RFC8369: Internationalizing IPv6 Using 128-bit Unicode

In a forward-looking RFC that presupposes an expansion of the Unicode address space to 128-bits, it is proposed that IPv6 addresses may instead of the standard notations proposed in RFC8600, be represented by a specific emoji or equivalent. Assuming the new Unicode code point space is 128 bits — excluding some reserved bits for backwards…

Enabling Lua in Wireshark for custom dissectors

Joel has dropped me an email and asked if Lua (which should never, ever be LUA) could be enabled in the CentOS Wireshark builds. I wanted to thank you for your Centos 7 repository.  Your Wireshark package has saved me a lot of time! I have a request: on your next Wireshark build, would you enable…

On π day, Raspberry Pi Foundation launch the Pi 3 Model B+

Today is Pi Day, so called because the date, written in the backwards fashion favoured by our American cousins, as 3 14 is a close approximation to the constant that defines the difference in size between a circumference of a circle, and it’s diameter, π or 3.14(15926535897…) So it is apt that the Raspberry Pi Foundation…

BT enhances Dynamic Network Services with Cisco ENCS

A short while ago, we posted about BT’s Dynamic Network Services plans. BT has now taken the next step, launching the Cisco ENCS platform as the delivery point for its Connect Services Platform for NFV. Their snappily titled press-release (BT and Cisco accelerate partnership for future networks) has more to say. There’s a bit of BT rebranding…

One step beyond VMware 6.5U1

VMware has updated their ESXi platform again, so we’re now one step beyond the 6.5U1 upgrade. It comprises mostly with VSAN improvements and a set of patches for kernel forking issues. After my challenges with updating to VMware ESXi 6.5U1, it’s nice to see an update work correctly the first time. Again, installing this on…

UK Government launch Fibre to the premises (FTTP) trial

The UK government has announced the six areas that are to pilot a fast broadband trial. The pilot will spend £10mn to stimulate the market place for full fibre delivery to the premises. This is followed by £190mn over the next four years. This is different to the more normal Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)…