FWIW, I have a couple of sites that might be useful for folks trying to do this sort of thing:
http://ip.luo.ma or https://ip.luo.ma will show your (external) IP.
http://hostname.luo.ma or https://hostname.luo.ma will show your external hostname and your IP (if you are using
curl note that the hostname is the first line, then there is a
<br> as the second line, and the IP is the third line)
I was tired of trying to remember what the sites were that were good for this and not cluttered with ads, so I just put together the simplest option I could.
http://time.luo.ma or https://time.luo.ma will show you the current time, first in Unix time, and then in US/Eastern (which, as we all know, is the “One True Time Zone”). For example, as I write this, it is currently:
Tuesday, 28 July 2020 at 11:06:26 PM EDT
I use the
time site as a quick check if I need to make sure that I’m online. Years ago I used to pull up Google but there are some portals which capture/cache Google, but no one has my little site on their radar, so it’s a good reliable way to make sure I’m online.
I have most of my sites now redirecting the
https but I left these with both because sometimes it can be helpful to know if
http is working and
https is not.
Oh, and I almost forgot there is also:
http://ua.luo.ma and https://ua.luo.ma which will just show you the User Agent that your browser is reporting.