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Posilan takes part in World IPv6 Day 2012

World IPv6 DayThe 6th June 2012 is World IPv6 day, where major internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012.

Organized by the Internet Society, and building on the successful one-day World IPv6 Day event held on 8 June 2011, World IPv6 Launch represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6. As the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4, IPv6 is critical to the Internet’s continued growth as a platform for innovation and economic development.

Posilan are pleased to announce that we are taking part in World IPv6 day and that we started the adoption of IPv6, running alongside IPv4, on our core network a little over a month ago. Our main website, email and DNS is now IPv6 enabled, as is our VPS platform, dedicated servers and colocation . Other websites such as Facebook, Google and Bing are also commited to World IPv6 day.

What is IPv6?

Every machine on a network has a unique identifier. Just as you would address a letter to send by post, computers and other network devices use the unique identifier to send data to specific computers on a network.

Most networks today, including all computers on the Internet, use the TCP/IP protocol as the standard for how to communicate on the network. In the TCP/IP protocol, the unique identifier for a computer is called its IP address.

There are two standards for IP addresses – IP Version 4 (IPv4) and IP Version 6 (IPv6). The problem with IPv4 is that the world is rapidly running out of unique addresses to give out. In order to allow the Internet to continue, IPv6 has been created.

Whereas IPv4 allows just under 4.3 billion unique addresses, IPv6 allows approximately 3.4×1038 addresses (a massive number that we are unlikely to ever run out of again).

Posilan and IPv6

At the time of writing this article, our core services now are permanently available on IPv6 which includes our Website, MX, mail servers and core DNS servers. Our VPS platform is also IPv6 enabled and customers can request IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses. Dedicated servers and co-locaton are also IPv6 ready

Later this year we plan to run tests with IPv6 to our WAN VPN before rolling it our to all client sites.

Our cPanel web hosting platform is not currently IPv6 enabled as the cPanel software is not yet compatible with IPv6, although it is planned and in development.

Microsoft announces three versions for Windows 8

Windows 8 LogoMicrosoft have today announced that their new upcoming version of Windows will be available in three versions.

From the official Windows blog:

“Today I would like to share information with you on the editions that will be available for “Windows 8” when it is released to market. We have talked about Windows 8 as Windows reimagined, from the chipset to the user experience. This also applies to the editions available – we have worked to make it easier for customers to know what edition will work best for them when they purchase a new Windows 8 PC or upgrade their existing PC.

Windows 8 has the flexibility you need – whether you’re on an x86/64 or a WOA PC. You can use a touch screen or a keyboard and mouse – and switch anytime. It’s beautiful, fast, and fluid design is perfect for a wide range of hardware. And you’ll love browsing through the Windows Store and downloading all the apps you want. And those apps can work together too so you can share photos, maps, contacts, links and whatever else you want faster and easier. All editions of Windows 8 offer a no-compromise experience.

First, Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows.

For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), we will have two editions: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. It will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly (more details on this feature can be found in this blog post),which was previously only available in Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows. For China and a small set of select emerging markets, we will offer a local language-only edition of Windows 8.

Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro.

Windows RT is the newest member of the Windows family – also known as Windows on ARM or WOA, as we’ve referred to it previously. This single edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. For new apps, the focus for Windows RT is development on the new Windows runtime, or WinRT, which we unveiled in September and forms the foundation of a new generation of cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps of all kinds.  For more details on WOA, we suggest reading this blog post which shares more detail on how we have been building Windows 8 to run on the ARM architecture.”

Windows 8 is designed as a direct upgrade path for Windows 7 Starter, home basic and home premium versions which Windows 8 Pro the upgrade path for Windows 7 Professional and ultimate. A new Windows RT version will be available reinstalled on devices and PC’s with ARM processors and all three versions will include Internet Explorer 10.

Windows 8 is expected to be released later this year.

BT gets hands slapped after ASA finds “home hub” tv adverts misleading

BT’s claim that it provides “the UK’s most reliable wireless connection” is misleading and must not be repeated without evidence or qualification, the advertising watchdog has ruled.

The TV ad featured a voice-over that stated, “Every city, every town, every home, is filled with an invisible network of competing signals which can make it hard to receive a clear signal for your internet, and can cause some routers to drop out.” On-screen text stated “Wireless connectivity requires enabled equipment & range can vary according to home environment”. The voice-over stated, “BT’s signal is designed to avoid interference. Thanks to the new home hub with smart wireless technology.” On-screen text stated “Compared to all other Broadband Providers”. The voice-over stated, “That’s why it’s the UK’s most reliable wireless connection…”

The advert:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntKy2Fu9RaU

According to the Advertising Standards Authority, the issue:

1. Nine complainants, who did not believe the claim “The UK’s most reliable wireless connection could be substantiated, challenged whether it was misleading.

2. Three complainants, who believed the product could only avoid interference from Wi-Fi devices, challenged whether the claim “Every city, every town, every home, is filled with an invisible network of competing signals which can make it hard to receive a clear signal for your internet, and can cause some routers to drop out” could be substantiated.

3. One complainant challenged whether the ad misleadingly implied BT was the only internet service provider to offer a router that actively avoided interference.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the statement, in the context of the television advert it features in, gives the impression that BT provides the most reliable wireless online experience.

However the internet service provider has not proven that the actual online experience is the most reliable and only referred to the BT Home Hub 3 router, according to the ASA.

BT’s tests did confirm that particular router was more reliable at maintaining a wireless connection despite interference from non-Wi-Fi devices such as baby monitors.

However, the ASA said the advert suggested that BT’s broadband service was the best in the face of “competing signals” and it wasn’t made clear that these signals were non-Wi-Fi devices.

The ASA’s ruling said: “We considered that, although it was not BT’s intention, viewers were likely to infer from the context of the whole ad that the claim ‘the UK’s most reliable wireless connection’ meant that BT provided the most reliable wireless online experience.

“Because BT had not proven that the actual online experience was the most reliable, and because the ad did not contain a qualification to make clear that the ‘invisible network of competing signals’ referred to signals emitted from non-Wi-Fi devices, and the claim ‘the UK’s most reliable wireless connection’ referred to their Home Hub 3 router only, the claim was misleading.

“The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told BT not to repeat the claim ‘the UK’s most reliable wireless connection’ in future unless they provided adequate evidence to substantiate it, or qualified the basis in which the claim was made.”

The ASA also upheld the complaint that the advert misleadingly implied that BT was the only internet service provider to offer a router that actively avoided interference.

BT said it was the only broadband provider in the UK to offer a router which avoided interference from non-Wi-Fi devices. However the ASA said viewers would understand the voice-over claim to mean BT was the only broadband provider to offer a router which avoided interference in general, regardless of its cause.

You can read the full adjudication here

Facebook prepares to go public

Facebook will begin the process of becoming a publicly-listed company this week, valuing the social networking site at between $75bn (£48bn) and $100bn, reports suggest.The company plans to file papers with the US financial watchdog on Wednesday, according to the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.

The flotation later this year would raise about $10bn, they reported. This would be one of the biggest share sales seen on Wall Street. It would dwarf the $1.9bn raised by Google when it went public in 2004. It would still, however, be some way short of the $20bn raised by carmaker General Motors in November 2010.

‘Brilliant achievement’

The reports suggest that Morgan Stanley will be the lead underwriter for the sale, with Goldman Sachs also expected to be heavily involved.Rumours of Facebook’s so-called initial public offering (IPO) have circulated for many months, and the company has maintained it will not comment on the subject.

The reported valuation would make Facebook one of the world’s biggest companyies by market capitalisation. “Facebook a brilliant achievement, but $75-$100bn? Would make Apple look really cheap,” said Rupert Murdoch on Twitter.

The company was started by Mark Zuckerberg and fellow students at Harvard University in 2004 and has quickly grown to become one of the world’s most popular websites. It makes most of its money through advertising.

As a private company, Facebook does not have to publish its accounts, but reports in January last year suggested a document sent by Goldman Sachs to its clients showed the firm made a net profit of $355m on revenues of $1.2bn in the first nine months of 2010.

Source: BBC News

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