War for the Web

February 2011

07 02.11

The Internet is still out of room, but….

So, the web ran out of addresses last Thursday, but what does that really mean? We aren't talking about domain names here, those will probably never run out. Domain names actually use something called DNS services to link to an IP address, which is how the Internet actually talks to itself. So, these IP addresses in their current state, IPv4, have all been allocated. They have no been assigned, but they've been allocated, which means that if a big ISP, like comcast, needs a block of IP addresses, they won't be able to get it. To get around this, they're doing something called IP address sharing, meaning they're basically splitting the address between two people. This isn't a huge problem, but it has the potential to cause problems. Read more
04 02.11


As Wired points out, on this past Thursday, February 3rd 2011, every existing IP address that can be created using the current protocols has been assigned to something. That means that a new numbering system that is compatible with the old one has to be invented and implemented. Read more
02 02.11

Do large downloads need “Not Safe for Canada” badge?

Great article on Ars Technica about the impact of Data caps on users in Canada. Read more
01 02.11

Turning off the Internets…

The Egyptian Government has ordered all Internet Service Providers to turn off service, there was one holdout, but not anymore. Read more

And in other news…

Service providers and network operators, who until now have allowed the free passage of information between networks, want to start charging fees because of the extra strain that Netflix and other video services are placing on their infrastructure. It's probably the beginning of walled gardens and pay-per-bit service, but the uptick in the amount of data traffic is really just a measure of the users accessing that information, and the success that these services have in the markets. Ars Technica has a great article on the subject. Read more

Stopping the Internet

There was a great article in The Atlantic this month by Andrew Blum, about the importance of a few key locations to the Internet as a whole. Some buildings, simply by nature of their location, tenants, or owners, are integrally important to the network as a whole, and if they fall, stop working, or are forced offline, huge portions of the Internet will become unavailable. Google just purchased one of these buildings in downtown Manhattan. I have some photos of the location, which I will upload later, but Blum's article on Internet Choke Points poses an interesting questions: How much control do a few organizations have over the world's access to information? Read more