Internet Out Of Room? – Forbes.com
Forbes.com is reporting today that the Internet is running out of allocatable network addresses. This isn’t new(s) – the very first time I’d heard talk of this was back in my university days (back in 1995) when the network administrator at the Internet Service Provider (ISP) I worked for noted that public availability of addresses the way it was would soon yield a crisis. And it did, sort of….(good call, incidentally, Curtis).
Anyway, the solution is a new protocol for the Net, but it’s not going to be an easy thing to implement….at least not down to the workstation level. I myself can make the necessary changes to my servers and workstations, of course…but the average home user sees things a little differently than a systems developer and while Windows XP can handle the needed changes, getting everyone to make the switch(es) necessary could be troublesome to say the least.
The next version of Windows (called Windows Vista) will make things easier for Windows users and, by extension, most people on the Internet. But that isn’t the end of it either – it’s really a big mess. And one worth reading about…