Last week Google announced its Public DNS service with its mind-blowing 188.8.131.52 IP address. That made people wondering how did Google got to get that fancy address. It turns out that Google bought 8.8.8.* and 8.8.4.* ranges from Level 3 Communications.
For the curious out there here are the other <10 IP assignments:
1.*.*.*: Reserved - By IANA (International IP Registry)
2.*.*.*: Reserved - By RIPE (European IP Registry)
3.*.*.*: General Electric Company (ge.com)
4.*.*.*: Level-3 Communications
5.*.*.*: Reserved - By IANA (International IP Registry)
6.*.*.*: US Army
7.*.*.*: U.S. Depart of Defense
8.*.*.*: Level-3 Communications
For some unknown reason, Google's Picasa sometimes looses its external application registration with Firefox. This means that you don't see the "download this album" link when viewing an online album although you already have Picasa installed. I'm not sure if this is a Picasa 2.0 - Firefox 3.0 issue but I think I had the same problem with Firefox 2.0 too.
Searching for this, looks like many people have the same issue with hardly any solution at hand. For this reason I made an easy hack for myself which I thought worth publishing here as well. It is a bookmarklet.
Bookmark the follow link by dragging and dropping it to your bookmark toolbar or right clicking it:
Download with Picasa
Then, browse to the main page of the album you want to download and press this bookmark. You will be prompted to open a file with Picasa which if you accept will download the whole album for you.
If you have the same issue, let me know how this works out for you.
Run into Shanbehzadeh Ensemble through a Farsi weblog [*], I thought I would share it with you. Saeid Shanbehzadeh (Farazoo) plays traditional music of Bushehr, a southern city of Iran. The following four clips are from their 2007 performance in New Zealand:
While in the middle of moving the server that hosts this site and before I redesign my site, just wanted to show you something:
That's yesterday somewhere in Deer lake park. I took a photo of the very same stone pillar a year ago and made tiles from it for the background here. So yeah, don't think of this site as a simple dead one: there's a story behind every piece of it [wink].
- How to create seamless tiles in Photoshop.
Now what do you suggest for the new design?
(Photo by HAMACHI - CC License)
I have a new camera. It's an Olympus E-510 DSLR. I'm still playing with it to learn its features but so far not bad.
Also this is old news but I just read about it. It is the story of a small-city in Iran where people are so much into star gazing that some nights they even turn off all the city lights. Read it here: Stargazing Bug Seizes the Imagination in Iran.
- Photos: A Town with a Passion for Astronomy
My M.Sc. thesis defense is this Friday. Here is the screen-shot of the title page of my presentation:
I have no job and no place to stay after I graduate. So I guess I will be searching full-time for a full-time job then.