Something that annoys me is when after a period of a couple of mins a firewall kills your ssh connection! Then you have a dead terminal that can take ages to timeout. So this is a solution, keeping it alive…
ssh -o TCPKeepAlive=yes firstname.lastname@example.org
Dead easy. I also have an alias in my .bashrc file in my home directory.
alias shortname=’ssh -C -o TCPKeepAlive=yes email@example.com’
So all have to do is type ‘shortname’ in the terminal and it would connect me to some.host.com. Much better. The big ‘C’ btw is for compression.