I like my lapcat
My latest little tool, lapcat is proving incredibly useful.
My laptop now uses it to automatically reconfigure my proxy settings
depending on where I am; I just type
ssh hostname and connections happen,
either directly or through a chain of proxies... I don't need to know or
lapcat just decides for me.
Same for my browsing; when I am on a restricted network,
direct Firefox's requests to the local proxy server. When I am on an
lapcat routes connections though a
instance running on the laptop itself - effectively a direct connection.
So changing proxy settings is no longer something I need to worry about, I just sit down, open my laptop and get to work.
In order to make it truly magical, the next steps would be for
to autoconfigure itself by auto-discovering proxies on new networks and
automatically detect and route around filters and censorship...
I guess it's time to set up Tor again. :-)