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netikras23397289dOohh I have done things.. Things clients' itsec folks would decapitate me on-spot. And that is the reason I cannot reveal my secrets.
But there were asking for it.. Geniuses were blocking their own domain! It's like you are working for Amazon, working on-prem and they are blocking all calls to *.amazon.com ....
halfflat2070289dBack in the early days of the Internet, the computers in our faculty were (eventually) blocked from connecting outside the University, which unacceptably interfered with our access to TinyMUD inter alia.
So I wrote a little daemon that would just sit and wait for incoming connections, and act as a proxy, forwarding everything back and forth to a remote address. (These days, of course, we have netcat.) Had a friend run it in a different department with external access, and life was good again.
Eventually someone is caught using this to access a MUD (oh, horror!) and our department's sysadmin goes trawling through all our home directories, and finds my little daemon's source code. I am interrogated: where did I get this? who wrote this?
The sysadmin could not accept that an undergraduate could read some RFCs and some man pages, and write some C.
irene2298289dOften I would sometimes do things like set up SSH through the windows update port which they didn't block. Or I set up a remote file share and mounted the remote folder basically turning the VM into storage so I could use my own tools. There are some hacky ways to take less bandwidth than a remote desktop.
Honestly I would probably just tell them that I am going to "start evaluating other options" because their tools are not something that I can cope with.
rickh323271dYou, Sir, are clearly a wizard. Pay thanks to your magics that helped you wrangle a shitty situation into submission.