Keeping Track of Home Broadband IP Address Changes Without Dynamic DNS

Dynamic DNS services are great. They allow you to keep track of your dynamic IP on your home broadband connection without the need to constantly check it at whatismyip.com or similar websites, and the erradicate the risk of you not knowing the IP address when its changed after you’ve left the house.

That said, some, well… lots of home broadband providers give you crummy routers that do not have the ability to notify Dynamic DNS services of IP changes. The cheapest router that’s optimised for your ISP’s network is usually what you end up with and that usually means less features. Continue reading Keeping Track of Home Broadband IP Address Changes Without Dynamic DNS

Creating AOL-style “You’ve got mail!” system alerts on OS X

America OnlineOkay, it’s fair to say that I was struggling to fill my lunch hour yesterday, and one thing that I’ve wanted to do for a number of years was trigger the awesomely-cool “You’ve got mail” voice when I get new emails on my computer. If, like me, you were never one who actually used AOL as a service provider (and why would you), then your best bet is to think of the film of the same name starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

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