Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Virtual coffee break - 29th October

A brief break from my tasks, to contemplate the irony of hedge funds being run over by, of all things, a Porsche... Word has it that Disney is working on a long-awaited sequel: "Herbie, the Killing Spree."

Strange press release of the morning: I note with some bemusement the use of the phrase "Web 2.0" in this release from Atos Origin. I always associated Web 2.0 with openness, sharing, and mutability - three qualities you don't want in a secure banking communications service. If anyone has a clue as to what they are talking about, please let me know.

Contrast with "Fridge Door 2.0" from Tesco - characteristically brilliant and unsettling at once.

If you scroll down the page of this bloglet, you will note a ticking clock showing the countdown to IPv4 address space exhaustion, a matter of interest to me, and arguably everyone, though I'm amazed at how little discussion seems to take place outside the cells of brilliant people working to resolve this looming crisis. If you're interested in the governance aspects of the "4-to-6" mass non-migration (as it is today), you should read this article by crusader Geoff Huston (hat-tip to a Platinum club mega-uber value reader). 

Interested to see who's farther up the IPv6 curve? Type the URL you want to check into the address bar of your browser, then add "" (without the quotation marks). The handful of names I tried showed some interesting East-West gaps. For example, Nokia doesn't appear to have an active v6 address, while Huawei does. BT doesn't, but IIJ does. Spot a pattern here? Please send in any other interesting finds you come across.

Speaking of technology gaps, a friend and Palladium club mega-uber value reader submits the following whimsical graphic - inspired!

Finally, it has come to my attention that Martin Dodge's fascinating body of cybergeography work, which I pointed to here ages ago, has now been updated. Dive in!

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