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SOCKS proxy over SSH

Here goes a quick and valuable tip people don’t usually know, or at least a couple of friends of mine were not aware of. The two keywords will be SOCKS and SSH.

SSH connection automation

Part of my daily routine involves accessing and managing a considered amount of remote servers through the SSH protocol. I use screen a lot to ease the job by having a couple of windows opened on each server, so avoiding multiple connections to the same server. By using screen not only helps me grouping server windows altogether in one console window/tab but also is a time saver in those days when network connection is not in its glory days allowing me to reattach it and carrying on being productive (sighs).

Ended up buying an Apple…

I have an Acer laptop for about 5 years. It includes a generously 512MB of RAM, Intel Centrino 1.6Ghz (M730 processor to be more precise), ATI Mobility Radeon x600 64MB VRAM, 80GB HDD, yada yada yada. The battery is in an awesome shape if we consider the age and the usage I put on it during this time - previously 3 hours fully charged and now around 2 hours, so… I couldn’t have asked for better. Nevertheless, the laptop has an 15.4” display and weighs 3Kg with battery plus the charger which I have to take always with me otherwise the battery would ran out quickly. All this factors led me to buy a new laptop with the main features to consider and give more priority on the weight, battery and size. I didn’t want to buy again a new 15.4”, up to 4 or 5 hours of battery, and weighed laptop. Basically the requirements were: 12” or 13” screen, up to 2Kg, battery that lasted at least 7 or 8 hours (wireless and reasonable screen brightness), 4GB of RAM or more, and obviously a “good” brand (Sony, Lenovo, Apple, Dell, and HP were on top of the list), not to mention a decent price I could afford. A few hours/days later I decided to pick an Apple Macbook Pro 13” 2.4GHz, not because of the Mac OS X as some might be imagining by now but because of the hardware itself.