Happy ipv6 Day!
What the hell is that, you ask? Well, we’ve all seen the stories showing up for the past few years on everything from blogs to local news about the fact that the internet is running out of unique addresses. Those IP addresses that have been flying around for as long as the internet has been around, like 192.168.1.110, are part of what’s called ipv4 (Internet Protocol version 4), which allows for a total of 4,294,967,296 unique addresses. Seems like a metric fuck-ton, right? But once you take out the special purpose addresses that can’t be used publicly on the internet (about 18 million for use in anyone’s internal networking, and about 270 million for other complicated stuff), and the number gets a little smaller. Still a whole lot though, right? Think about what these are used for. Every single website has to have a unique one of these, along with every single person who wants to connect to any kind of website or service. In 2009, there were about 111,889,734 registered domain names on the internet, each one with a unique ipv4 address. And that number has been growing ridiculously quickly. In just 2005, there were only about 60,783,042, and since 2009, we’ve gotten tons of new TLDs too. That’s just servers. Aside from that is the number of totally unique users with totally unique ipv4 addresses going to these > 11 million websites. So yeah, we’re not quite out of addresses yet, but it’s coming, and it’s coming fast. ipv6 is the long-term solution to this problem, giving us addresses that look more like 2001:470:c:11fc::2, which gives us space for about 3.4×1038 addresses, or about 5×1028 unique addresses for each individual of the 6.8 billion people on Earth. Now THAT is a metric fuck-ton of addresses.
So ipv6 day is a day to try this stuff out and hopefully give it a little publicity and a little push to get everybody working on getting it ready and working before the ipv4-pocalypse. And we here at PoorDecisions are doing our part to try to avoid the end of the world. While our DNS servers on the otherwise amazing ChunkHost don’t yet support the AAAA records needed to make our actual domain point to the ipv6 connection on our server, we do still have one up and running. If you have ipv6 enabled and want to give it a try, this link will get you there: PoorDecisions ipv6 [2001:470:c:11fc::2]. On the other hand, our dev server has plenty of ipv6 and an AAAA record kindly provided by Godaddy, so you can get to that one directly from the domain on either ipv4 or ipv6 using this link: PoorDecisions Dev ipv6 @osto.us. If you’re not sure which connection type you’re using or you’re using both and want to force the ipv6 version, use this link direct to our new IP address PoorDecisions Dev ipv6 [2001:470:1f06:134f::2].
Check it out and see what works and what doesn’t, and let us know how it all goes for you. It’s the only truly appropriate way to celebrate ipv6 day.
And if you want to support this glorious day on your own site, feel free to steal that corner banner from us and spread it around with just a little html:
and a little css:
background: url('ipv6day_corner_blue.png') no-repeat;
Coming soon: another blog post about all the nerdy details on how we got our ipv6 day shenanigans up and running.