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Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Every time a computerized network device of any kind (computer, phone , PDA, Ipod, Car, etc...) connects to the internet it is assigned an Internet Protocol address (IP address)- it's that '443.445.678.912' looking number that you can find if you know where to look. This address allows it to be recognized by host machines and provides the capability to browse through the web. Every day more and more devices are being designed to connect to the web. The problem is that the current Internet Protocol version 4(IPv4) was designed in the 1970's and has a capacity to assign 4.3 billion unique IP address. This probably seemed like a sufficient amount in the '70's when only a couple of thousand computers world wide were on-line. By the best estimate -there will be maximum capacity by 2008 - meaning there is no more room to connect to the web.
The new plan is to adopt Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) which will allow up to 340 undecillion IP address. That's 240 trillion, trillion, trillion. What an incomprehensible number!?!?! Our military is strongly backing this move since almost everything they have and are designing is intended to be constantly on-line. Many other countries are already underway with re-programming to adopt IPv6. It's going to be a huge deal in the next 2 years - you'll start hearing about it on the news. It is estimated to cost over $25 billion dollars (in the next 25 years) in the U.S. alone.
Most likely you and I will never actually have to do anything other than download a Microsoft update or buy a new computer with the new version programmed. But it's interesting to see how fast the net has expanded. Perhaps when I'm old they'll need Version 7 because all the 340 undecillion IP addresses are not enough.


Blogger Dr. Metal said...

You are an *amateur* scourge. No real scourge would be passing off such useful information. . . unless it's entirely false and you're trying to make me look like a fool when I bring it in conversation trying to look real "with it."

9:53 AM  
Blogger Buckminster Skeeter said...

Someimtes I like to pass along usefull tidbit's. I don't have to BS Dr. Metal to be a scourge. Being his friend is scourge enough.

12:49 PM  

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