November 28th, 2003

My perspective of IPv6


A friend asked me what I thinks of IPv6 so I gave him a “short” answer. A modified version as below:

There isn’t really much IPv6 applications driving it right now. The main advantage is still “more public IP addresses”, But to be fair, there is no contention in the community that IPv6 will come. It is only a matter of time when we run out of IPv4. So the right question is asked is “When”, not “Why”.

The “when” question is unfortunately, a crystal ball question : 10 person will give you 10 different answers.
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November 26th, 2003

The future for television show

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I just have a discussion with Grant Henninger on using RSS feed on #joiito.

<jseng> Grant: what we need is TV station providing RSS feed (channel) of their tv shows. Viewers will subscribe to the RSS feeds and then download the tv shows they want to watch.

<Grant> jseng: i had a post that said almost that very thing a few months ago.

<jseng> Grant: cool :-) not difficult to hack bittorrent with RSS.

<Grant> jseng: my BT downloader program supports rss feeds, i just dont quite know how it works or where to find rss feeds for shows.

<jseng> Grant: that would be an interesting business proposition for some entreprenaurs right?

My views? Converged Network: RSS & P2P Content Distribution is Television as SIP & ENUM is to Telephony.

The future is already here (We just need to make it simple enough for mass market :-)

November 23rd, 2003

Paper on Social Software


I know there are tons of information, magazine articles written about Social Software but I couldn’t find any targetted at “bosses”. So when my boss asked me to explain Social Software, I thought “hey, why not do the paper in Wiki?”. Nothing beats using Social Software to do an article on Social Software. :-)

So here is the link on the article on the Wiki! Your edits will be appreciated.

(And if you need a paper for your boss, please feel free to use this ;-)

November 23rd, 2003

Third Morality


Kevin Marks, a fellow IRCer at #joiito, has a habit of screwing with my brain with his rants on Jane Jacob’s Moral Syndromes, ie, Commerical vs Guardian.

Before I have the time to absorb and understand these stuff, he throw a curved ball with Chris Phoneix’s Third Morality.

I haven’t digest the article fully yet but I find it somewhat overgeneralizing in some aspect but make sense in others…something to lose some sleep over…

November 21st, 2003

Is Google the next DNS?


This is a question posted by Jeremy Zawodny. Just like to give a heads-up to ITU SPU Newsblog who gives an excellent explaination why Jeremy is not only wrong, but off the mark.

The question is interesting but wrong since the comparison between a search engine and a deterministic lookup service like the DNS is comparing apples and oranges even if they at first appear to provide an analagous service.

For those who is interested to explore further, you should read John Klensin’s RFC 3467 on DNS Roles.

November 21st, 2003

The future of TV


A joke was posted on Slashdot today titled What Should I Do If the Internet Goes Down?. One paragraph caught my attention.

Televisions, strange boxes that sit in your parents’ living rooms, were once used to provide entertainment, long before DVDs and Playstations were invented. Televisions have the capability of broadcasting streaming information similar to the content on multimedia websites. With a “remote control,” a wireless device that is like a small one-handed keyboard, you may be able to surf a limited number of “channels,” while you deal with the loss of your connection. Unfortunately, television is only a one-way media.

Is this funny or an indication of the future to come? As expected of any incumberant, the first response from most TV station is denial.

I wonder if these TV executives actually spend time with their kids. If they do, they don’t need Nielsen to tell them the obvious.

November 20th, 2003

New Thinking for the New Millennium



New Thinking for the New Millennium by Edward De Bono.

They gave out this book to all attendee of Edward’s seminar on Creative Thinking And Lateral Thinking. It is a interesting book.

November 19th, 2003

Skype & SIP


A reader of my “Predicting the future” series asked me if I can write about how Skype is the future. I replied to him that I believe in VoIP but I don’t the future is in Skype.

Unfortunately, I didn’t go into details with him then. So I was quite please to see a very elaborated explaination written by David Beckemeyer.

Other so-called VoIP services, such as Skype and Voiceglo, DO NOT allow calling to anyone outside their service over the Internet. For example, a Skype or Voiceglo user cannot call a SIPPhone, IPTEL.ORG, or FWD user, but IPTEL.ORG, SIPPHONE, and FWD users can call everyone except a Skype or Voiceglo user. Skype and other non-standards-based services are essentially VoIP islands, excluded from the open SIP VoIP community.

When will people learn that Internet trives on interoperability and openness; that a network market obeys Metcalfe’s Law; and that any wall-garden system effectively destory potential market by putting Metcalfe’s Law in Reverse.

November 18th, 2003

Geoff Huston on ENUM

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Geoff Hudston wrote an article for ISP Column on ENUM called “Lord of the Numbers“, one of the best introduction to ENUM I have seen so far.

Incidently, Geoff said this in his article:

Interestingly enough a close inspection of your local table of international dialing codes and a close inspection of the E.164 registry will reveal that there’s at least one location that is listed as an international dialling code, yet has no matching entry in the E.164 registry. Does this entity get an ENUM delegation in the same way that it already has a delegated top level DNS country code domain? Or does its absence in the E.164 registry imply an absence in the ENUM space as well?

I am not sure why he made this sound so crytic but perhaps this involves Taiwan. You see, Taiwan international dialing code is +886 which (not) surprisingly is not in the E.164 registry (+886 is marked “reserved”).
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November 16th, 2003

IDN-OSS project


After a long delay, I finally got some time this weekend to start doing some work on IDN Open Source Software. It is an idea that was floated around at ICANN Montreal meeting and I spend a couple of weeks putting a proposal together. develop quality RFC-compliant software to support IDN capabilities in different applications (web browsers, email and instant messaging clients, etc) running on all major operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X, Unix etc).

Internet Software Consortium (of BIND, INND fame) has kindly host the project. We also have a Advisory Council.

We need volunteers and donations! :-)