I’ve always loved the internet, but I’m not a Very Online person, exactly. I don’t really hang out there. I didn’t fall in love with the people, or the community; I fell in love with the network. The physical reality of packed switched routing, the awkward unlikely miracle of a bunch of computers – rocks we flattened and jammed lightning into – talking to each other. Interacting. Just a few at first, here and there, but gradually more and more, on long strings of copper underground and hung on wooden poles and finally across entire oceans, until they circled the globe in a single, all-encompassing internet. Kind of amazing. Continue reading
Confession: I didn’t learn either of the two reasons to use a bathroom vent until I was in my mid 20s or so. 🤷
Pride of the South Pacific
…the total outcome of NATs is to increase the available address capacity in IPv4 from 4 billion endpoints (232) to some 1,000 trillion endpoints (250). …the usable address capacity in IPv6 is somewhere between 49 bits and 58 bits. This conclusion points to the observation that the overall carrying capacity of IPv6 is not all that different from that of a dense IPv4 deployment making highly efficient use of NATs.
– Geoff Huston, IPv4 Address Markets (emphasis mine)
Odd bit of lyrics from Do You Hear What I Hear?:
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring Him silver and gold