It’s 2011. Did you get the memo? We are eleven years from 2000 and that much closer to 3000. Will there be a scare for 3000? My parents weren’t gullible enough to believe that computers would crash at the New Year, but I knew plenty of people who did stock up on water and supplies in case the logistic grid of binary coding crashed.
A true concern would be the possibility of no more online addresses for the internet. Who knew 4.3 billion network addresses wouldn’t be enough? The visionary experiment of 1976 never ended, causing Mr. Cerf to recalculate the need for more IP addresses. Comcast and other companies are already adjusting their equipment for a new system that would allow infinitely more addresses. With 7 billion people on the planet who all have multiple addresses, a new system is needed.
York Times article gives the internet 12 to 18 months before we run out of IP addresses. Therefore, we will be welcoming a new system – IPv6. How will the transaction from the old system – IPv4 – to the new system go? Undoubtedly, there will be hiccups, but I have faith in the geek squad in pulling off the necessary change. Do you?