Archive for September, 2008

Why only one DNS?

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

I never understood the top level domain thing. Why was there only .com .net .org .edu and the few others? You create the problem of mcdonalds having to buy and, and so on.

If everybody was allowed to register top level domains themselves, there would be no problem.  Now they’re finally getting around to it, and apparently it costs $15K or so to register a tld and only registrars can run them or something like that. I don’t keep up with the details. But the whole thing seems a big waste to me. There’d be far less confusion and problems if I could just register ‘deadpelican’.

Which brings me to another DNS problem. Everybody around the world whines that the americans own DNS and can do whatever they want and charge whatever they want and it should be taken over by the UN.

I have a better idea. Why not run your own DNS system. You live in germany, tell your government to run some dns servers that are isolated from everybody else’s dns servers and then you can register whatever names you want and aren’t beholden to anybody else. You’d then advertise a little that if you want the german domain set you use this set of DNS servers. And being all nationalistic, you’d get quiet a few takers.

Of course all the people who paid big bucks for domain names would suddenly find that they have to go register themselves with lots of different country’s dns systems. Yes this would make for a lot of confusion, but if it was planned out and perhaps there was an easy way to switch and maintain which dns you use for what, it could be a good thing:

Sure there are problems, all the bad guys would register all the common names and spyware you to death, I’m not saying there aren’t lots of problems, but it gets me that all the people who are complaining that they don’t like what the americans are doing are well within their power to do something about it, but they don’t, they complain about the bad americans.

Google already is the next microsoft.

Friday, September 26th, 2008

What’s not microsoft about them.
They’re the name everybody thinks of when you think of the biggest mover in the sector for the past bunch
of years. They are a huge goliath of a company. They are trying to take over desktop office applications, they are trying to take over the browser, so they can do more stuff on your desktop (if they were truly not evil
they’d have helped an existing product).
They make more money than anybody else in their market.
I rather thought everybody figured they were already the next microsoft.

IBM is like britian, once on top and now happily living life as a very successful has been.

The lack of takeoff of ipv6

Friday, September 26th, 2008

I have a friend who says we’re all in trouble when ipv4 address blocks get all used up.

from uncensored:

Nobody seems to want to implement IPv6 in any significant capacity — there’s no short term ROI.  On the
other hand, when that last block of IPv4 is allocated, all hell is going to break loose.  Everyone knows
this, but we’re headed straight for that target anyway.
from me:
Sep 26 2008 10:31am from Ford II @uncnsrd
I think given the state of the economy at the moment, I can’t see why anybody would want to spend money on something with no ROI.
I don’t think all hell is going to break loose when the last block is allocated. Ip’s are a commodity like
anything else, as it becomes scarce, the price will go up.
If all the blocks are taken (by whichever acronymed agency hands them out) then the companies that have
block A’s will start selling vpn access to smaller blocks, and there will rise an exchange of ip trading.
This will certainly be a lot cheaper than EVERYBODY switching to ipv6, so likely something like that will

The question in question

Friday, September 26th, 2008

I guess it would help if I posted the item in question. I added it to my learned cat site…

The question was how to avoid procrastination:

If you think for a second that you should do something and are about to put it off, drop whatever you are doing right now, and do that first. Make a habit of that process and you’ll find you’re rarely backlogged on things.

This never happens

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Today I got an email from somebody on linkedin asking if they could quote an answer I wrote on linked in in their blog.

I think that’s the first time I’ve ever heard somebody ask permission to copy something on the web. How could I say no, they could just do it anyway, and not even give me credit.

So inspired was I by this token of generosity that I decided to try the wordpress 5 minute install. So here I am.

It took only 5 minutes but that’s only because I have some handy dandy mysql tools.