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July 9th, 2004

Free shell accounts

I remember Freenets. They used to be so prevalent… organizations dedicated to providing free internet access or shell accounts to the public. But, in these days of the highly commercialized Internet, I thought they had all but disappeared.

Then, Meredith pointed out the SDF Public Access UNIX system. Anyone can get a (nearly) free UNIX account with e-mail and web space as well some of those great little tools that you can only access from a UNIX command line (c’mon… you know you want to use pine again!). All you need to do is validate that you’re not a spammer (which is done by mailing a single dollar through the US mail) and you’re set. And if you want to add ssh capability (a feature that’s becoming harder and harder to find amongst web hosts), there’s a one-time $36 fee.

It made me smile to sign up for an account. Whether I use it for remote testing/pinging of servers or just backup storage in case one of my web sites all of a sudden crashes and burns, it’s nice to know it’ll be there when I need it.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 9, 2004 -- 11:29:23 pm
You say all of this like I dont have a copy of Pine running on my PC as we speak. ;)

FROM: Chris
DATE: Saturday July 10, 2004 -- 11:16:10 am
When I'm out of town I use Pine to check my personal email account.

FROM: dalton
DATE: Tuesday September 21, 2004 -- 7:58:36 am
I'm a programmer so i love programming . I need a shell account for learning and deverlopment my application and applet

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 21, 2004 -- 9:34:38 am
Well, good! Then you might try clicking on that there link up there!

FROM: Nicholas Sedjko [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday October 4, 2004 -- 1:02:42 am
Some times i can't understand why people elementary do not use search engines to find free shell provider.
OK, i will put some links for you
1. - free shell lists
2. also the same
3. Regards to free shells

DATE: Monday May 9, 2005 -- 6:19:09 am

FROM: thihazin
DATE: Wednesday June 8, 2005 -- 3:34:32 pm
Can i get a free shell

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday June 8, 2005 -- 6:24:23 pm
Go to the seashore and ask around for Susie.

FROM: anon [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday June 10, 2005 -- 7:28:35 pm
goto the webpage, to get a instant username + passwd - the machine is allways up and allows anyone to upload exploits and try to comprimise the server.
you can visit the guy who runs the server at - ec is his name but he is rarely around.

FROM: anon [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday June 10, 2005 -- 7:28:36 pm
goto the webpage, to get a instant username + passwd - the machine is allways up and allows anyone to upload exploits and try to comprimise the server.
you can visit the guy who runs the server at - ec is his name but he is rarely around.

FROM: ClubIrc [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 28, 2005 -- 3:01:32 pm

FROM: Qzone
DATE: Saturday July 2, 2005 -- 3:55:27 am

FROM: Wallace Brindle [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday July 6, 2005 -- 1:00:04 pm
Thanks for the info / Nota Bene:

At my backroomstuff page there are some more excellent free shell links, just scroll down a bit past my unretouched photo; almost all these feature applet browser (no install, no download, public internet facilities ready) access

Keep in touch, wyncha?(!)

FROM: Indra
DATE: Monday July 11, 2005 -- 3:14:32 pm
I want to psybnc, where i cant get,
I need free,

FROM: isko [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday October 26, 2005 -- 5:44:57 pm
Welcome !!

FROM: basix
DATE: Saturday October 29, 2005 -- 7:05:17 am
i just want to try to use shell for learning

FROM: guest [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 1, 2005 -- 2:17:30 am
I'm unsure if any freeplace will let you run a psybnc, but has tons of irc stuff stop by and ask.

DATE: Monday November 28, 2005 -- 11:08:17 am
Want A Free Shell.... AceShell Will Help...

FROM: momo
DATE: Saturday December 3, 2005 -- 7:12:26 am
Cant I Ask ! What Sites does have free shell for Windows user

FROM: jack [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday January 1, 2006 -- 7:16:39 pm gives free shell accounts, they allow IRC access to.

FROM: tolip
DATE: Friday January 6, 2006 -- 3:36:01 pm

FROM: shyheim
DATE: Wednesday January 18, 2006 -- 3:30:18 pm
what is username and passowrd on free shell site Shell is working but don't have a username and password read me somebody :-)

FROM: mark [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday January 28, 2006 -- 10:29:53 am
offers SSH access and alot more...

FROM: Danyel
DATE: Monday February 13, 2006 -- 6:39:57 pm
i need 1 shell account but free (i don`t have money :() with 2 begraund conection... for 1 bouncer and for 1 eggdrop (protection bot) for my protection und for get a messages by my friends... Thanks!!!

FROM: Spfy [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday June 25, 2006 -- 7:56:02 am
Check it! Looking for a free shell account? Full access!!!

ulimits set and a disk quota of 50MB channel

Hostname: xeon - OS: Linux 2.6.15-25-server/i686 - Distro: Debian testing/unstable - CPU: 4 x Intel Xeon (2658.225 MHz) - Processes: 119 - Uptime: 10h 26m - Users: 5 - Load Average: 0.00 - Memory Usage: 106.77MB/2026.91MB (5.27%) - Disk Usage: 0.98GB/44.25GB (2.21%)

FROM: emanuel [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 7, 2006 -- 12:19:31 am
server ircd please date yes !

FROM: Spfy [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday July 9, 2006 -- 7:58:48 pm
Yup you can host an ircd too. :)

Come check us out we are the most popular free shell services offering everything that other free services don't!

Join the irc server at and join channel

FROM: sleepsleep
DATE: Monday August 7, 2006 -- 1:31:16 pm looks NICE! :P

Spfy January 19, 2008, 3:51 am

Well, seems that is still around. That link no longer works. We still provide free shell accounts. 🙂

dewa_ncc October 6, 2008, 9:40 am

Walaa…please bring me 1 shells

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