June 07, 2011

IPv6 Day

Tomorrow many of the big internet players (including Facebook) will test the new IPv6 protocol.  You may or may not experience difficulties.  If you can't get a connection to a site you regularly visit this may be why. 

There is more at Ars Technica for the geekily inclined.  Otherwise it's a good idea to just wait things out rather than tinkering with network stuff and breaking something. 

I have no idea what will happen.  Might be nothing, might be a melt down or anything in between.  IP address space is about gone, so things will have to change, we may as well see what breaks and try to fix it. 

If I don't see you tomorrow - you know my internet died an unhappy death. 

Posted by: Teresa in WebTech at 07:45 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I just linked to this on FB ... you may have, too, but I figure the more who know about it will be that many fewer who call the help desks across the U.S., India, or heaven-only-knows where else, screaming for help.

Thanks.

Posted by: Rev. Paul at June 07, 2011 08:48 PM (y+0ce)

2 Thought I saw a news blurb earlier about the Internet running out of IP addresses. Maybe we'll all get lucky and it'll turn out to be another Y2K scare... wait a second, it's after midnight here (CST) and I can get into Facebook with no problems.  Looks like Chicken Little strikes again. 

Posted by: diamond dave at June 08, 2011 12:16 AM (rdd/D)

3 Or it might be just that my internet is out again - wait, it's back - oops, gone again.... erg

Posted by: patti at June 08, 2011 08:19 AM (GYL7A)

4 Interestingly I have had some trouble getting to youtube today (not that I care all that much).  It seems to have resolved itself now, but I wonder if it was the IPv6 or something else. 

Posted by: Teresa at June 08, 2011 11:39 AM (xE2iU)

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