Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment
April 14, 2015
As previously mentioned, I work in a “Cloud company” which typically means we claim we’re a “serverless” office. However sometimes I need a server-like machine to make a point. For this particular project we needed a machine that was, for all intents and purposes, a server… except I wanted to build it myself. It wasn’t so much to save money, but so I could customize the machine to get exactly what I wanted out of it (and because it was a fun diversion). The result of that was known as “Project Falcon”.
Hooray! For Today is IPv6 Launch Day!
June 6, 2012
As everyone knows, today is IPv6 Launch Day, where we (the internet) are supposed to turn on (and leave on) IPv6. It saddens me that I am unable to participate in this launch day by turning on IPv6… because We’ve been natively v6 accessible since June 2011. Even before that, Snowulf & company were accessible via an IPv6 tunnel provided by HE.net.
IPv6, Linode & Stats
June 21, 2011
Yesterday, I talked about some of the work I did in the weekend server overhaul. One of those tasks I wanted to talk about a little more was the addition of native IPv6 because I feel very strongly that IPv6 is important, not just to this blog, but to the future of the internet. I’m very excited that Linode offered native IPv6 in its datacenters as early as May and I’m sorry I missed that for World IPv6 Day. Linode even has a full FAQ just for IPv6. What I’d wish they’d add is a little section to the effect of “Is IPv6 easy to use?” in which case the answer is a resounding “Yes!“. Most popular server applications, such as Apache, require zero effort to get IPv6 compatible.
Weekend Server Overhaul
June 20, 2011
In early 2010 I signed up and migrated to Linode.com for my server needs. At that point in time, the latest version of Ubuntu that was offered was 9.10; the only useful colo location was Dallas; and IPv6 was unheard of (well, not exactly unheard of, but having a server with IPv6 was). We’ve had several new versions of Ubuntu since then, a plethora of new Colos have opened up, and IPv6 is available – so this weekend I did some major overhauling.
Goodbye AT&T, Hello Sonic.net
May 10, 2011
The alternate title for this post is “Internet usage caps can kiss my ass” because that’s what prompted this post, but first a little backstory. Many people have had issues with big teleco (and specifically AT&T) provided internet and would assume that I loathe them for the same reasons, but I do not. I’ve had AT&T DSL since I got my first place in Nevada in 2003. I’ve moved a number of times since then, but I have always had AT&T DSL after each move. Partially because I loathe cable’s shared approach (and usage capping) and partially because I’ve never had a problem with AT&T. Hell, the one time I had trouble recently, that required a tech to come out… he was EARLY. So why the change in heart? Usage caps.
IPv6: Backwater hick to bleeding edge – in a weekend?!
July 14, 2010
So last week, I didn’t know a whole lot about IPv6 (backwater hick – slow and behind the times). After spending a long weekend delving into the world of it, I find out that I’m basically on the bleeding edge already… and that makes me sad. How can I go from not even having used IPv6 to the bleeding edge in a few days? As it turns out, there isn’t much of a distance to go.
IPv6: Getting functional DHCPv6 and Route Advertising together
July 9, 2010
If you’re not into IPv6, but you’re a networking person – you may want to avert you eyes. This next piece of information is going to cause you pain: DHCPv6 does not support/allow you to send default gateway. This is “by design”. Does your brain hurt yet? I know mine did when I first found this out. This seems to be the most bass-ackwards thing I’ve ever heard of, but then again IPv6 is different. I’m sure there is logic behind this decision, I just don’t understand enough of the details of IPv6 (yet) to comprehend that logic. What does this mean for you? In short: You need both DHCPv6 and route advertising.
Getting underway with IPv6
July 6, 2010
So let me start off by saying, I’m not new to the world of networking. I’ve been doing this for a long while now. I had a Linux box running as a router on a PPPoE DSL line back before you could even buy a home “router” (IE Linksys). Heck, I had the network running before Pac Bell even had tech support that could handle the concept of more than one computer on a DSL line (and let me tell you, mentioning the word “Linux” around them was hilarious). You’d think that since I’ve been doing this for so long, I must have experience with IPv6… but I don’t. There are a few reasons for this: A) No ISP or server host I’ve ever used has provided IPv6 addresses B) IPv6 has really only started to “pick up” in the last 2-3 years and most importantly C) I’ve never had a need. If you don’t have the need or the access, why bother putting the effort into trying to fight it? Besides, while IPv6 introduces a lot more features into the core stack than just more addresses, I expected it to work mostly the same on a basic level. As it turns out that only seems to be the case in the server world, at home that is not exactly the case.
OH SHIT OH SHIT. THE INTERNET IS RUNNING OUT!!!!shift+1
May 31, 2010
The other day I stopped by CNN.com to find a sub-headline of “We’re running out of internet addresses” catching my eye. These articles always amuse me so I clicked through and read “Are you ready for the big internet crunch?“. What fear mongering are they up to today? A lot, apparently, since the first line is “The internet as we know it is reaching its limits.“. Come on CNN, I know there are slow news days, but this is sad.
IPv6 is big.
September 28, 2005
Well I was looking up information about IPv6 today, and wikipedia as usual had a very intresting article about IPv6. Here’s an intresting quote: “while IPv6 supports about 3.4 Ã— 1038 (340 undecillion) addresses — about 4.3 Ã— 1020 (430 quintillion) addresses per square inch (6.7 Ã— 1017 (670 quadrillion) addresses/mmÂ²) of the Earth’s surface.”. Thats 430 quintillion address per square inch (FYI A Quintillion is 10^18). Lets stop for a second to figure out how big that is.