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You can never have enough tools in your toolbox. Building a software toolbox is as essential to computer geeks as a huge metal toolbox is to a mechanic. No matter what you do, there’s some little proggie somewhere that can help you do it easier, better, more efficiently, or just with more style…
Style is a very important part of being a puter geek. It separates the Neos from the Neophytes… 😉
Anyway…if you configure routers and switches, you know what a PITA the command line telnet can be. Oh…and try to copy and paste. What a waste of time and clicks. It makes a hard task even more difficult. So what’s a geek to do?
Use PuTTY.
PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator. It is written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham.
You can download PuTTY from Simon’s site or take a trip through Tucows.
With PuTTY, you can telnet. You can SSH. You can configure which port you want to use. You can LOG YOUR SESSION. This comes in verrrrrry handy. Do a “show run” and log it. Then log off the router — analyze it OFFLINE. Or use the log to capture your access-list. It’ll be easier to copy and paste out of the PuTTY log file than try to copy and paste from that Spartan command prompt window.
It’s cool. It’s easy to learn. And it’s got STYLE….
Oh. And you should take a trip to Tucows anyway. It’s an awesome download site. No matter what you want to do, you can find some kind of software for it at Tucows. They have a ton of FREEWARE, mucho SHAREWARE, and bunches of demo versions of regular software. Need a file splitter? They have several. An email client? They have a looooong list. Go. You’ll see. But, don’t blame me if you fall into a time sink…. 😉

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