Tag: IPv6

How to get a Comcast IPv6 address with everyday gear and a few mouse clicks

ipv6logoThe last time I tinkered with IPv6, it involved tunneling and a custom router. Since that time World IPv6 Day has come and gone, meaning internet service providers have had plenty of time to get a handle on the next generation IP addressing scheme. Seeing as Comcast is one of those major ISPs, Time Warner Cable acquisition or not, and happens to be the one plugged in at my present location, I ventured to find out if the beast could be roused. Without jumping through all the previous hoops.

Long story short … the findings were resoundingly positive. So what follows is the how-to, which has been outlined while running Apple networking gear but does not preclude possible tweaks for other hardware.

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The last day of the year – time for 2007 predictions

It is the last day of 2006. What better time for predictions…

From the experts:

Spamroll says:

  • Spam will not end in late January (and Bill Gates will remain mum thereafter)
  • Some spyware companies will be getting sued again by February, while the rest change their company name
  • The government will quit buying consumer data in March, after determining that who is buying TMX Elmo is in no way correlated with who has a tendency to be a terrorist
  • Everyone will be backing up their hard drives by April, but only if external hard drives are free
  • They’ll be encrypting them by May, because everyone will be running hacked versions of Vista
  • We’ll all take the summer off, since phishers already do
  • Back-to-school will piss off millions of children, and not much else
  • October will be much like September
  • Telcos will implement IPv6 for Thanksgiving, and everyone on the internet will know who everyone else is, once and for all (with the exception of MacBook Pro users, which are already being tracked via heatsink)
  • We’ll get a ton of self-serving predictions for 2008, a week early at Christmas

Happy New Year!

UPDATE: Sarcasm does work – someone is thinking about backup.

US Government sets IPv6 transition timeline

Looks like the transition will happen sometime in 2008, roughly two years ahead of the Microsoft Windows Vista revised release date.

Of course, the transition to IPv6 is already happening over here. Sounds like Google doesn’t want to wait either.

Blue Security crash brings bigger debate

The Blue Security fiasco took down SixApart, but it seems the trouble didn’t end there. Multitudes of related operations went haywire, begging the question – is the internet really that fragile?

Slashdot readers debate the issue. I wonder if embracing IPv6 would solve a lot of these problems.

Releasing hacking tools early ain’t so bad

Hacker’s tools can be used for no good, but a lot of folks use them to test vulnerabilities, so early release can be a very good thing. Meanwhile, IPv6 is hardly popular in the US, despite how easy it is to get going, because service/content/network providers in the States just haven’t embraced it (mostly citing cost issues). But when they do, they’ll have hacking tools to help them out.

Someone is finally targeting IPv6

In the US, no less. A new firm Command Information, is promising a better internet by pushing the IPv6 standard. I can’t help but say its about time.

Getting up to snuff in this arena will bring the need for new hardware and software, and new human resources to bear. Many will say that the IP address they have now is good enough – “what do I need that for?” And I’ll say that is exactly the kind of thinking that will keep the US on a tech competitiveness losing streak. And for those that don’t believe that’s happening, just ask the software engineer who just lost out on a project to someone overseas. If you want to be at the forefront of technological advancement, you have to have the right tools. And the new IP addressing standard is one of them.

I might also say go do it yourself, but that would be a bit harsh, and more than a bit presumptuous.

IPv6 in the house was no big deal

ipv6.jpgI have been following the IPv6 thing for a while now, mostly wondering why it is second nature for non-US ISPs, and why the US just can’t seem to get its act together on it.

So a few days ago I took it upon myself to determine just how far out of reach IPv6 was for the average finance geek turned tech explorer.

What did I find? Cake..nothing but cake.
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Losing tech competitiveness in more ways than one

Everyone knows the story about Google sucking up all the brainpower in the Bay Area. On the flip side of the coin, folks say you can do anything and work from anywhere in the internet age, so why work for Google? That is true if you have the human resources and infrastructure to beat the next guy to the punch, and two unfolding elements could throw that off.
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