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Saturday, July 09, 2005

  ipv6 radio

On weekends I love pulling in a 160kbps ogg stream from Virgin Radio in the UK. It sounds great until about midnight, PST, sunday - then I have to go back to american stations.

It's not really relevant that this particular station is running ipv6... but
there's a lot to like about ipv6 - once enabled, applications that use it just work, aside from putting a sniffer on the case, you'd never know there was a different protocol running.

The problem with ipv6 is at the edge of the network. Sure you can use a tunnel broker - but the real answer is for the comcasts and sbcs of the world is for them to start offering up ipv6 addresses in addition to the standard ipv4 address. Enough of ipv6 just works automatically that most users would never notice.

Of course I throw up my hands at the size of the numbering scheme - and I wish I could figure out how to make this box either have dynamic dns or to permanently assign an ipv6 ip address so I could tunnel and find this box wherever it is - but that's me...

I also upgraded my network today to one of those new longer range a/b/g wireless access points and for the first time I've been able to get rid of my extended range antennas and still make it down to the outside office (where my synth is). I had to pull out the broadcom mini-pci wireless card and go to a current pcmcia card as well - but at least I'm online - and outside - on a beautiful day.

Until that fateful day that I finally get my rme sound card; then I have a choice between making music and being online. I picked up an atheros chipset wireless card as well, but lspci isn't seeing it. I'll hack on that in a little bit. It's just nice to have all my hardware working that I intend to have working - taht.net is down, but I'm going to Xen that whenever I get around to it - in the interim it's nice not to have to sort spam out of my mailboxes every day.

I've come to understand that the source of my discomfort with this office is the gringo door - having my back to the door is disconcerting - but the room is too small not to have the door back there. Maybe a mirror?

That's all my boring self thinking for a day - I just needed to start typing and see how coherent ly I was thinking before i went back into working on some perforce related stuff that has been keeping me awake nights....
 
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