get leave your computer alone for 3 minutes. when i see a solution to my problem on one of the forums, i don't want to wait for few hours to try it out. the remote control soft would be very useful in this case.

//EDIT: malaprop : is accessing your own computer at home circumventing system? IMHO circumventing system is trying to bypass the filter/firewall/av/whatever in order to make something potentially unethical/malicious/unfair to others. accessing own computer in order to, for example download app and compile it on _my home_ computer doesn't fall under that cathegory.

// please people, stop OT. i just want to know a good remote control software. if using it would be against school rules (unlikely to be, as there is no clear AUP displayed), i'm gonna tell the truth - i didn't use it as a tool of any illegal activities. i really know what i'm doing. please, no more off-topic.

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Old 12-11-2008, 03:42 PM   #8
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could just be that you need putty portable...runs off a USB stick...if you remember it.
I've never seen a good web-based remote control package.

can you download things? you might be able to just download putty portable and run it, connect to your box and snag what you need.
 
Old 12-11-2008, 04:06 PM   #9
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If you just need access to files, run a vsftpd server on your home machine (forwarding the appropriate ports through your router), then you'll be able to access whatever files you decide to share from anywhere in the world with just a browser (no extra programs needed). Make sure you secure it properly, and use a good password for you user which you should be doing anyway.
 
Old 12-12-2008, 08:57 AM   #10
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all alien exe's not openable.
@malaprop - i would use putty if i could... the only thing is that you can't run anything else than you are told you can.
i'm looking for something like jooce.

//EDIT: @pwc101 - the problem is that if i forgot to upload file, the ftp server would be useless.

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Old 12-12-2008, 10:35 AM   #11
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@malaprop - i would use putty if i could... the only thing is that you can't run anything else than you are told you can.
i'm looking for something like jooce.
Sorry I missed that part.

Sorry man, not sure I can be of service. Do these machines have RDP client on them? If so, can you get to it and use it?

I'm guessing not.

But if it does, you might be able to do XRDP...

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Old 12-12-2008, 10:40 AM   #12
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@malaprop - i would use putty if i could... the only thing is that you can't run anything else than you are told you can.
i'm looking for something like jooce.

//EDIT: @pwc101 - the problem is that if i forgot to upload file, the ftp server would be useless.
Yes, that's obviously true, which is why I suggested setting up a secure ftp with good passwords (preferably on a high port number, not the default 21) so you could serve your whole "work" directory, thus you wouldn't have to remember to upload anything, it'd be there the whole time. However, there are security issues you'd need to be aware of for this to be safe.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 11:01 AM   #13
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Old 12-14-2008, 06:52 PM   #14
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I think you're down to trying a few yourself and finding out which one YOU like.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 08:46 PM   #15
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We're running freesshd on some of the Windows servers here. As well as a shell, they support secure copy and FTP as well as tunneling. That might let you get the data you need.

I don't think it's off topic for people to point out that you may be violating an access policy by doing this - I'd also recommend letting the admins know what you plan on doing, just in case.
 
  


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