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June 21st, 2009 reset 2 comments

To www or not to www? That is the question.

Developers and web site owners will inevitably face the decision to use either or  One may say it does not matter which I use.   This question needs to be looked at from a few different points of views:  from a users (or browser) perspective, from a search engine perspective and from a marketing perspective.  There are some different schools of thought related to the Shakespearian question.  There is no correct answer, but different practices and recommendations can improve your search rankings and increase site traffic, and could affect your marketing.  We will analyze this question from the different perspectives mentioned.

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What’s behind

June 15th, 2009 reset Comments off

Thanks for your interest in  This website is hosted at LunarPages on a linux server. uses WordPress ver 2.8 as site framework.  WordPress is an open-source blog and publishing platform.  We have customized the iNove theme to meet our needs here at

Obviously, we modified the theme to display the Global & Local IP addresses box on every page.  The IP address box utilizes PHP (a server side web programming language) to display the Global IP address.  The Local IP address uses a java application to determine your local IP address. 

The WordPress install was setup in a sub-directory not in the root directory.  We researched this quite a bit as we wanted to make the correct decision for this site before installation.  If you search google on ‘wordpress install root or folder’, you will find numerous articles discussing this critical decision.  We knew that this site would only contain the blog and no other content.  This might lead one to think that a root installation was a good choice.  We wanted to install in a sub-directory and have it appear that we installed in the root.  

Thanks to this great article at WordPress:  Giving WordPress Its Own Directory at WordPress Codex.  We installed WordPress in a ‘blog’ folder and followed the instructions…and it worked perfect.  The root directory is not cluttered with files.  This is how WordPress should be installed if you want it to operate as if it was installed in the web root.

So, we tip our hat to and all the posts we read that contributed to the development of  Enjoy! Also, Lunarpages offers some great hosting packages.


What is an IP Address?

June 12th, 2009 reset Comments off

The short answer:  it is a series of numbers that uniquely identifies your device on the Internet.  It is like a phone number in that it represents a unique path to that particular object, whether it be a phone, computer or Internet device.  There are 2 distinct types of IP address:  Static (dedicated) and Dynamic. 

A Static IP address is assigned to a particular computer or device and that device has a permanent IP address. 

A Dynamic IP address are not permanent and can change.  Most Internet users connect to the Internet via dynamic IP addressing via their ISP (Internet service provider).  When a device (computer) connects to the Internet and is configured for dynamic (automatic) IP addressing, it requests an address from the Host Provider and the Host Provider determines a available IP address and temporarily assigns it to the device.  If that device is disconnected from the Internet for a while (typically more than 1 day), it will lose the IP address and the Host Provide will assign a new address next time the device connects.  Basically, the Host leases the address to that device.

The format of the IP address is a set of 4 numbers (0 to 255) separated with a dot ‘.’, for example:    

The IP-4 addressing system can handle a lot of devices, but the world is running out of IP addresses.  The new IPv-6 standard is currently being implemented and computers / devices are being designed to work with both systems as the world progress to this newer system with much more capacity. 

See the Wikipedia article on IP addresses

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The mission at

June 11th, 2009 reset 1 comment was developed from the need to find out a device’s global and local IP addresses.  Any device with Internet access can visit where the IP addresses will be displayed (java is required to display local IP address).  Most computers on the Internet are connected to a firewall (NAT) router and it is important to know both the global and local IP addresses. 

What is My IP address?  With this is an easy question to answer.   Make a favorite in your browser, or better yet commit it to memory. also wants to provide additional value in visiting this site with rich content articles, links to useful technology and more.  We will strive to provide a balance of content for new techies to veteran tech savvy people.  We have been in the computer business a long time and there is always so much to learn independent of your skill level.  I learn more now than when I just started.  The obvious reason for this is the Internet and expansion of technology.  With access to so much online information (knowledge), once you know how to teach yourself things, the possibilities are limitless. 

Like most everything, there is a dichotomy to our present technological state.  The pace of technology is fast which forces people to keep learning and adapting as systems improve and evolve. 

If you don’t know something and you want to learn it.  Search on it….read about it…..ask someone if you still need help.  And better yet, Teach someone something new.  Learning is fun, but you will find teaching is very rewarding.

We hope you learn from this site, and use it to check IPs when ever you have the need.