The end is nigh!

Can everyone please start referring to IPv4 as the "old Internet"...

Let's all stubbornly assume "IP" and "Internet" is IPv6 unless qualified as IPv4 or "old" Internet, and so confuse the hell out of people until they get clue.

After all, IPv6 is the current version of the IP protocol, and IPv4 is the OLD version.

Someone asks your IP address, automatically and immediately quote "two double owe one colon ..."

The end is nigh - though annoyingly I am not supposed to say when, but very very nigh indeed now, believe me. I said to someone leaving the office on holiday for a long weekend yesterday "don't come back until the [old] Internet runs out"... that "Nigh".

And yes, it is the beginning of the end but it marks one hell of a milestone. IANA running out is big. It is down hill for the old Internet now. Things getting worse and worse. CGNAT, SRV for http? all sorts... [deity] knows what!

One message to the hard of thinking: This is not a format race. It is not Blu-ray vs HD DVD or (for the older of us) Betamax vs VHS. It is not about IPv6 being a success, or better than IPv4, whatever that means.  It is about the fact we are moving on. IPv4 is over. It has run out. IPv6 is here, and the addressing plan means it is here to stay. Do not put your head in the sand, please...

So "Internet" means IPv6
"IP" means IPv6
"IP address" means 2001:.... (whatever)

Have fun.


  1. I can't remember the last time anyone asked me what my IP address was, but then maybe I don't get invited to those sorts of parties

  2. That has to be the fastest comment to one of my blogs ever!

    Yes, some of us do get invited to that sort of party :-)

    I am still trying to get my own personal IPv4 PI block (and IPv6 PI block, obviously)...

  3. So when can I buy an internet router from you?

  4. Now! It is a PPPoE bridging modem and an FB2700...

    Seriously though, we should only be weeks from "consumer" IPv6 routers now.

  5. For some reason I've got this mental image of you walking in to the "Internet shop" with a "Norwegian Blue" IPv4 address...

    A customer enters an Internet shop.

    RevK: 'Ello, I wish to register a complaint.

    (The owner does not respond.)

    RevK: 'Ello, Miss?

    Owner: What do you mean "miss"?

    RevK: I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint!

    Owner: We're closin' for lunch.

    RevK: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this IP address what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.

    Owner: Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue...What's,uh...What's wrong with it?

    RevK: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!


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