Archive for January, 2008

IP address upgrade from IPv4 to IPv6

Monday, January 14th, 2008

It’s about time for an IP address upgrade, don’t you think?! Well, before I go any further, if you’re not sure, an IP address is a unique address that is assigned to a network device by the network. Every computer that connects to a network or the Internet is assigned an IP address. It basically allows that computer to communicate with the network or the Internet.

The current IP address standard, called IPv4, uses 32-bits, which looks something like this: 192.168.0.1. This IP address standard was created in 1981 when the Internet was just a baby. The early creators of the Internet did not believe it would become as large as it is today, especially since it was originally designed only for a few universities and the United States Government. Over time, many large corporations and even the U.S. Government have come to realize that there is a large need to switch over to a new IP standard. The new version will be called IPv6 and it will use 128-bits.

 The IPv6 IP address looks something like this: 2001:0db8:85a3:08d3:1319:8a2e:0370:7334.On August 2, 2005, the Federal Government of the United States issued a memorandum, stating that all Federal Government agencies will transition their network backbones to IPv6 by June 30, 2008. The IPv4 version only allows for four billion IP addresses, which greatly limits the number of devices that can be given a unique, globally routable location on the Internet. The IPv4 standard has slowed the growth of the Internet worldwide and it constricts the amount of computers and other devices that can be connected to each other via the Internet. On the other hand, the IPv6 standard allows for an almost unlimited number of IP addresses. In all actuality, the IPv6 allows for over 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 different addresses. (And no, I’m not kidding!) The movement from IPv4 to the new IPv6 will allow us users to have more technology in our lives, because we will now be able to assign more IP addresses to more devices. Soon, mobile phones, televisions and even toasters will be assigned IP addresses! Imagine this: you’re leaving work and you would like a hot cup of coffee when you arrive home. With the IPv6, you would be able to do much more.

This transition is not going to be easy or simple, it will require a lot of manpower professionals to get involved and oversee these projects.

Error code 2738 When Installing iTunes + Quicktime on Windows Vista

Monday, January 7th, 2008

I just downloaded the latest iTumes version, but when I tried to install it, I got the following error: 

iTunes Logo

The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2738.

After research I found the following link: 

 http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304405

The solution was to re-register vbscript.dll.  I also selected “Run as Administrator” option when I reran after reregistering the dll.

To register the dll, please do the following:

  1. On the Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the “Open” field, enter the following command and click OK.
    regsvr32 vbscript.dll
  3. A message should appear stating that the “DllRegisterServer in C:\WINDOWS\system32\vbscript.dll succeeded.”
  4. Click OK and try installing iTunes or QuickTime again.

Thanks for Apple Support for the posting…

FREE eBay Auction Sniper Service

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Have you ever wondered why when you are trying to bid on an otem on ebay and you are the highest bidder then all of a sudden you right before the auction ends, someone comes in and snatches it from you whether it is in the middle of the day or middle of the night, it just happens. The chances are, the person overbidding you is not really sitting in front of the computer, all what this person did is use a sniping program or a website service like Gixen where you enter the ebay item number and the highest amount you are trying to bid and what the website service do is go out a few seconds before the auction ends and place the bid for you. This way you avoid getting into bidding war, you do not have to stick around the computer to find out make sure no one overbids you, and lastly, you bid like a pro.

We have evaluated different programs and website services that offer snipping services, truth told, the real nice one we liked was Gixen. It is a website service that is offered to the public for free and you can bid on as many items as you want. it uses SSL for encypting and securing the data transmission.

Other competitor websites and programs would charge you a fixed percentage of won items or insertion fees.

 I have been using Gixen for a few months and have been very pleased with the service therefore, have decided to share the wealth about this free ebay sniping website service.