damn you ports 21/22, you suck ass. =( i cant upgrade this page with totally sweet updates because the intraweb service that the hotel uses does not let puTTy connect to aludra.usc.edu on any port. Update: The more that I research the problem, the more that I think it is an @usc domain issue where they are using a Nazi .htaccess file in thier Apache configuration. I guess usc isd sysadmins dont want Hungarian crackers using a proxy in the ABQ to access thier domain: use an Adelphia drone in the LA area instead. I'll open a ticket with them on the morrow.