That’s a lot of potential IPs, man. June 6th, 2012 is the date IPv6 goes live, or whatever ICANN calls flipping this particular switch. The current number is around 4.3 billion. So, suffice it to say, that number up there is going to like, you know, make it a helluva lot more.
How Long Until More?
My personal rule when purchasing electronics is to never get just enough to meet my needs. Instead, it behooves me to purchase about 120-130% of my intended usage capacity. Do I necessarily need a MacBook Pro when an Amateur would fill my immediate needs? Negative. But chances are I will come to need it. I WILL.
That’s why I bought a 6 GB MP3 player in the summer of 2000.
So yeah, IPv6 is a great leap forward. But something tells me that even a 39-digit number might eventually seem as quaint as 4.3 billion does now. I mean come on, let’s be realistic – nanobots are going to need IP addresses, too.
So Yeah, June 6th
I do a lot of blah blah blah here about theoretical technology and the big bright future, so I think my 6 regular readers will appreciate some news about a technological advance in something tangible, extant, really real and happening now!