Volume 20, Number 5 May 2000
Save the IP addresses!
by Michael Schuyler
THE VIEW FROM THE TOP LEFT CORNER column relates that the color copy
machine for Kitsap Regional Library System in Bremerton, WA, has a
presence on the Web with its own IP address. Adds that the color
copier documents are collated and stapled, making the local printers
obsolete. Predicts that telephones will also have IP addresses in
order to call them up on the Web and download voice mail. Notes that
that is why all the fiber-optic cable is being laid, and the
importance of IP telephony is increasing. Points out that IP
addresses are running out since all the operating systems in the
world built their TCP/IP networking modules on the four-octet
scheme. Says that a new model called IPv6 is currently in testing,
and has an address length that is not 32 bits, but 128 bits long.
Concludes that it had better be developed quickly as IPv4 space will
run out completely somewhere between 2005 and the end of the decade.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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