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IETF #72 Dublin is go

July 27th, 2008

The day has arrived IETF #72 Just outside Dublin has started with the Newcomer’s Training.
IETF#72 Logo
its going to be a busy week

Internet adoption rates have they exceeded that of earlier mass communication techno­logies

July 23rd, 2008

I must admit I had always had this nugget in my mind that Internet adoption rates exceeded those of earlier mass communication techno­logies (radio, tv), but I may just be clinging to one of those cybertruths.
According to Gisle Hannemyr and his report ‘A Critical Examination of Adoption Rates‘ there appear to be no major differences between the adoption rate of the Internet and the patterns of adoption for radio and tv in the past.
Through the report he has

identified the discrepancy in adoption rates as possibly resulting from trans­lations of actual data into carefully phrased re-statements of fact in support of a particular financial or political agenda.

Funny that!
Honesty on the Internet

DNS unstuck

July 14th, 2008

There has been a serious flaw identified in DNS recently, which may allow an attacker to target an ISP, replacing the entire web with their own content, not good!
DNS, taken by kalleboo at Flickr
More can be seen from Dan Kaminsky Discovers Fundamental Issue In DNS: Massive Multivendor Patch Released .
To save the day we also have the newly created Industry Consortium for the Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI), which offer advisories and support.
All of which still has me very worried given that on Wednesday, 3rd December 2008 the .tel TLD will offer a service that allows individuals and businesses to store and manage all their contact information and keywords directly within the Domain Name System (DNS) without the need to build, host or manage a website.
And what about SocialDNS, personal details already retrieved via DNS. go://miguelpdl [Just a Firefox plugin required].

Papers from the Google vault

July 6th, 2008

In reviewing some articles for that last post I came across two other interesting areas which are worth a mention.
A list of recently published papers from Google
And here is just a great paper on the “Cold Topics in Networking
J. Crowcroft, Cold topics in Networking, ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, Volume 38 , Issue 1, January 2008.
One last item which I didn’t get to use this time was the new “PDF Widget on“. I had the same concern as the commenter, as I don’t own the pdf I didn’t feel comfortable uploading it to the Acrobat site. But I will try this on some of my own pdfs next time.