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