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  1. IPv6

    February 3, 2011 by Daniel

    It’s pretty inconsequential to the vast majority of people. But it’s going to be inconsequential in the same way postcodes are to people soon.
    It’s been a fascinating story for a number of years now. The explosion of the Internet, the way it’s changed business and society. The other fascinating part is that it’s popularity and expansion is so much of a surprise to those that built it in the first place.

    The addressing system for the internet that caught on, IPv4 has 2^32 addresses (that’s 4,294,967,296). Vint Cerf thought that would be plenty and at the time in 1981 not many would argue with him.
    But now there are many more people in the world and lots of those people want to use the internet. They might share a device, or they might have access to many more and each of those devices needs an address to talk to the internet.

    Today the last blocks of addresses were handed out the the regional authorities who will then hand out smaller blocks of addresses to ISPs. So this is it we’re near the end.

    Soon to add a new device to the internet we will be forced to use something else. But in most cases we’re not ready for it. We were talking about it when I was at Uni, we were still talking about it a few years later in 2007 when I went to a RIPE course and we are still yet to switch it on in many cases in 2011.

    Further reading:
    The great articles by Iljitsch Van Beijnum at Ars.
    Geoff Huston‘s countdown and writings.
    Test your own connection.
    Find out how long our region (Europe) has left.

  2. Maxvoltar – Dreaming of an Apple Tablet

    January 12, 2010 by Daniel

    Tablet docked

    Maxvoltar – Dreaming of an Apple Tablet.

    Nice idea, but Apple did it before with the Duo Dock (that’s not to say they won’t do it again).

  3. On Demand Idea

    November 5, 2009 by Daniel


    Why has noone written a mash-up site combining all of the UK channels on-demand services via RSS or something?

    Get a schedule feed of all the channels and match the shows to the relevant catch up service.

  4. Say Hello Wave Goodbye

    October 7, 2009 by Daniel

    Got my Wave invite today, courtesy of Dave. First impressions? Hmm, well it’s not revolutionary, I mean you can do stuff and edit stuff live which is pretty good. It’s a bit like a cross between Google Docs and an email client really. So for Google it’s not revolutionary but for anyone that hasn’t used collaborative online tools it will seem like it is.
    Will it replace email, IM, etc? Not until it’s opened up a bit. Imagine you could only email other people using the same ISP, it’s like that at the moment – you can only contact people with Google accounts (and at the moment Google accounts enabled for Google Wave).
    Still it’s a bit limited right now as I only know 2 other people on it and i’ve not been given any invites.

  5. Space Shuttle

    September 22, 2009 by Daniel

    Did you know that the UK has an abort landing site for the Space Shuttle? RAF Fairford.

    If the Shuttle ever had to land there it might be carted away like this:

    Discovery on a 747

    Discovery on a 747

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