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Daily Incite: The long road to IPv6

The Daily Incite is our round-up of interesting links. It's not particularly "daily" but it is always interesting. 

Sometime last night, someone replaced all the asphalt on the information superhighway as IPv6 replaced IPv4 as the underlying infrastructure for domain names. The quick takeaway is that the number of available domains went from 4.3 billion to 340 trillion trillion trillion (or 340,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 if you want to see it spelled out). 

But the real story of IPv6 is much more interesting, involving backbiting, political intrigue, and some savvy tacking by content creators and standards-setters, according to Scott Fulton in ReadWriteWeb. Born in 1999, IPv6 has been a political and technological football for nearly its entire life:

But the new protocol faced serious headwinds. In 2005, the revised network address system became the object of a security scare. A year later, it had become the target of political scorn in Congress as "net neutrality" became the buzzword of the day and the fast-lane capability was publicly condemned by one congressman as "a system of informational apartheid."

With IPv6 stymied, IPv4 adopted many of the same features over time. "The reality of the network world went from being primarily research to being driven by business interests," Leslie Daigle, Internet Society CITO, told ReadWriteWeb. "IPv4 was able to replicate many of the same features, one way or another. So the difference in opportunity wasn't quite so clear."

In the end, IPv4 isn't going away as a result of IPv6. Rather, the Internet Society is relying on large networks (including universities and some big businesses) to switch over to IPv6. Eventually IPv4 will fall away as networks continue to build on the new protocol. In this video posted by the Internet Society, Leslie Daigle explains the launch in more detail. 

Today's links:

  • Chrome speeds up its CSS filter effects [Webmonkey]
  • I like the new Twitter bird logo, but there's no way I'm capitalizing "Tweet." The tweet isn't the product -- the service is. [Laughing Squid]
  • How to get started with CodeIgniter for better structured code [Net Tuts+]
  • Geofencing: Ur doin it wrong [The Brooks Review]
  • How to get your icons looking sharp on a Retina display [Simurai]
  • By now you've seen Michael Lazerow's awesome inspiring video. Here's a breakdown of why Salesforce wanted Buddy Media so badly. [RWW]
  • If you love NBC's Community, you'll love that someone recreated the 8-bit "Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne" game. If you don't love Community, you're DEAD TO ME. [The Verge]
  • Eric Schmidt really wants to know why developers are still doing iOS versions first [C|NET]
  • The new Foursquare app looks to move beyond check-ins [Soup]
  • How to take design criticism [webdesigner depot]


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