July, 99: Defrag
your RAM with MemTurbo.
Space99: an old pal, updated.
Tidy up your registry with EasyCleaner.
Align and measure with Cool Ruler.
Search for ETI with SETI@home.
The Proxomitron: why
did they make it so hard to spell?
review of InCtrl4 added to the InCtrl3 item: it's even
March '99: Take
a look a DUNMon: it watches your upload and download speeds,
dials ISPs, disconnects etc.
February '99: Mass
Downloader: opens multiple connections
for faster downloads; Bookmarklets: tools
for power surfing; Genius2: a collection of GUI based
Internet and local tools; DropChute Lite: pass the file;
Window Washer: does just what it says, and bleaches too.
November '98: Feel The Base: converts
text to dec, hex, IP and bin; Beyondo and HEXwrite:
fun with clocks and keyboards; Site Meter: every advanced
feature required to keep track of the visitors to your website.
October '98: Watch a user-specified
TCP port with PortWatch. Network Toolbox
is for you hounds out there. Panda Cleaner. detects instances
of Back Orifice and Net Bus. RegEdit Extensions assists
your fine tuning of the Win registry. TimeZone Map tells
you when it's daylight savings time in Tashkent. (Other cities too ;-)
File Investigator, a right click on any file allows you
to investigate its properties. It's a fancy version of Peek (see Fravia's
pages). NeoTrace and Visual Route, two ping/traceroute/whois
utilities as entertaining as they are functional. Details below.
InControl 3, a splendid little tracking program that lets
you trace what happens when you install a new program or even when you
just run one. Freeware. Still one of the most useful apps around if
you need to back track an install. See below
November '97: IP Prober,
a useful addition to the port sniffer tools. Freeware. See below.
March '98: If
you're looking for programs to compress GIFs and JPEGs for your web
page, take a look at my Graphics
Compression Software reviews. There are now over 25 reviews.
is getting close to working fully. Great app.
See review below for the latest news. It disappeared for a while. Note:
It's gone again.
Scanner is back. See below for details
and a review.
97: Since commencing this page in June, several new interesting
programs have been released. In fact there seems to have been an explosion
of useful software. Just search for "port scan" in Altavista if you
don't believe me. I can't promise to keep this page up to date, so I
suggest you take a look at the TUCOWS
pages. I'll try to add to this list from time to time when I find a
really useful addition. The most promising is Sniff (see below) which
should be working fully soon.
also news about a new version of Notetab.
I've not finished this page yet, but rather than wait until the whole
process was complete, I thought it would be more useful to put up some
of the reviews now, and add the rest as I have time. I have the GIFs
linked to the home pages of the software, where I don't explicitly point
to the source, so you can track down the programs if you're curious.
The Tools for the Job
This page turns
out to be the most popular of all on the Byzantium site. Fravia reckons
it's the best, too (though I quite like my ferns pages). It lay dormant
for a while, until Wrath
Bringer joined the fray. a good deal more stuff has been added since
then. We hope you like it.
In an earlier addition to the +ORC Riddle
pages, I mentioned that I was trying out a number of software tools
to help with the bulk searching of URLs to identify live sites that
might be host to +ORC's legendary web site.
writing that, I have found several more tools, that do all sorts of
jobs, including Pinging, DNS lookup, IP Address to server name lookup,
port scanning, IP address range scanning, Batch searching, scanning
and pinging, Finger and Whois? queries and several other tasks.
occurred to me that these tools have a much wider use for the sort of
people who might be reading this ;-) so I decided to do a brief review
of the tools, with information on where to find them.
also decided to add information on other stuff that might be of interest.
said in his lesson C3 that the Internet provides all manner of bounteous
gifts. This is certainly true of software to explore the Internet itself.
When I started searching for programs that would undertake the tasks
I wanted, to sniff out likely +ORC URLs, I was swamped with possibilities.
The bulk of these are freeware. There are two or three shareware
programs that are very good too.
The ratings system I'm using here is my judgment
of how useful I've found the programs in the tasks I've used them for.
It may be that a program is excellent for some other purposes, but only
so-so for my goals. Anything that gets 4 or 5 stars is pretty useful,
Wrath Bringer's ratings are in red, DN's in blue.
MemTurbo ****** ******
V 1.0b. From the
documentation: "MemTurbo attempts to reclaim RAM from the operating
system and applications, so that when the application you are currently
using needs memory, it is readily available. This avoids costly swap
file access and paging, decreases load time and improves application
can be configured to run automatically or on demand, performs its magic
by defragmenting the physical RAM of your computer, recovering memory
leaks and flushing out unused libraries and DLL's. It comes with some
interesting visual effects too. I'll leave that as a surprise.
Software will uncripple it's cache tuning feature and extend the program's
utility past the 30 day trial period for $19.95
As used by both W_B & DN, who agree on the rating.
V.30b. More Space
for Windows 95/98/NT will help you search for duplicate and hoggy files
on any drive, empty your browser cache, collect statistics on your HDD
space, file types, file sizes, cluster overhang for FAT and FAT32 drives,
file access, creation and modification dates, times and attributes.
You can browse through your folders and get details, open, view and
mark them. It will delete, send to the recycle bin or archive extracted
files for you. Created by the "Spam Buster" folks at Contact Plus Corporation.
You can order
a CD ROM sampler of all the Contact Plus programs for $4.95. The More
Space 99 demo isn't time limited but it will nag you occasionally until
you purchase it for $20.
Helinius of TonyArts, Finland,
has come up a with nice little program (with a really ugly icon ;-)
that does a much better job of searching out and deleting invalid registry
entries than Microsoft's RegClean. It will also check for duplicate
and unnecessary files and graph your HDD space usage. Priced right too.
$0.00. One thing I'd like to see changed is the pop-up tool tips. They
overlap the text in some places. Works on Win 9x/NT. While you're there,
be sure to check out Tony's EasyHTML program, NT and Delphi tips.
Cool Ruler *****
I have to tell
you I love this tool. When you need an on-screen measurement by pixels
(very handy for web work), centimeters or inches, it's only a click
away. You can open as many rulers as you wish and adjust them to horizontal
or vertical positions, define the number of divisions and ticks, select
your own marker color and font. It also tracks the position of your
cursor on the screen and even comes with a built in calculator. It's
free and it works in DOS and Windows programs. I'd like to see the next
version in a solid color rather than a brushed aluminum one. I think
that would easier to read under certain lighting conditions. Thank you,
Version 1.05. SETI@home
is a scientific experiment that harnesses the power of hundreds of thousands
of Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
(SETI). It is expected to last two years and you can participate by
running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data
from the Arecibo Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico. Already there are
700,000 participants, making SETI@home our planet's largest supercomputer
-- spread out over 205 countries!
Stop pop-up windows;
convert most ads and banner pictures into text links; stop web pages
from auto-refreshing; make background MIDI's play only when you choose;
disguise your identity with rotating proxies; change or delete cookies;
design your own skins. . .want more? It's there! ShonenWare (???) by
Scott R. Lemmon. Version Naoko-3 (a). Three and a half stars because
it's still a bit buggy. Thanks to Iefaf for calling my attention to
Dial-up Networking Monitor
* * * * * *
This is an excellent
little freeware program by Jon Grieve in the UK. It requires
the latest Windows DUN (v 1.3) and the necessary VB DLL, but if you
have them (and they're easy to obtain from MS or from the DUNMon
site) you get a utility that monitors your modem traffic rates on
a small (resizable) graph, plus the ability to dial your ISP (or all
of them if you have more than one), and disconnect. It's really handy
on long downloads to watch how well (or badly) your link is doing. The
online performance can be displayed graphically or in tabular form.
It works really well: it's useful and easy to use. Top marks.
Mass ( Multiple
Access Switching System) Downloader divides a file into several blocks
(a 1MB file, for example, is dissected into 10 blocks of 100K each),
establishes a connection for each, then downloads them all at the same
time. If one of the connections breaks unexpectedly the others are not
affected. The broken connection is immediately reestablished, and the
process as a whole has remained undisturbed.
Does it work?
I've just downloaded a MS Java VM upgrade weighing in at 6MB in approximately
15 minutes over a slow dial-up connection. Why only four stars?
The program is in Beta testing. That's why you can have it for
free. Do, please, let authors Oleg Chernavin and Alexander Bednyakov
know what you think. I'd be interested in knowing what your experiences
with this 'very promising' program
are as well. Thanks for the suggestion, SVD.
and search capabilities of Netscape and Explorer web browsers. They
are platform independent and come in over 150 flavors. My favorites
are the search bookmarks which allow you to highlight a word in your
browser window and feed it instantly to a search engine, and one of
the "page data" tools that allows you to highlight a section of text
and open it in a second little window to edit/copy/paste. Freeware for
power surfers by Steve Kangas. You'll find them here,
at bookmarklets dot com. They're great, Steve. Thanks.
I were to list all the features packed into this program by Coda Hale
of Independent Software I
would need to link to a second page. Here's a taste: Finger Client ·
FTP Client · HTTP Browser · Ping ·
Trace Route · SMTP Client · Telnet Client
with VT100 emulation · Time Client · Whois
Client · Current Connections - lists all connections to
and from your computer · DNS Scanner · Download
Manager · NSLookup - convert IPs to Hostnames or visa
versa · Patience - clean out your mailbox of spam ·
Port Info · Port Scanner · Site Checker
- check to see if your favorite sites have been updated.
You can download
this 1.16 mb of Genius here.
Version 2.6, now shareware, has been released
with many notable improvements. I encourage you to support development
of this program others this award winning author is working on by paying
the $20 he asks for.
files, folders, even complete folder structures. To deliver, you simply
drop them on an icon on the Windows desktop or in the DropChute Lite
Phonebook. A wizard pops up allowing you to specify how you want files
delivered and away they go. Works through dial-up or fixed Internet
connections, TCP/IP networks, or any modem supported by Windows. Includes
Internet Rendezvous™, a feature that saves long distance charges by
connecting through the Internet even to people who access the Internet
by modem and are not presently online. Freeware from Hilgraeve Software.
A Pro version that encrypts and sends files of any size is available
for $99.95. I'll stick with the lite version. ;-)
Window Washer is
a privacy-enhancing tool that automatically cleans up the trail of crumbs
your computing and surfing habits leave behind. It cleans out your Windows
document, find, and run histories; Windows temp directory; Recycle Bin;
Netscape and I.E. cache files, cookie files, mail trash, history and
location bars; .chk Scan Disk files; MS-Office Tracks (MRU), plus any
others you care to specify. It will also "bleach" those files for you
by overwriting them two to seven times. Small enough to run off a floppy,
lightning fast and, really, quite fascinating. For Win 95/98/NT; Netscape
and I.E 3x, 4x, & 5x. Trial period is thirty days. Registration
is pricey: $29.
This single window
freeware utility handles numbers in decimal, hexadecimal, binary, text
and IP address form. A change to any type of number is mirrored in its
other forms. FeelTheBase doesn't write to the system registry so uninstalling
is simply a matter of removing the folder. Authored by David Ekholm
of Sweden. Freeware. Yet another David!
your system date for a specified period of time. Built in quickset options
are plus or minus 14 to 730 days, autoquit in one to ten minutes. Dates
between 1980 and 2099 are allowed. Beyondo always restores the original
date after you quit the program.
your keyboard input into HEX or ASCII, depending on which program mode
you have selected. The conversion works both ways. Output can be copied
to the Clipboard for further use
Both these fine
programs are by David (is there an echo around here?) deGroot. You'll
find other excellent freeware at his website.
of numbers, percentages, stats, totals and averages for your webpage.
Includes referrer, browser and OS tracking. Your choice of HTML or Java
script. Statistics are kept private as long as you remember to set them
that way once a week. The same meter can be used on every page of your
web site. Site Meter is a free service.
PortWatch, by Joe
Turgeon, is an Internet application that acts as a server and watches
a user-specified TCP port for connection, transmission of data, and
the close of a connection. The user is alerted and information, such
as which port is "hit" the most, is logged. Other options are beep on
connect, lock port and watch client data. (Specifically, what a client
is sending when it logs in to your port). Included in the distribution
is the official port list from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority.
Cost? Nichts, nada.
PortWatch is Win 95/NT freeware. Bravo, Mr. Turgeon!
is an Olympian package of Unix-like utilities you can use to diagnose
your local machine and computers on a LAN or WAN. It can finger, return
a unique quote (cookie) from a Unix quote server, ping, obtain precise
atomic clock synchronization, search for hosts in a specified range
of IP addresses, convert IP addresses to host names and vice versa,
make whois queries of the InterNIC database and obtain information about
registered domains, trace the exact route to a host, meter the speed
of an Internet connection between two computers, determine if e-mail
can be delivered to the addressee, and provide information about your
Win network configuration and Winsock stack. I've heard a rumor it will
walk the dog too.
The authors, Nicolay
Socratov and John Gateley offer you the opportunity to test their demo
for thirty days. While you're downloading, be sure to check out J. River's
other interesting offers.
Panda Trojan Cleaner
This is the free
version of Panda Antivirus that detects and disinfects Trojan BackOrifice,Trojan
Netbus153 and Trojan NetBus160, (Whackamole). If you're intimate with
these, you probably don't need this program. If not, you'd better download
A freeware program
by David Ching that supplements the existing Windows regedit program
with a combo box. The combo box remembers registry keys you have examined,
allowing you to quickly navigate to them again. It also adds cut, copy
and paste functions (even from online documents).
You can type keys
into the box, and, as you type, the tree navigates to the key. The selected
key in the tree view remains highlighted at all times. Keys in the combo
box are saved when you close the registry editor and reloaded the next
time you run RegEdit X.
This program does
not replace Win regedit. Instead, it is first loaded into memory, then
the extensions change the copy in memory...
Nice, David. Thanks!
Provides time in
other cities and countries around the world. Functionality to compensate
for local differences in calculating daylight savings time is built
in. (Did you know, for example, that some places do not adjust their
clocks by a full hour?) Though no map of time zones is 100% accurate,
this one is closer than most. The trial period of this fully functional
but rather pricey ($24.95) little shareware program is six days. (It
lost half a mark because it excludes Canberra! - DN)
(It's just lost another half mark for timing
out before I had a chance to play with it again. W_B)
Investigator v 1.22
A right-click on
any file opens a window with four tabs: Details, which lists
filename, location, size, attributes, etc.; Background adds file
extension, platform, storage type, content, MIME, originator and program
notes; Preview is a magical window that allows you to view the
text strings embedded in the file; and Setup is for configuring
the program's options. $10 to the author, Robert C. Zirnstein Jr., gets
rid of the nag screen, upgrades the program to v 1.30 and supports the
efforts of a nice guy to develop the program further. DOS versions available.
Hey, Bob how about adding a copy or print function?
NeoTrace from NeoWorx
is extremely user friendly. So friendly, with its chunky buttons, its
graphical exhibition of hops that bounce all over your screen like a
pinball complete with sound effects, I nearly discarded it as a toy.
Beneath its gamelike facade is a real tool. In less than a minute it
completed its ping/traceroute to the URL I designated, downloaded the
whois info, politely stopped its pinging and waited for me to instruct
it to save the output as a text file, an HTML file, or send it to the
printer. NeoTrace can also be set up to probe your network environment.
The shareware version
does not allow you to configure the program for the most detailed of
the three reports or the output as anything but a text file. Registration
NeoTrace 2.0 is close to release. This
will be a huge update so keep an eye peeled for it.
Visual Route, by
Jerry Jongerius, is a Java based graphical ping/traceroute/whois utility.
It's interface is businesslike and its speed, astonishing. Results are
output to a table, the header of which reported that my test target
was an HTTP server running Apache 1.3.0. Table columns list IP addresses,
node names, locations, speed and networks. Clicking on a node or network
name opens a pop-up window with whois information. The hops are traced
against an interactive world map that allows you to zoom in and determine
the latitude and longitude for each node.
the program requires you to have Microsoft Java VM installed. Netscape's
flavor won't do. Information on how to install MS Java VM for use with
Netscape can be found online, as can Visual Route's help files. The
downloadable version is fully functional but limited to a 30 day workout.
$29 will remove the time limit.
* * * * * *
you ever found a program that doesn't un-install properly, and wondered
what it's left behind? How about ones that leave little bits behind?
And others that update DLLs without asking, or - worse - that, when
you un-install them, delete DLLs that you still need. Here's the solution.
a godsend when installing and uninstalling software: it's called InCtrl3,
it's free, and you can find it here.
(For Win95 and NT. There's an older version called InCtrl2 for Win3.1)
When you want to install a new program, you run
its setup program via InCtrl3. It records the disk and registry
data (including any ini files you care to name), launches the install
program, sits quietly in the background waiting for the install program
to end, then asks you to confirm that it has, and records and then compares
the disk and registry data afterwards. It records the results in a log
file - new, changed and deleted files, and new, changed and deleted
can also use it to see what a particular program does to disk and registry
when it runs. It doesn't have to be an install program that you run
program has a lot more uses than just logging installs. I dare say you
can think of a few... ;-)
version 4 has been released:
* * * * * *
This one has three
modes: real time monitoring, which is a fast real-time mode that tracks
everything done by the install program; and as with version 3, a mode
that records the Registry, ini files and file system details; and a
mode that looks at the Registry and ini files, and reports new files.
It can also, it says, operate in open, close and come back mode, which
means you don't need to have it in memory while doing things, and a
background mode, which just watches what's going on, without you having
to launch anything like an install program, or a dummy to trigger it
to run like you needed in version 3. All told, a very powerful and useful
utility - and free, too. Available here.
A must-have for all sorts of purposes. Read the comprehensive help file
to understand all the subtleties.
Mini, Super and NoteTab Pro
* * * * * *
NoteTab family are "notepad replacements" by Eric Fookes at the University
of Geneva, but much more than that, too. They are freeware
for Windows, in both 16 and 32 bit versions. They are HTML aware, and
provide a kind of macro environment that allows you to insert chunks
of HTML into text files as you go. You can open many files at once,
customize the clipbook "macros", view the file you're editing in a browser
etc etc. You can also strip HTML formatting from an HTML file to create
a plain text file. The range of options is amazing. The program is a
bit "fat" and it won't run on my old 486sx20 4meg laptop, but unless
you're running an antique like that, it is most definitely worth the
download (from here).
You can probably configure Note Tab into a handy C-editor, if you need
one. Enough said.
a year ago there's been a souped-up shareware version called Notetab
Pro (Win 95/98). It's now at version 4. It costs $20. Buy it. It's great.
(You can still get the freeware version if you are short of cash!)
IP Prober (v1.1)
* * * *
Marks's IP Prober is a simple, to the point, Win95 utility that looks
for active ports on any IP address you choose. It can save the output
to a text file. It works well and is a useful adjunct to Sniff (see
below). If it could take its input from a text file (eg the Sniff output
file), it would be perfect. As it is, it is well recommended. More nice
freeware from the Land of Oz, available here.
NS-Batch (v 1.12)
* * * *
Version. NS-Batch is an excellent freeware
program by Jim Price, available for both 16 and 32 bit Windows. It allows you
to look up host names from IP addresses; do an IP Address lookup from a host name;
probe all the 254 possible final octet groups in an IP Address to see which of
them have hosts listed against them (with output to a text file); and scan a series
of IP Addresses from a text file, to see which ones have host names, again with
the output to a text file. The output details are fully configurable. You can
also run it from the command line. A well constructed and very useful program.
features to probe a subnet. Version 1.13 out soon. Web site includes a subscribe-to
newsletter for NS-Batch.
NetScan Tools (v 3.01)
* * * * * *
is a prodigious shareware program ($25) that does all sorts of things.
It Pings, does NS Lookups, Traceroutes, Finger, Echo and Whois. It does
a Daytime lookup at the remote host, synchronizes your PC clock, and
provides info on your Winsock and the protocols it handles. Importantly
for this exercise, it will scan and Ping a (contiguous) range of IP
address and record those answering in a log file. It will also check
your network connection speed using the remote host character generator.
And several other things. I expect the next version will also order
you a pizza if you ask it.
comes as a 30 day test program, fully functional as far as I can tell,
though without the helpfile. I understand on very good authority
that there are files missing from the shareware package that are necessary
to register it. It is also written to military specifications, it seems.
A byte out of place and it commits hara-kiri! Quite a challenge to the
+HCU community, I would have thought, but it has been err... solved.
(Thanks to H+R).
is undoubtedly the best of the shareware programs. You can find it here.
Basecalc (v 1.2)
* * * * *
number of programs such as Soft Ice include some form of calculating
capability for hex and binary numbers. This is essential in calculating
jumps forward and back in programs. When trying to work out the +ORC
Riddle, this same capability is very useful. Ask yourself, what is 131
(decimal) OR 63 (decimal)? In binary it's simple enough to do, but very
hard to do in your head in hex or decimal (unless you're some kind of
is a freeware utility that lets you perform integer arithmetic
in decimal, hex and binary, up to 32 bit numbers, signed and unsigned,
and using all the normal logical and arithmetic functions. It's simply
a very useful integer calculator. It runs under Windows 95 and NT, and
3.11 with Win32s. It was written by John Zaitseff at the University
of New South Wales. A nice piece of work. Definitely worth the download
A new and extended version is due out in a few months that will allow
up to 128-bit arithmetic, additional operations etc. Sounds good. Zaitseff
will be putting it up on a new site. In the meantime, the current version
is available from the ZDNet
IP Subnet Calculator (v 1.0)
* * *
is an intriguing little tool that allows you to play with subnet masks
of different sizes for class A, B or C hosts. Could have all sorts of
uses, but I haven't fully explored them. A nice gadget, freeware
too, available here.
Cyberkit (v 2.4)
* * *
Version. This release (and
all future ones) requires a WinSock stack that supports raw sockets
(like Sockets 2). Windows 98 and NT 4.0 already ship with Sockets 2,
as will all future versions of Windows. Windows 95 users can download
an upgrade from the Microsoft site. To my knowledge, there is no upgrade
available for Windows NT 3.51. Version
2.2 of Cyberkit is still available for download.
DNS Workshop (v 104)
* * *
is 32 bit Windows shareware from Evolve in .uk, who also make Unmozify.
It's a very useful program but it's overpriced (US$50!), when you consider
what freeware is around. Also, it has no helpfile (which most similar
programs do). But having said that, it's a program that I like. In addition
to simple single queries, it will let you look up domain names from
a specified range of IP Addresses and it will take input from a text
file and write its output to another text file. It's nicely constructed
(though all in one 317K .exe file, oddly, including all the registration
info). You can find it at the Evolve home page here.
A good program but one I'd think twice about using because of the price.
NetInfo (v 1.37)
* * *
NetLab (v 1.4)
* * *
version. It never ceases
to amaze me what splendid freeware programs are available on the Web.
NetLab is another of them. It is a 32 bit Windows program by Alex Danileiko
at the University of Alabama, Hunstville and you can find it here.
It will do a Finger, Whois?, Ping, Traceroute, DNS lookup, and set your
PC clock from a standard time server. It also tells you about your Winsock
and what ports it understands, and a bunch of other stuff. New in this
version: "Parallel Trace", which makes it possible to process traceroute
hops in parallel. As a result the new traceroute works 5-10 times faster
than conventional trace.
Port Scanner (v 1.2b1)
* * * *
useful program: here's what it claims:
Scanner allows you to scan a group of IP addresses looking for specific
incoming TCP/IP ports. It locates and logs all the active TCP/IP ports
on all IP addresses you specify.
interface allows you to specify the start and end addresses of a scan.
You can check a specific address, a subnet, or an entire domain. It
comes predefined to scan for the most common TCP/IP services, and you
can add your own ports. Scan results can be printed or saved to a file.
$30. Probably a bit pricey considering what else you can find.
Pingy Thingy (v 2.4)
Sniff (revision 7 so far)
* * * * (*)
is potentially the perfect search tool, and it's getting very
close to working now, with a Windows GUI. It incorporates NSLookup and
Ping capabilities, with text file input and output. In other words,
you tell it what range of IP addresses you want, it looks them up, Pings
them if it can find a domain name of any sort, and writes down what
it finds in the output file.
really different about it is that it allows you to set IP Address ranges
for any or all of the URL octet groups, simultaneously, using
every possible combination. So you can see why it's of interest here.
works for me on Win3.11 on a Novell LAN, but won't yet write a text
file for me on Win95. It may for you. It's being constantly developed
(by "flipper") and shows great promise. When it works fully,
it will automate the search process totally, except for port sniffing.
Sniff seems to have dissapeared. If
anyone discovers it on some forgotten strand of the 'web, let me know.
TJPing (v 2.00)
* * *
version. This update has a number of slight
WS-Ping (v 96.10.11)
* * *
suppose I should finish with my standard Ping application, John Junod's
"WS-Ping". It's the one against which I compare all others. It's not
the clear leader these days, but it's always a reliable performer, if
you want to Ping or traceroute a site, or look up an IP Address. There
are 16 and 32 bit Windows versions available, but I use the 32 bit version
on both Win95 and Win3.11+Win32s. You can find it just about everywhere.
I'd check the version number you get, [even from Junod's own
site!], to ensure you get the latest one, because there are a lot
of archives that don't update regularly. Perhaps the easiest place to
find it is at TUCOWS on the
Other Information Sources
are many information sources on the Web on DNS structures and addressing.
One worth a look is the comp.protocols.tcp-ip.domains FAQ.
Some of you may read this with ease, but there's a lot of stuff I'm
still learning about. Also, don't forget to look at the information
compiled by Hackmore Readrite elsewhere on this
site. There are no doubt many other sources worth tracking down.
Let me know if you've come across any good ones.
21 June 1997 (revised 8 October, 4 November,
6 March, 11 March, 30 September 1998, 7 October 1998, 13 February 1999, 31 March
4 July 1999)