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IP 4.4

AstroK Software (Arthur Vigan)
Rating: (four burnt toasts)

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Download: 184 KB

[$5] Shareware

Arthur Vigan
  Bures sur Yvette FR
  created: 2004-07-23

Let's hear it for free enterprise.

IP 4.4 (yes that means you're into version 4 and something of this monster) is a 184 KB download and costs $5.

What does it do? It tells you your IP address. You can see screenshots here, here, here, here, and here. You can see a live QuickTime movie of a fantastic copy and paste operation here.

As you can see from the screenshots, it's quite a complex tool. [Hey we're into major version 4 and minor version 4 here, this is no mere Los Alamos project. Ed.] You get your loopback address (which you already knew) and a firewall address and - your INTERNET address!

And it goes as a status item on your menu bar. Hey this stuff can like change like every 0.00000000000000001 seconds and you like need to KNOW!

Go into your preferences and you get to see the same thing again. You get the options of setting the menu title, displaying your host name, and displaying your 'primary' MAC address.

Two of the remaining tabs on this four tab dialog show you how to pay the $5 and who wrote this pièce de résistance.

184 KB. $5.

OK, now here's the source code to display your IP address. Ready? Here it is.

[[NSHost currentHost] address]

That's it. That comes back as a NSString (Unicode string) you can output direct to your Terminal console.

If you really really want to know what your IP is and have no other means, can't get into your system preferences, can't get to Terminal - then by all means take the prophylactic download here. It's only 2,528 bytes. It's free.

Postscript: IP 5.5

The difference between the new IP 5.5 and the previous 4.4 is 1.1. Unix only got up to 'system V' before it left the USL; this app's got it beat by a fanboy mile. Expect IP 100.100 by nightfall.

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