IPv4 has been in place for around 30 years now and is still a testament to human ingenuity. Unfortunately, IPv4 is limited to approximately 4.3 billion addresses, 0.0.0.0 - 255.255.255.255. As more cities in more countries get connected to the Internet, the address space is quickly being depleted. The use of NAT is a creative band-aid to help slow address exhaustion, but IPv6 is the new and improved IP addressing schema intended to replace IPv4.
Yesterday, while developing advertising campaigns , I suddenly noticed my operating system was gradually performing slower and slower. After snapping out of the zone, the reason for the drop in performance became obvious. Three instances of Firefox, each with a minimum of ten open tabs, four Notepad sessions, three instances of Internet Explorer (have to conform to standards now, don't we?), two Putty sessions, three instances of Foxit Reader, a development VM, paint shop pro, anti-virus, Alt.Binz (torrents suck), automatic updates, sftp-drive, and loads of other miscellaneous crap; lovely.
The majority of Internet users are aware of what's going on with Comcast and their throttling practices, the idea of a tiered and non neutral Internet, immunity to the telco's for warrantless wiretapping, and countless other crimes that go completely against the principles this country was founded on. But what most people don't know is that the United States is far behind in their Internet infrastructure, which might explain why Internet service providers are so upset about people actually using the Internet. Instead of implementing their network infrastructure properly the first time, they probably went with the
most cost effective cheapest, and fastest solution. And by fastest, I don't mean downstream.
Wow, what an interesting day. After experiencing The Digg Effect first hand, and looking over a few stats, I've made the conclusion that Digg users are comparable to a swarm of crack heads surfing the Internet. Don't get me wrong, landing on the front page of Digg is awesome and I'm really grateful, but the swarm came, some saw, and then they left. That's awesome. Like a swarm of locust coming to devour everything in site, and when they're gone, all is quiet again. Literally 15 to 30 minutes of fame.
Several sites reported noticeable performance increases after installing XP SP3, but there's only one way to really find out; test the service pack yourself. A side by side comparison of two Dell Latitude D820 notebooks, one with SP2 and one with SP3 (beta), was very surprising. XP's Task Manager displayed pretty dramatic differences when comparing the commit charges, physical memory, and kernel memory.
Out of the box, a fresh installation of Windows XP is weak, full of holes, and a guaranteed zombie if connected to the Internet. This post is not a guaranteed way to ensure your computer's security, but should definitely add to the existing Windows XP hardening guides available.
Ah yes, the cliché of a technician’s favorite term, REBOOT! It’s not just the latest Dilbert comic strip, it actually works! I believe the term reboot is the new tech savvy way of the classic saying, “turn it off and try it again dear.”
For years, Windows users have battled with the notorious load times that seem to get worse with every startup. I've developed a ritual of reinstalling windows every six to twelve months, which becomes obnoxious, but almost necessary to maintain usability. A list of potential causes and short term resolutions are listed below.