Using No-IP For External Access With a Dynamics IP Address: Installing No-IP Client

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With a No-IP account created with No-IP the next, and final, step is to install the Dynamic DNS Update Client. This does updates on a paeriodic basis to keep your current IP address in sync with your No-IP host or domain.

The client can be downloaded from here:

Download client

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Using No-IP For External Access With a Dynamics IP Address: Creating An Account

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Signing up to No-IP for a free account is nice and easy to do. Using the browser of your choice, navigate to https://www.noip.com, enter the hostname you want and select the domain from the list of free ones and click the green ,em>Sign Up button:

Sign Up

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Using No-IP For External Access With a Dynamics IP Address: What Is No-IP?

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No-IP is a service which has been around for quite a long time now (I remember using a competitor of theirs back in 2004 (and possibly earlier) to use an external DNS entry to access a web server I was running at home on a dynamic IP address (my ISP at the time didn't offer static IP addresses and I didn't sign up for one wit my current provider).

No-IP as a company have several offerings, but the one I am looking at in this series is the Free Dynamic DNS offering which allows for 3 hostnames on a limited set of domains and requires you to confirm the DNS every 30 days. There are two paid offering with more hostnames, domains and which do not expire, but I only need one hostname so the free option is sufficient and I don't mind clicking a link on an email to renew every 30 days.

As well as my use case of remotely accessing a NAS or computer, No-IP can allow you to access any Internet enabled device on your home network even when you have a dynamic IP address (if you have a static IP then you could connect just using the IP address, although using a hostname is easier to remember); there may be configuration required on your router to forward ports to the devices on your network.

I've also had my dad sign up and install No-IP so I can easily access his system remotely to help out with any problems he is having.

Notepad++ Find and Replace numbers in square brackets

Useful ApplicationsI was working with some text the other day which included a lot of references using numbers in square brackets; I needed to remove this text and wanted an easy way of doing it.

I did a little research and found that Notepad++, an application I already use, can do regular expression find and replace.

The regular expression for a number surrounded by square brackets is:

\[(\d+)\]

To use the regular expression in find and replace, enter the regular expression into the Find what box and change the Search Mode to Regular expression:

Regul;ar expression find and replace

When you hit Replace, or Replace All, the regular expression will be used to repalce the matching text with the supplied replacement value.

Record short training or demo videos

Useful ApplicationsAfter posting about a couple of useful websites, I thought I'd do a useful application. Flashback Express can be sued to record short training or demo videos. While it can be used to capture the webcam, I have been using it to record the screen and sounds; for one video I needed to record both myself and someone else speaking and Flashback Express easily allowed me to capture sound from both the microphone and speakers.

Videos are recorded in a native format, but can be both exported to WMV or MP4 as well as exported directly to a YouTube channel.

Flachback Express

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