12/31/2008

The IPv6 Year in Review

Happy New Year (OK, a few hours early for that) ... anyway - It has been a great year for IPv6:
Some root servers got IPv6 addresses (+AAAA records)
Google held a little tech conference, great videos!
IPv6 Growth Increases 300 Percent in Two Years
Sensor vendors (Such as ArchRock) coming into their own
Industry finally starting to push IPv6 deployment / adoption
Google starts some public IPv6 testing, more info here
The OMB522 Mandate, of course
The 2008 Olympics was an IPv6 milestone
NAT-PT gets demoted to "historic"
... but NAT makes a comeback @ IETF73 (and elsewhere)
IPv6 turned ten!
Jeff Doyle has some similar thoughts, great excerpt:
"Another, more subtle, milestone is the change in the way IPv6 is presented in public networking forums. We have left behind what might be called the “marketing phase” of IPv6; most everyone in the IP networking world now understands that IPv6 is inevitable. Network operators (starting in the latter half of last year) are now focused on how to best implement IPv6; large portions of the agendas at NANOG, RIPE, and APRICOT have been devoted to strategy sharing. "


And, looking forward, there are lots of interesting goings-on:
Google's IPv6 Implementers' Conference
IETF74 promises lots of IPv6-relevant action

... and, for a gratuitous plug, if you decide you need to start getting up to speed - or advancing your knowledge of IPv6 - I know who you should ask: Command Information's IPv6 Training Calendar (Also reachable via a shorter URL)

(Oh, and I still HIGHLY recommend everyone read Geoff Huston's latest article!)

So, what are your thoughts for 2008, IPv6 and life in general?
((Cross-posted))

12/19/2008

IPv6 article - not your average one though!


An interesting, not-the-usual-stuff IPv6 article from Geoff Huston - hop aboard the IPv6 Rocket Train
... and lots of other fantastic works of art, like the IPv6 Rocket Train, therein!
Please share thoughts, comments, etc. ... I am still formulating mine! (But P157 is particularly key!!)
((crossposted))

12/10/2008

Newest member of my family

... or perhaps I should say, newest addition to my fleet? Anyway, I have purchased a new car ... something practical:
2009 Ford Mustang GT
(Note: this is not actually a picture of MY Mustang, but it is mighty close ... once work slows down I might have time to take a good picture)
... sorry I hadn't mentioned it here sooner, if you follow me @ other places you would already know that this all went down Saturday ...

11/26/2008

Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!
... I have a sweet 4 days weekend, which includes a family trip to Virginia Beach ... weeeee!

Oh, and guess what SOMEBODY is getting for his birthday:
Gears of War 2

11/07/2008

An Open Letter to President-Elect Obama

Some thoughts from a good friend, Glen - over here which I am gratuitously copying here:
President-elect Obama,
It seems congratulations are in order to you and to the Democrat party on your successful bids for the American presidency and both houses of Congress. I congratulate, also, those Americans who put the proper time, effort, and thought into their choice of elected officials.
Also, I must profess appreciation for the wisdom inherent in the following words uttered at your acceptance speech on that historic Tuesday evening in Chicago, “And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.”
I, sir, am one of those voices. As are more than 50 million of our fellow Americans. You campaigned as a “Great Unifier”, soon will come the time to make good on that promise. Undoubtably, it will be no easy task to join red and blue, capitalist and socialist, Conservative and Progressive. With this in mind, I have put together a short list of suggestions aimed at helping you traverse the obstacles that will surely impede your progress along this arduous, near impossible path.
Sir, despite your belief that many of your fellow citizens cling to guns simply out of some mental or psychological weakness, the truth is that many of us have a deep seated faith in the Second Amendment for a much deeper, fundamental, and yes even American reason. There are those who innately understand that a government that takes away the ability of its people to protect themselves from that self same body is no longer an government by and of the people, but rather a government that in fact rules its people. The NRA alone has more than four million members. You, sir, will be their president, too.
Sir, it may be your view that those who oppose your tax programs must be selfish, unfair, or simply unpatriotic; but let me assure you this is, in fact, not the case. You must at least attempt to entertain the thought that there may be no small number of Americans who may simply disagree with the idea of taxation as a mechanism for social change. A group with a different view of the government’s role in the pilfering of monies. Who understand that taxation and freedom exist in opposition, and that the more there is of one, the less there will be of the other. Our founding fathers understood this. They fought a revolution for this very idea. Millions of Americans still hold those old fashioned beliefs. You, sir, will be their president, too.
Sir, I ought not show such hubris as to question your belief in the sanctity of the First Amendment, but there have been some rather ominous signs during your campaign of an inclination toward intimidation and the silencing of your critics. Your monk-like silence while your followers viciously attacked the personal lives of those who would question or disagree with your views lends to the belief that you condone such behavior. The smear campaigns against Joe the Plumber, Stanley Kurtz, and Sara Palin come to mind. Both sides need understand that the First Amendment does not absolve one from disagreement or from opposing arguments. But it most definitely should protect a citizen from personal attacks, unlawful government intrusions, and any and all types of intimidation. Most all Americans believe deeply in their First Amendment right of freedom of speech. Unfortunately, fewer believe that right includes the free speech of others as well. You, sir, will be their president, too.
Sir, it may just be that the notion ‘no matter what the question, government is the answer’ has been encoded into your personal DNA, but this is not the belief of a large section of the American public. In fact, many believe they succeed in spite of the government, not because of it. As a scholar interested in our shared history, you surely must know that the Federal government today is larger than it has ever been at any time in our history. Yet somehow our ancestors, with that very same smaller government, endured and even prospered for nearly two and a half centuries. The fact is many believe this was not merely a coincidence. You, sir, will be their president, too.
Sir, I will give you the benefit of the doubt that your stance on Global Warming comes from an honorable place, that you are in fact more interested in protecting our shared planet than accumulating even more governmental power. But do your stated policies even stand up to scrutiny? Many believe they do not. According to Jacob Sullum at Townhall.com, you plan to “”implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050." That is even more ambitious than the goal of a cap-and-trade bill that the Department of Energy estimates would cost between $444 billion and $1.3 trillion in reduced economic growth over two decades.” The Cato Institute’s Policy Analysis “The Consequences Of Kyoto” posits that even with a worldwide adherence to Kyoto protocols, “The amount of warming "saved" by the emissions reduction...is infinitesimal: 0.19 degrees C.” Let’s face it, not even a polar bear could feel that variation. Again that 0.19 degrees, sir, is with a worldwide adherence. Your program simply deals with America alone. Let’s do the math, over a billion dollar hit to the U.S. economy on the one side, the mere possibility of a fraction of a degree temperature change on the other. There are still a few Americans left with the facility of critical thought. You, sir, will be their president, too.
In closing, sir, I “hope” that you truly are a “change” from what we who may disagree with you have come to expect from the Liberal establishment. I hope that you will, as you have said, hear our voices and be open to our help. As hard as it may be for you to fathom, we ‘loyal opposition’ still have America’s best interests at heart. It is important, if you wish to be true to the moniker of “Uniter”, that you do not simply dismiss us. For you, sir, are our president, too.
Sorry to copy it Glen, but I couldn't pick just one good part ...

11/04/2008

President Obama

Congratulations to our (projected) new President, and let's hope he fails to deliver on all of the "promises" and "change" that got him elected - our country is already mostly great, and doesn't need that much change. But congratulations are due, and it IS a history-making moment - our first African American President!

Heh, and Beth shares a plus out of this via Twitter - "Looks like Sen. Hillary Clinton will be boxed out from the White House for the next four to eight years"

Let's also hope that the Republican Party decides to regroup, and just maybe actually be Conservative again.

Oh, and I am also disappointed in my home state - Virginia - for becoming so "blue" ... so many of the people in my state buying into the load of WHAT I BELIEVE are false (and I believe intentionally misleading) promises.


PS - IS THIS A GOOD TIME TO ANNOUNCE MY WRITE-IN CANDIDACY FOR 2012?
VOTE TJ/2012 - IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!

A last-couple-hours plea for reason to "We the people" ...


From over at Townhall.com, an excellent article ... some choice excerpts:
"The prospect of a Barack Obama presidency makes me very nervous.

Obama's entire campaign has been based on the need for radical, transformational change, which implies there is something very wrong with America.

It's hardly surprising, then, that he has painted the bleakest picture of America instead of acknowledging, as a starting point, that we are still the greatest nation in the world.

For the past eight years, Democrats have slandered America ...
...
They've preached bipartisanship while exhibiting the nastiest partisanship in my lifetime, calling Bush "King George III," "Hitler," a "murderer," a "war criminal," a "reckless cowboy," a "moron" and a "Christian throwback."
...
With all respect, almost everything about Obama's campaign is fraudulent. He masquerades as a uniter while dividing, polarizing and alienating us. He denies he's liberal, when objective sources score him as the most liberal senator. He says he barely knows militants and radicals with whom he has spent his lifetime cavorting and whose worldviews -- horrifyingly -- he shares. He brazenly disguises welfare redistributions as tax cuts. He and his surrogates keep changing his tax plan.
...
and finished with:
Before our very eyes, America stands poised to elect as president the most radical man ever to run for this office credibly. Don't say we didn't warn you."
... INDEED!

11/02/2008

Coming down to the wire ...

First and foremost - please vote! If you don't vote, don't complain.

OK, with that out of the way:
McCain and Palin vs Obama and Biden

An interesting quote, from Chris over @ Beth's place
Your vote belongs to you. Not the New York Times. Not the Washington Post. Not the elites of Europe. Not Fox News. Not your next door neighbor. You and you alone. It is your one way of thumbing your nose and sticking it to the people in charge. The only wasted vote is one that was not cast. Assume the other side is getting every eligible person out to vote and do your part. Encourage others that are thinking of not voting. Drag them to the polls if you have to. Don’t get down. Don’t stop. Don’t rest. We’ll have 2 years to rest after Tuesday. If we vote and lose, so be it. It wasn’t meant to be. If we lose because we didn’t vote, then that will make us derelict in our duty to our country. If that happens, we will only have ourselves to blame if we start losing freedoms and our wages to the government.

THIS RACE IS NOT OVER UNTIL TUESDAY NIGHT WHEN THE POLLS CLOSE IN YOUR AREA.


Naturally, I think you should Vote for McCain :) ...

Did you hear about this - Obama wants to bankrupt coal powerplants? Global warming aside, do you like to have heat during winter? Just asking.

And if you like old music, don't support Obama and need a bit of entertainment - Obama, the Kool-Aid Main

10/29/2008

SHAME, CUBED


A pretty righteous articles entitled: SHAME, CUBED, an abridged excerpt:
THE FIRST CIRCLE OF SHAME
There is nothing vague or ambiguous about this. Nothing.
From the top:
“…The Supreme Court never entered into the issues of re-distribution of wealth, and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And uh, to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical.”

...

THE SECOND CIRCLE OF SHAME
Mercifully shorter than the First, and simply this: I happen to know the person who found this audio. It is an individual person, with no more resources than a desire to know everything that he or she can about who might be the next President of the United States and the most powerful man in the world.
I know that this person does not have teams of highly-paid professionals, does not work out of a corner office in a skyscraper in New York, does not have access to all of the subtle and hidden conduits of information… who possesses no network television stations, owns no satellite time, does not receive billions in advertising dollars, and has a staff of exactly ONE.

...

THE THIRD CIRCLE OF SHAME
This discovery will hurt Obama much more than Joe the Plumber.
What will be left of my friend, and my friend’s family, I wonder, when the press is finished with them?


So, you - now - go read the whole thing. Apparently, you can also comment over here

10/28/2008

Update from Canada

Teaching IPv6 up here in the not-yet-frosty North, and just thought I'd drop a quick update here ...
More on biased reporting - READ ALL 5 pages ("Print" view)
Obama, big Marx fan
Barney Frank wants to cut defense spending ... WHAT??
DOW jumps 889
... oh, and a quote from Riley - "Ice Cream makes me do somersaults" ... :)

10/22/2008

Oh, and some quick thoughts on the media ...

Coverage of McCain Much More Negative Than That of Obama
Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

More political stuff ...

Excerpt from "The comprehensive argument against Barack Obama":
If recent polls are to believed, freshman Senator Barack Obama has a better than average chance of becoming America’s 44th President, the Commander-in-Chief of the planet’s most powerful military, and the proverbial leader of the free world. It’s worth mentioning that just four years ago as President Bush and Senator John Kerry were vying for the White House, Obama was still a part-time State Senator representing a liberal district in Chicago. Before that he was an attorney and, famously, a community organizer. In 2008, Obama has positioned himself as a post-partisan, thoughtful moderate with the superior judgment required to lead the country. These are lofty promises from a man with precious little executive experience, and a Senate career that lasted exactly 143 legislative days before he launched yet another campaign for higher office. No one can deny his ambition. In fact, if Obama wins on November 4th—and serves one full term in the Oval Office—the Presidency of the United States would be the longest consecutively held full-time job he has ever held without seeking another.
... now go read (and watch, LOTS of videos!) the whole thing ...

Oh, and go read this and this as well!

10/20/2008

IPv4 "Liberalized Transfer" decision ...

There is a raging debate amongst those who care about whether or not IPv4 addresses should be transferable ... one such group is the ARIN PPML ("Public Policy Mailing List") ((archive | subscribe)) ... and here is a picture representing one person's (not mine, click on it for the source) perception of the thought process involved (not necessarily saying I endorse the decision process it shows, but it is a strong effort!):


Do I Support a Liberalized Transfer Policy?

More "Wealth Spread" ...



From Frank J. Gaffney, Jr, at the Center for Security Policy
(Source=http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/home.aspx?sid=140&categoryid=140&subcategoryid=141):

(Note - I kept trying to pick an excerpt and couldn't do it without diluting the point, so am quoting it almost in it's entirety ... apologies!)
The days following the third Obama-McCain debate have been filled with invective, much of it aimed at obscuring the extent to which Senator Obama actually embraces a redistributionist agenda. Democratic partisans have emphasized their man's proposal to give tax cuts for 95%, insisting that only the rich earning more than $250,000 would be soaked. Republicans have retorted that 40% of Americans pay no taxes, so they would actually be getting tax credits - significantly increasing the wealth dispersed at the government's discretion. Along the way, Joe the Plumber became political road-kill, his professional, political and tax status the object of withering scrutiny and criticism.

As it happens, Sen. Obama has exhibited a commitment to "spreading the wealth around" that extends far beyond his ominously socialistic Robin Hood agenda for this country. Late last year, he introduced the Global Poverty Act (S.2433). Interestingly, one of the bill's original co-sponsors was Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, a man rumored to be a leading candidate for Secretary of Defense in an Obama administration. Another sponsor is the Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, who moved S.2433 to the Senate floor without a single hearing in his Foreign Relations Committee.

The stated purposes of this legislation purport to be as modest as they are seemingly laudable. Who can object to the goal of dramatically reducing hunger and privation that afflicts hundreds of millions around the world? And who could find fault with congressional direction that the President come up with a strategy to advance this goal?

Unfortunately, the apparently innocuous language of S.2433 belies a larger and troubling purpose, one that augurs ill for those of us who still think of ourselves as American citizens - rather than as, in Sen. Obama's words, "citizens of the world." It would explicitly make it the policy of the United States " to promote the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day."

The operative phrase in this problematic policy directive is "the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal." In fact, the bill would require that the mandated presidential strategy coordinate "the goal of poverty reduction with the other internationally recognized Millennium Development Goals." (Emphasis added.)

The Obama bill makes clear, in turn, that the latter are the objectives laid out by the United Nations General Assembly in its 2000 "Millennium Declaration" resolution. As the legislation goes on to note, these goals include (but are not limited to): "eradicating extreme hunger, promoting gender equality, empowering women," combating communicable diseases, "ensuring environmental sustainability," affording access to clean water and sanitation and "achieving significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers."

Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid reminds us that, in order to advance these ambitious goals, the Millennium Declaration would require the United States to apply "0.7% of gross national product (GNP) as official development assistance."

In other words, for each year between 2002 and 2015, the United States would have to cough up roughly $65 billion over-and-above its current foreign aid distributions. This amounts to a staggering commitment of at least $845 billion - all of which is to be given to the notoriously incompetent and corrupt United Nations to manage.
... go here for the rest (and other great articles)

10/17/2008

And some political videos ...

Note to McCain - forget Ayers, forget ACORN ... not because they aren't bad enough, not because they show a consistent pattern of choosing to associate with questionable people or doing illegal activities ... rather, forget about them because they are not issues YOU should be focusing on. You need to stick with the issues at hand, where you have a clear advantage (IMHO) over Senator Obama.


10/16/2008

Stumbled across some new'ish IPv6 Videos ...


Fred Baker on IPv4 / IPv6 Coexistence - long, but GOOD


SIG: Use Cases


SIG: Extended Discussion

McCain coming to PWC


Welcome John McCain to Prince William County, VA

Politics as usual ...

A couple of quick thoughts from Malkin:
Debate3 wrap-up:
Obama brings up his 95 percent tax cut fantasy.
McCain blasts Obama for his “spread the wealth around” ideology. I want Joe the Plumber to spread the wealth around. Why would you want to increase anyone’s taxes right now? I’m not going to do that in my administration.
Obama invokes his friend, billionaire Warren Buffett in response.
Not such a bright move there, Barry.
We’re talking about a plumber and Obama leans on one of the richest men in the world as a crutch?

While quoting Malkin, "Only chumps still pay their mortgages":
The bank nationalization Trojan Horse was brought to you by a GOP administration.
...
Thrift is dead.
Fiscal conservatism is dead.
Just walk away.

And, while I am here, let me share this little gem ... :
Obama's WealthSpread™: I Can't Believe It's Not Earned!





10/02/2008

Interesting thoughts for today:

1) Church is the alpha ... wow! Dunno what I am talking about?
2) Is it just me, or can you not create (Google) Blogger posts using (Google's) Chrome?
Your browser's cookie functionality is disabled. Please enable JavaScript and cookies in order to use Blogger.

9/30/2008

IPv6 meeting Wed & Thur

There is a relatively important meeting happening Wed & Thursday, and I would encourage all who are interested - listen in! The quick description:
“An interim meeting will be organized on October 1-2, 2008, in Montreal, Canada to continue discussions about the IPv4 and IPv6 co-existence, NAT-PT replacement, and new tunneling or translation solutions to address needs in this space. This is a meeting that affects work happening in a number of WGs (SOFTWIRE, V6OPS, BEHAVE, INTAREA).”

The “right thing to do” if you will be listening in – go here, create an account and add yourself to the remote list (it’s a Wiki).
http://trac.tools.ietf.org/area/int/trac/wiki/RegistrationForv4v6interim

FWIW, The list of drafts to be discussed:
draft-arkko-townsley-coexistence-00
draft-wing-nat-pt-replacement-comparison-02
draft-nishitani-cgn-00
draft-despres-sam-00
draft-despres-sam-scenarios-00
draft-durand-softwire-dual-stack-lite-00.txt
draft-baker-behave-ivi-01
draft-xli-behave-ivi-00
draft-jennings-behave-nat6-00
draft-bagnulo-behave-nat64-01
draft-miyata-v6ops-snatpt-02
draft-endo-v6ops-dnsproxy-00

Thanks!
/TJ

9/16/2008

Word of the Day : Hypocrite

" WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview. " ... read the NYP article for more ...

... or how about this, from Drudge:
The nation's financials may be in a spiral, but cash is flowing into the Obama campaign faster than Marvin Hamlisch can play "Niagara"!

Yesterday, Obama declared how we are in "the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression."

Today he will host a dinner in Beverly Hills --- costing attendees $28,500 dollars each!

9/04/2008

IPv6, an anology

A great quote from the ARIN-PPML mailing list (not written by me):

"IP address space is allocated under homesteading rules: you must prove you need it before you can get it. The amount of unclaimed IPv4 space is running out, which means soon we'll need to buy it from someone else, though the homesteading rules will still apply. However, there's a new continent out there called IPv6, which has all the land we need for cheap, but it's on the other side of the ocean so we'd need ships called 'NAT-PT devices' for our customers to get back and forth until everyone else has migrated over too. Or, we can build taller buildings, using NAT construction, here on the IPv4 mainland to house more customers on less land, but those buildings are more expensive to buy and maintain, fall down frequently, and one day we'll need those same NAT-PT ships to get to all the folks over on the IPv6 continent."
... and the author continues, to note that "Yes, it has holes like any metaphor does, but it's good enough to explain to a non-techie the various problems and options available -- and their costs." ... INDEED!

8/04/2008

Now we are losing our Holidays?

File this under WTF ... from here:
Workers at the Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Shelbyville will no longer have a paid day off on Labor Day but will instead be granted the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.

According to a news release from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a new five-year contract at the plant included the change to accommodate Muslim workers at the plant.

Tyson's director of media relations Gary Mickelson said the contract includes eight paid holidays -- the same number as the old contract.

7/25/2008

Heh, Obama

Just a quick blurb -
"Barack Obama today canceled a trip to meet wounded American soldiers recovering at Landstuhl, Germany in favor of a shopping trip in Berlin"
... hat-tip to the fine folks over @ RedState
(Update : there was some debate on the underlying validity of the statement)

(Oh, and if you need a good laugh at Pelosi's expense, check this)

7/24/2008

Ever-so-slight DNS vulnerability

In case you didn't catch it, Title = sarcasm. I won't re-hash the details, you can Google it. Let me share one relevant quote from a well-known guy who knows his stuff WRT DNS:

11 seconds.
And AT&T refuses to patch.
And all iPhones use those name servers.
Your move.



Nice.
PS - Seriously, patch.

Citizendium


Ever heard of, or used, Citizendium? From their "Why Us" Page:
What is the point of the Citizendium," you might ask, "when Wikipedia is so huge and of reasonably good quality? Is there really a need for it?"
There is a better way for humanity to come together to make an encyclopedia.

To put it forcefully: there is a better way for humanity to come together to make an encyclopedia. So we make this appeal to you. If we can do better than Wikipedia—or more positively, if we can pioneer a truly effective way to gather knowledge—then shouldn't we?

Sounds interesting, and you can find me there as well :).

7/22/2008

NYT vs McCain

Gratuitously copied from Beth's place ...
The NYT refused to run it saying it needed to agree, not disagree, with Obama. In the spirit of spreading the word, I’m going to do a copycat. So with a hat tip to LC Brendan over at the Rott, here is McCain’s rejected editorial he sent to the NYT:

The DRUDGE REPORT presents the McCain editorial in its submitted form:

In January 2007, when General David Petraeus took command in Iraq, he called the situation “hard” but not “hopeless.” Today, 18 months later, violence has fallen by up to 80% to the lowest levels in four years, and Sunni and Shiite terrorists are reeling from a string of defeats. The situation now is full of hope, but considerable hard work remains to consolidate our fragile gains.

Progress has been due primarily to an increase in the number of troops and a change in their strategy. I was an early advocate of the surge at a time when it had few supporters in Washington. Senator Barack Obama was an equally vocal opponent. “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there,” he said on January 10, 2007. “In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”

Now Senator Obama has been forced to acknowledge that “our troops have performed brilliantly in lowering the level of violence.” But he still denies that any political progress has resulted.

Perhaps he is unaware that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has recently certified that, as one news article put it, “Iraq has met all but three of 18 original benchmarks set by Congress last year to measure security, political and economic progress.” Even more heartening has been progress that’s not measured by the benchmarks. More than 90,000 Iraqis, many of them Sunnis who once fought against the government, have signed up as Sons of Iraq to fight against the terrorists. Nor do they measure Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s new-found willingness to crack down on Shiite extremists in Basra and Sadr City—actions that have done much to dispel suspicions of sectarianism.

The success of the surge has not changed Senator Obama’s determination to pull out all of our combat troops. All that has changed is his rationale. In a New York Times op-ed and a speech this week, he offered his “plan for Iraq” in advance of his first “fact finding” trip to that country in more than three years. It consisted of the same old proposal to pull all of our troops out within 16 months. In 2007 he wanted to withdraw because he thought the war was lost. If we had taken his advice, it would have been. Now he wants to withdraw because he thinks Iraqis no longer need our assistance.

To make this point, he mangles the evidence. He makes it sound as if Prime Minister Maliki has endorsed the Obama timetable, when all he has said is that he would like a plan for the eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops at some unspecified point in the future.

Senator Obama is also misleading on the Iraqi military’s readiness. The Iraqi Army will be equipped and trained by the middle of next year, but this does not, as Senator Obama suggests, mean that they will then be ready to secure their country without a good deal of help. The Iraqi Air Force, for one, still lags behind, and no modern army can operate without air cover. The Iraqis are also still learning how to conduct planning, logistics, command and control, communications, and other complicated functions needed to support frontline troops.

No one favors a permanent U.S. presence, as Senator Obama charges. A partial withdrawal has already occurred with the departure of five “surge” brigades, and more withdrawals can take place as the security situation improves. As we draw down in Iraq, we can beef up our presence on other battlefields, such as Afghanistan, without fear of leaving a failed state behind. I have said that I expect to welcome home most of our troops from Iraq by the end of my first term in office, in 2013.

But I have also said that any draw-downs must be based on a realistic assessment of conditions on the ground, not on an artificial timetable crafted for domestic political reasons. This is the crux of my disagreement with Senator Obama.

Senator Obama has said that he would consult our commanders on the ground and Iraqi leaders, but he did no such thing before releasing his “plan for Iraq.” Perhaps that’s because he doesn’t want to hear what they have to say. During the course of eight visits to Iraq, I have heard many times from our troops what Major General Jeffrey Hammond, commander of coalition forces in Baghdad, recently said: that leaving based on a timetable would be “very dangerous.”

The danger is that extremists supported by Al Qaeda and Iran could stage a comeback, as they have in the past when we’ve had too few troops in Iraq. Senator Obama seems to have learned nothing from recent history. I find it ironic that he is emulating the worst mistake of the Bush administration by waving the “Mission Accomplished” banner prematurely.

I am also dismayed that he never talks about winning the war—only of ending it. But if we don’t win the war, our enemies will. A triumph for the terrorists would be a disaster for us. That is something I will not allow to happen as president. Instead I will continue implementing a proven counterinsurgency strategy not only in Iraq but also in Afghanistan with the goal of creating stable, secure, self-sustaining democratic allies.


Bite us, Times. You’re just a dinosaur waiting for extinction.
Good to see the New York Times isn't biased or anything.

7/19/2008

Good article @ Wired, IPv6 Security

Over at Blog.wired, a great article has been posted - The Ghost in Your Machine: IPv6 Gateway to Hackers - featuring Command Information's Joe Klein talking about IPv6, security and the impact of unintended consequences ... short version, vendors - get your products' up to speed WRT IPv6

7/05/2008

Some thoughts for fellow Virginians ...

A quick note from the National Taxpayer's Union, about some ongoings in Virginia:
(Sadly, I won't be able to make it ...))


In late February, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a $300 million tax grab on the part of two unelected bureaucratic bodies was unconstitutional. But Governor Tim Kaine refuses to take "no" for an answer ... he now wants to replace the ill-gotten revenue being refunded after the Court decision, by backing new tax hikes that will hit Northern Virginians hard.


The Governor's plan for boosting transportation funds includes raising the motor vehicle tax from 3 percent to 4 percent, raising the annual vehicle registration fee from $39.50 to $49.50, raising the grantor's tax by $0.25 per $100 of value, and raising the retail sales tax in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads by 1 percent on everything except food and drugs.


One of the organizations on the losing end of the Supreme Court ruling, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), is counting on an infusion of tax dollars from the Governor's scheme to bankroll its ambitious projects. Rather than prioritizing government spending and eliminating unnecessary programs elsewhere in the budget to come up with the money, some public officials would allow the NVTA to prey on your wallet!


On Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 pm the NVTA is holding a public hearing at George Mason High School. Join the National Taxpayers Union in voicing your opposition to more tax hikes to fund an unelected and unaccountable bureaucracy.


The details of the meeting are as follows:
Public Hearing: Northern Virginia's Transportation Needs
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
Date: Thursday, July 10
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043



More details are available here, and a map is available here.


Please mark your calendar for next Thursday and plan on attending. With your help, NTU can win the fight to keep more of your hard-earned money where it belongs ... in your pocket.
Sincerely,
Your NTU Grassroots Action Team



Also, more Virginia-relevant items of interest here
... and checkout their ratings of the 2008 candidates (hint : Obama=F)
... and note that they also (rightfully!) support the Fair Tax!


/TJ ... still on vacation!

6/30/2008

IPv6 "D-Day"

It has been a busy week or so!


A full week ago, DNS turned 25! Conveniently, later in the week, ICANN's board approved opening up the DNS space to arbitrary TLDs (adding to the traditional .com .net .edu .edu .info ... etc.). Luckily, with a fairly high bar for entry, to limit ability of phishers to abuse this new space - although this also raises questions about where all that money will be going ...

Also last week, Cisco Live was happening in Orlando - and had a record # of IPv6 related sessions! These sessions included talks on security, routing protocols, real world deployment experiences ... and, of course, Cisco answers to most of the mentioned concerns :). (I was there, and saw a couple of familiar faces (former students, clients and coworkers) as well as meeting some great people from Cisco who I have exchanged emails with in the past but had not yet met) ((Oh, and seeing the Bare Naked Ladies (natch, the band), the Blue Man Group and Ben Stein were a great bonus!))


Back to that IPv6 D-Day thing ... so, today is June 30th, 2008. And with little fanfare, the OMB522 deadline has arrived. Did this change the world?

Of course not - but it *is* a step in the right direction, representing the US government making something of a dedicated effort (with varying levels of real world applicability) in having their ginormous IT infrastructure being future-ready. That is a Good Thing!!

In fact, increasingly more people agree it is an absolutely critical thing - factoring in stats from The IPv4 Address Report:
Projected IANA Unallocated Address Pool Exhaustion: 05-Jan-2011
Projected RIR Unallocated Address Pool Exhaustion: 18-Nov-2011
(See previous comments on the meanings of these numbers, no need to re-hash that here :)!)

SO - with OMB522 (cough) completed, what's next?
Fantastic question ... the short answer is (sadly?) nothing.
The longer answer is that it is up to the representatives appointed to the OMB by the next administration.

While IPv6 admittedly doesn't have the same political pull as war, terrorism, economics, "global warming", social security, tax reform, the future of (medicare | entitlement spending | the decline of the US Dollar | campaign finance reform | energy independence | national broadband deployment) it would be nice to have some hints from either candidate on their opinions on the further advancement of IPv6 (not just in being able to route packets, but to actually use it ... and then the real benefit - when services that take advantage of something IPv6 offers become available / in use).



Just a few thoughts from someone who is mid-vacation.
/TJ (crosspost)

6/29/2008

Google Shuts Down Anti-Obama Sites on its Blogger Platform

-By Warner Todd Huston... edited by TJ (just formatting)
Google officially pro-Obama?It looks like Google has officially joined the Barack Obama campaign and decided that its contribution would be to shut down any blog on the Google owned Blogspot.com blogging system that has an anti-Obama message. Yes, it sure seems that Google has begun to go through its many thousands of blogs to lock out the owners of anti-Obama blogs so that the noObama message is effectively squelched. Thus far, Google has terminated the access by blog owners to 7 such sites and the list may be growing. Boy, it must be nice for Barack Obama to have an ally powerful enough to silence his opponents like that!

It isn't just conservative sites that Google's Blogger platform is eliminating. For instance, www.comealongway.blogspot.com has been frozen and this one is a Hillary supporting site. The operator of Come a Long Way has a mirror site off the Blogspot platform and has today posted this notice:



I used to have a happy internet home on Blogger: www.comealongway.blogspot.com. Then on Wednesday night, June 25, I received the following e-mail:

Dear Blogger user,

This is a message from the Blogger team. Your blog, at http://comealongway.blogspot.com/, has been identified as a potential spam blog. You will not be able to publish posts to your blog until we review your site and confirm that it is not a spam blog.

Sincerely,
The Blogger Team

It turns out that there is an interesting pattern where it concerns the blogs that Google's Blogspot team have summarily locked down on their service. They all belong to the Just Say No Deal coalition, a group of blogs that are standing against the Obama campaign. It seems the largest portion of these blogs are Hillary supporting blogs, too.

All I can say is, WOW! If Google is willing to abuse its power like this even against fellow leftists, what does it plan against conservatives, the folks Google hates even more!?

6/17/2008

5/30/2008

New IPv6 Book

"Global IPv6 Strategies: From Business Analysis to Operational Planning" from Cisco Press ... worth a look, just based on the authors! (Patrick Grossetete, Ciprian P. Ordovician, Fred Wettling)

*UPDATE: The book also has a website ... surprisingly, no nifty features :(. OH, and why isn't CommandInformation mentioned here?

5/27/2008

Happy (belated) Memorial Day

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend full of family, friends, flags, food and - of course - commemorations of our fallen.

Never forget the real reason for the holiday, amongst all of the celebrations.
Memorial Day

5/07/2008

Blogiversary

Just a quick note of Happy 4th Birthday to this humble, semi-inactive blog .... yea!

4/15/2008

ARIN / CAIDA IPv6 Survey Results Released


Good Evening!

Taking a stroll by the ARIN IPv6 Wiki you can find (amongst a wealth of other IPv6 information) a link to the results of a recent IPv6 "deployment" survey(.PDF).

At the very least, there are some interesting takeaways from that - one of them being the #3 item listed as the "Biggest Hurdles to IPv6 Deployment" (p11 for those of you following along!) - Knowledge/Education. Hmmm, I wonder where I could find a good source of IPv6 training? I might be just a bit biased though ...

Also fairly interesting, from the same page, is the bottom of the list - Performance, Allocation Policy and Multihoming. I am glad these are finally near the bottom, as two of those in particular (Performance, Multihoming) have been persistent questions that we as an industry have had to answer repeatedly.

Page 12 has some notables as well, like the #1 "Hurdle to IPv6 Allocation" - Have not gotten around to it yet ... wow. Compare that to IPv4, and the hurdles facing organizations trying to get large-block allocations of addresses ...

#4 from that list is quite telling as well, and I would have put it higher on the list if it were up to me (in fact, I did rank it higher when taking the survey :)) - ISP does not support IPv6. I am glad this is moving lower in the rankings as far as problems, but it is still quite a challenge sometimes.


I think that is enough for now, I could go on and on ... but instead, I will simply recommend that you go read it - and feel free to fire any questions in our direction! (Also note that it is a wiki, us mere mortals can contribute!!)

/TJ
PS - did you catch my earlier note about Cisco Live in June? I'd love to see you there!


... originally posted by yours truly on the Command Information Blog ...

4/01/2008

Cisco Live, Orlando, June



Anyone else going?
If you aren't, and want to - check it out ... need a referral? :)

If you are going, and are also interested in IPv6 ... check out the IPv6 group (Yes, I started it)

2/28/2008

You Are a Real Jeeper if...


1. A new dent in the sheet metal actually fixed another dent, or it just added some character.
2. You know at least 3 800 numbers to aftermarket off-road business by heart.
3. You are on a first name basis with the guys at every local auto parts store in town.
4. You want to take things apart and rebuild them, even if they are not broken.
5. You have a monetary equivalent of a Mercedes Sedan invested into your jeep, but it still looks like crap.
6. You consider starting a vehicle five times in any given minute routine.
7. You own a vehicle, which now weighs 1000 pounds more than when it came off the showroom floor.
8. You look for jeeps in everything, and try to figure out the year and model.
9. You are the type of person who immediately goes postal if you sit in a highway traffic jam more than 5 minutes, yet you can spend six hours driving one and half miles and consider it to be a form of relaxation.
10. You'll stop and look at any old rust heap thinking parts vehicle.
11. Your Jeep has more (farm/boat/military/other) equipment on it than OEM parts.
12. The weatherman says "Stay in, it's dangerous" and you think "Time to go wheeling".
13. You are happy that you can't use 1st gear on the street.
14. A military convoy passes by and you only look at the axles, tires, and antennas.
15. You have enough straps, chains, rope, etc. in your Jeep to keep the Queen Mary docked during a hurricane.
16. You understand that JEEP is a way of life, not just for transportation.
17. You use a hose to clean the inside and the outside.
18. A low-rider Jeep pulls up next to you, and you get out and Bitch slap the driver.
19. You have a high-water mark on the Inside of the Jeep.
20. You use a ice scraper on the Inside of the windshield.
21. The AAA guy breaks down, you stop and fix his problem and get back on the road.
22. You'll drive 2 days at 600 miles a day so you can spend 2 more days driving 3 miles per day.
23. You have more pictures of your Jeep than of your kids.
24. You spend more time deciding which $3.00 bushing to use than you do on personal hygiene.
25. You take your date home early on a Saturday night so you can work on your Jeep.
26. You call a scratch or dent, a beauty mark.
27. You roll it over and don't get upset.
28. You puke when you see a RAV-4.
29. You pull into the Unplowed parking spots on snowy days.
30. You take your friends wheeling and they say, "Trail?; I don't see any trail!"
31. You've been forced to add CJ, YJ, and TJ to your spell checker.
32. It rains and you don't care if your top and doors are on or off.
33. You change your plugs in the parking lot at work while on break.
34. You get more heat through the holes in the floor than you do through the heat vent.
35. Every page of your repair manual has greasy finger prints on it.
36. Every car wash in town has banned you for life.
37. You feel sorry for someone in a $60,000 Toyota Land Cruiser.
38. You are the only one on the street that doesn't plow their driveway.
39. You carry along enough tools to supply a small garage.
40. You nickname your Jeep after i.e.. the noise it makes, the last screw up on the trail, etc.
41. You can air up your tires without stopping at a gas station.
42. You carry more extra fuel than what most of today's cars hold in their gas tanks.
43. You're constantly getting passed on the highway.
44. When rendezvousing with a lady for the first time, you tell her that you're the one that smells like a Jeep.
45. Winter comes and you can't remember where you put the top.
46. Your wallet is always empty.
47. You know how to reinforce the windshield frame near the wiper arm.
48. You carry along a replacement part for every driveline component on the Jeep.
49. You slam your door and pieces of mud or rust fall from your Jeep.
50. You have to let the air out of your tires to get the Jeep into a garage.
51. Your parts department is on blocks behind your house.
52. Passengers scream "Don't Roll It!" when you take them wheeling.
53. Your wife/girlfriend refuses to get in it.
54. You think any tire that isn't waist high looks like a bagel.
55. You can't take a girl in a dress on a date without carrying along some steps.
56. You can't sneak into church late because the engine is too loud.
57. You get custom pin striping from trail brush.
58. You are outlawed at every car wash in town.
59. You can see OVER a Suburban
60. You're sitting here reading this while your wife/husband is waiting for you in bed.
61. You build it not buy it :)

Got Jeep?

1/04/2008

IPv6 in the root ...

So, I was going to post something here about the recent announcement from ICANN/IANA regarding the addition of AAAA records for Root Servers ... instead, I did it over here. Go read it. Now.

1/01/2008

Happy New Year

... just in case you missed my earlier best wishes ... that's all, too busy recuperating!