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Python on a public library computer

Here's my situation:

I'm typing this in a public library on a computer with OS windows 2000
server. I can run Internet explorer, word, excel and powerpoint, that's
it. Maybe java, but it seems to be flaky.

I want to run python scripts from this computer. At home I have a
multi-computer network (from better times) but no internet access
anymore, I could use this to try out solutions. I also have access to a
friends computer which has internet connection, but I can't visit his
place all the time. He's away often but he's got a life of his own :-)

So I'm thinking of running some kind of python webserver from a
dedicated computer over there (visualizing some cherrypy webpage based
interpreter at the moment) but I would like to know other options.
However it would have to run from a webpage here ...

For example I would like to run a python script over there (e.g.
getting news from a usenet server) which puts the output in a zipfile
on another webpage so that I can fetch it here with the Internet
Explorer.

There seems to be no traffic load problem since there would be only a
few users (but it could become popular fast?). Also I'm worried about
security issues, but not so much that I would consider installing some
large scale payware professional solution.

Let me know what you think, unless it costs money. On the other hand
money would solve this problem so if I can do something to get that it
would be even better.

Anton

[the things they make you go through ...]

Jul 19 '05 #1
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"an************ *@gmail.com" <an************ *@gmail.com> writes:
Here's my situation:

I'm typing this in a public library on a computer with OS windows 2000
server. I can run Internet explorer, word, excel and powerpoint, that's
it. Maybe java, but it seems to be flaky.

I want to run python scripts from this computer. At home I have a
multi-computer network (from better times) but no internet access

[...]

Why not Jython?
John
Jul 19 '05 #2
John J. Lee wrote:
"an*********** **@gmail.com" <an************ *@gmail.com> writes:
Here's my situation:

I'm typing this in a public library on a computer with OS windows 2000
server. I can run Internet explorer, word, excel and powerpoint, that's
it. Maybe java, but it seems to be flaky.

I want to run python scripts from this computer. At home I have a
multi-computer network (from better times) but no internet access

[...]

Why not Jython?
John

how locked down is the computer? there's a few (brave) public access
unix shell providers out there. if you could run telnet you could use them

Jul 19 '05 #3
usb key and moveable python.
http://www.voidspace.org.uk/python/movpy/

On 5/16/05, Timothy Smith <ti*****@open-networks.net> wrote:
John J. Lee wrote:
"an*********** **@gmail.com" <an************ *@gmail.com> writes:
Here's my situation:

I'm typing this in a public library on a computer with OS windows 2000
server. I can run Internet explorer, word, excel and powerpoint, that's
it. Maybe java, but it seems to be flaky.

I want to run python scripts from this computer. At home I have a
multi-computer network (from better times) but no internet access

[...]

Why not Jython?
John

how locked down is the computer? there's a few (brave) public access
unix shell providers out there. if you could run telnet you could use them

--
http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-list

--
Christopher Lambacher
la******@comput er.org
Jul 19 '05 #4
Timothy Smith <ti*****@open-networks.net> wrote:
there's a few (brave) public access unix shell providers out there. if
you could run telnet you could use them


If you want to go that route, I highly suggest panix.com. They've been in
business forever, are geek friendly, and have a technical support staff
(and attitude) that just can't be beat. I get a unix shell account from
them, mostly for mail and news access (but, on occasion, it's nice to have
a unix box I can ssh into from anywhere).

They're currently running Python-2.4. A couple of the active pythonistas
that hang out here have panix accounts.
Jul 19 '05 #5
In article <ma************ *************** *********@pytho n.org>,
Chris Lambacher <la******@gmail .com> wrote:
usb key and moveable python.
http://www.voidspace.org.uk/python/movpy/


That's pretty cool. Python on a stick!
Jul 19 '05 #6
Panix.com seems a little on the expensive side..

10$/mo?
Roy Smith wrote:
Timothy Smith <ti*****@open-networks.net> wrote:
there's a few (brave) public access unix shell providers out there. if you could run telnet you could use them
If you want to go that route, I highly suggest panix.com. They've

been in business forever, are geek friendly, and have a technical support staff (and attitude) that just can't be beat. I get a unix shell account from them, mostly for mail and news access (but, on occasion, it's nice to have a unix box I can ssh into from anywhere).

They're currently running Python-2.4. A couple of the active pythonistas that hang out here have panix accounts.


Jul 19 '05 #7
John J. Lee wrote:
Why not Jython?


There's no command prompt! The file menu from IE is also gone. There is
a sun Java console but it looks like this:

<quote Sun Java Console>

Java(TM) Plug-in: Version 1.4.2_06
Using JRE version 1.4.2_06 Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM
User home directory = C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxx
----------------------------------------------------
c: clear console window
f: finalize objects on finalization queue
g: garbage collect
h: display this help message
l: dump classloader list
m: print memory usage
o: trigger logging
p: reload proxy configuration
q: hide console
r: reload policy configuration
s: dump system properties
t: dump thread list
v: dump thread stack
x: clear classloader cache
0-5: set trace level to <n>

</quote Sun Java Console>

Thanks for replying anyway!

Anton

Jul 19 '05 #8
John J. Lee wrote:
Why not Jython?


There's no command prompt! The file menu from IE is also gone. There is
a sun Java console but it looks like this:

<quote Sun Java Console>

Java(TM) Plug-in: Version 1.4.2_06
Using JRE version 1.4.2_06 Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM
User home directory = C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxx
----------------------------------------------------
c: clear console window
f: finalize objects on finalization queue
g: garbage collect
h: display this help message
l: dump classloader list
m: print memory usage
o: trigger logging
p: reload proxy configuration
q: hide console
r: reload policy configuration
s: dump system properties
t: dump thread list
v: dump thread stack
x: clear classloader cache
0-5: set trace level to <n>

</quote Sun Java Console>

Thanks for replying anyway!

Anton

Jul 19 '05 #9
Timothy Smith wrote:
how locked down is the computer? there's a few (brave) public access
unix shell providers out there. if you could run telnet you could use

them

Sorry, no telnet. Every executable that is not listed is blocked. For
example I can download:

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/scintilla/Sc1.exe

but if I run it I get two error messages:

a) a 15 seconds "appguard" message

b} 'access to the specified device, path or file is denied'

Maybe some shell provider is a good idea, however I still think I
should make a cherrypy form of 24 lines or so and run it over there and
simulate a python interpreter on a webpage which I can access from
here. Has this been tried before?

How can I use cookies to identify interpreter sessions?

Anton

'webpython_3000 _server_at_xxx. xxx.xxx.xxx_>>> '

Jul 19 '05 #10

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