Rent my room in South Africa!

I didn’t even know that one of my namesakes lives in South Africa. Turns out they do, and they have a room for rent. Well, had a room for rent, I may have deleted the ad. Oops


APNIC has run out of IPv4 addresses

Well that happened rather more quickly than I’d thought. The Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Registrar (APNIC) is now down to it’s last big block of IPv4 addresses. Its policy, once having reached this point, is to carefully conserve the remaining IP addresses to facilitate service providers’ transition to IPv6. They won’t give out more than about a thousand addresses to each APNIC member – total. Effectively, this means they’ve run out.

In recognition of this interesting fact (if you are a geek), and now have AAAA records. All set for world IPv6 day, I guess 🙂

Edit: Linode has deployed Native IPv6 🙂 – so I’ve updated all my DNS records accordingly. Progress!

How about those IP addresses, huh?

The internet protocol version 4 address space has around 4.3 billion addresses. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority has divided those up into 256 blocks of around 16.7 million addresses each. As of October 2010, only 12 of those blocks remained.

Here was XKCD’s map of the internet as of 2006:

Map of the InternetAnd here’s a map of where we were at in October (only white coloured squares are available, the others are colour coded by the year they were assigned):

Turns out as of yesterday there are only 6 of these blocks left. And two of them are about to get claimed by ARIN. It looks like IANA will run out of blocks by February, after the last four are claimed by RIPE and APNIC. The various Regional Internet Registries will run down their remaining allocations, and by around June of next year there will be no more addresses left! Quite the end of an era, really. Good thing everyone’s ready to make the switch to IPv6*!

* everyone is definitely not ready to make the switch to IPv6.

God Damned Creepy Facebook

I only just noticed this tonight, no doubt this has been happening for a while. If you have the Facebook iPhone app installed, it has an option to “Sync” your contacts. Perhaps I didn’t read carefully enough when I first enabled it, but I had the impression it would search for contact matches on Facebook and download their birthday and current profile pic to your phone. What I didn’t realise was that it also uploads your entire phonebook to Facebook who kindly hang on to it for you, “just in case”.

You know, to help match you with friends and slowly assimilate everyone you’ve ever contacted into the ever growing collective that is Facebook.

Here, check this out (click for full-size):

This is just the start of my Facebook phonebook – consisting of some 400ish entries, perhaps 250 of which are not actually Facebook friends. See those entries with no picture and the invite link? Yep, they’re unmatched phonebook entries, straight from my mobile.

Am I being unreasonably bothered by this? It seems really, really creepy to me.