Victory at Last!

It has been my dream since Diamond went WFH two and a half years ago — March 18, 2020 — to connect my Linux Mint install to the work VPN.

I have tilted at this windmill for two and a half years, and for two and a half years its arms have thrown me and my trusty coconuts to the ground again and again.

Today, I smote that windmill. Today, I let forth a barbaric yawp.

A screenshot showing Diamond's IT Support website and my Neofetch
A screenshot showing Diamond’s IT Support website and my Neofetch

The screenshot won’t mean much to anyone outside of Diamond, but I have my browser open to two websites — NewsManager and the Diamond IT website — that are not accessible outside of Diamond’s network, overlaid with my Neofetch that shows I’m running Mint Vanessa.

When my phone buzzed from the two-factor authentication, I held my breath. And when the network icon in my status bar changed to show my network connection was now different, I was awed.

It worked! It finally worked!

Now to find a remote desktop client so I can, y’know, do work.

Tomorrow I’ll document what I did, because someone else may want to someday. Or, heck, I may need to redo it all myself.

Published by Allyn Gibson

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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