4 Billion: it’s not enough

That’s 4 Billion IP addresses for the whole world: the IP being a set of 4 two or three digit numbers that your computer or internet-connected device uses to route all the information to it’s door. Without them the whole shebang wouldn’t work; like a homing pigeon with no loft.

Anyway the current system doesn’t include enough possible numerical variations to go beyond the original 4 billion arrived at so, a bit like they had to change the London telephone codes from 01 to 071 and 081 as more and more impertinent people wanted a phone line, they are going to have to start changing the format of new IP addresses from four sets of number variations to six sets. Otherwise they will run out next month…

Oh how my poor nerves are wracked by the very thought of it.

I wonder who came up with 4 billion in the first place? Did they even consider China: population 1,341,750,000 or *India:1,198,003,000. What the hell those two numbers are in words, I’ve no idea. Anyway, whichever eejit settled on 4 billion (4,000,000,000,000) it was a bad day at the office for them, and they should be sent to stand in the corner to think about it.

That's about 5 per person I reckon

*India’s population predicted to exceed that of China’s by the year 2030.

Posted on January 14, 2011, in Cleaning, News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I am very impressed indeed!

  2. Perhaps it was Tim Berners-Lee and the W3C who set standards etc. Sir Gerry Whent (incidentally an avid horse racing fan, his wife still has a stud) who was one of Vodafone founders thought that mobiles would only be of interest to business and that they’d be doing well to sell 500,000 by 1990… And look at it now. Nearly 100 per cent penetration in UK and beyond

  3. You’ve made my brain ache! No more, please.

  4. To be fair, they came up with 4 billion numbers back in the late seventies/early eighties, and that was before the internet was worldwide. Plus there’s a replacement (IPv6) which had been around since the nineties. You’ll probably find your computer already has an IPv6 address without you knowing it. (Not that it will necessarily work – mine is apparently disabled).

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