Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 685

Innovations in Internet Technology are the focus of Blake Hall's Day 685 entry over on THE 800 DAYS blog. In particular, a worry that the internet is running out of email addresses seems to have put Blake into tech-hunt mode.

Tech-hunt mode - a hunt to find out about new technology - namely for the problem of the internet running out of email addresses!

Actually - I never thought I would even hear of such a thing - but then I read some information on the news sites saying that millions of brand new internet users log on and create new accounts every single day and this count has been high like this for almost a decade... I'm not sure if what I've read is completely accurate but if the numbers are even half what is stated - WOW - there are tons and tons of email addresses and webspace being used up.

Luckily, Blake has been digging up some information which says that expert tech people have already been working on this problem for a long time and have a way to introduce a new technology/format for the internet that will allow for 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 unique addresses...

Oh, there are all those numbers again... but I'm not going to let all those numbers bother me at all today.

The important thing is that this new technology is going to be ready to go and large networks can start switching over to this new format, called IPv6 anytime.

There are more details on dates (when IPv6 will have a test run, etc) over in Blake's article on the blog.

The Day 685 article is about new internet technology called IPv6, and is associated with Friday February 4 2011.

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