August 2012 archive

Sometimes There Are Things Worth Doing

Sometimes there are things worth doing, even if they make no sense, financial or otherwise, and seem to serve no purpose. Sometimes things just need to be done.

Sometimes we need to tilt at windmills... and let the universe perhaps reveal the value at some later date.

Image credit: brianscott on Flickr

FIR #665 – 08/20/12 – For Immediate Release

Giovanni Rodriguez interview coming; Mitch Joel will guest co-host on October 8; Mark Story has a new job; new podcast to check out is Online Marketing and Communications; can you see the FIR log in iTunes podcast app?; Quick news: closes, podcasts apps coming back to iTunes, WalMart censors comments about mugging at a store; Ragan promo; News That Fits: Progressive Insurance feels Internet's wrath, Michael Netzley's Asia report, Media Monitoring Minute from CustomScoop, where to start when hiring for social media management, listener comments, TemboSocial promo, Dan York's report, FastCompany crowdsourcing Rules of Social Media; music from The Felice Brothers; and more.

11 Hours Left To Claim Your App.Net Username…

App netYesterday, App.Net hit its funding goal of $500,000 USD and at the time I write this it has cruised over $745,000 with 11-ish hours left to go!

As I mentioned in my report into FIR podcast episode 660 back in July, App.Net is an interesting experiment into seeing if a real-time social communication platform can be created without advertising and instead through soliciting paid members.

One note... App.Net is NOT just another "Twitter clone". Here are two good perspectives on why App.Net is different:

In my report into today's FIR 664 episode, I spoke about what this successful funding means... and about the ecosystem of applications that is already developing around the App.Net alpha.

This is excellent to see... and definite congratulations are due to Dalton Caldwell and the whole crew!

IMPORTANT NOTE: App.Net may or may not take off wildly (obviously those of us backing it hope it does!)... but if it does and you would like to use the same username you use on Twitter, you only have until midnight US Pacific TONIGHT to back the project and claim your username. As Dalton Caldwell writes:

Please note that once the backing period is over, users will no longer be able to “claim” their Twitter usernames. From that moment forward usernames will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis. We implemented “claiming” as a fringe benefit for our backers, not as a go-forward plan. I want to make sure that latecomers are not surprised and disappointed to see that they can no longer get their preferred username.

If you'd like to claim your username, you can go to and sign up as a backer... yes, it will cost you $50 for a year... and yes, the project may or may not turn out to go anywhere... so you have to make your own decision as to whether or not it's worth the investment.

For me, I gladly backed the project because I see it as potentially offering more competition into the space... and I was a huge fan of the original idea of Twitter as an API-centric social communications platform. I've been disappointed with the change in Twitter's focus, and I'd like to see where App.Net goes.

What do you think? Will you back App.Net? (Have you already?)

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Speaking About DNSSEC in Bogotá, Colombia, on Tuesday, August 14…

Logo for DNSSEC event in ColombiaTomorrow, Tuesday, August 14, 2012, I (Dan York) will be in Bogotá, Colombia, speaking about DNSSEC and offering ideas for network operators and registrars about how they can accelerate the deployment of DNSSEC based on some of what we’ve seen. This is part of a full day titled “Taller DNSSEC”  (“DNSSEC Workshop”) sponsored by .CO INTERNET and the Cámara Colombiana de Informática y Telecomunicaciones (C.C.I.T.) along with NIC Chile, LACNIC, ICANN, COLNODO and we here at the Internet Society.

More information and the full agenda for the day can be found on LACNIC’s page for the event.

As .CO was signed with DNSSEC back in March 2011, the foundation is certainly there for moving adoption forward within that ccTLD… and hopefully within other usage throughout the region.

Having never been to Colombia before, I’m looking forward to visiting and participating in this event. It will be interesting on a personal level as outside of my presentation and the one from ICANN everything else will be in Spanish… and my Spanish capability is not a whole lot more than “uno, dos, tres…”.   :-)      So I’m looking forward to learning a bit while I’m there.  If you are going to be at tomorrow’s event, please do stop by and say hello!

FIR #664 – 08/13/12 – For Immediate Release

John Earnhardt interview is up; quick news clips: FIR co-host blog posts lead to PRSA press release, check out The Crisis Show, HuffPostLive has launched, Connectify takes to Kickstarter to fund a new product, Google buys Frommers; Ragan promo; News That Fits: online influence scoring is easy to game, Dan York's report, Media Monitoring Minute from CustomScoop, Australia ruling sees all Facebook brand pages as advertising, listener comments, TemboSocial promo, Michael Netzley's report; music from Plastic Sky; and more.

Slovenian Government IPv6 Study Now Available In English

Back in 2010, the Go6 Institute brought together a group of experts to write a comprehensive report for the Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology about IPv6 and how the government and industry should respond.

This year they were able to update the study with newer information and translate the report from Slovenian into English. They have now made this detailed document available for public viewing and download at:

While obviously some of the information is focused on IPv6 deployment in Slovenia, the document speaks very broadly to issues that governments and businesses need to consider – and in particularly why they need to move ahead with their use of IPv6 now.

Congratulations – and thanks – to Jan Žorž and the others involved with the effort of making this document available in English where it can be more widely read.

Looking for DNSSEC Training? Here Is Some Courseware…

DNSSECLooking for some material to teach people about DNSSEC? Would you like to run your own training session? Or incorporate some DNSSEC material into other courses you have?

If so, Olaf Kolkman and the great folks at NLNet Labs have released some courseware coming out of some DNSSEC training they did earlier this year at:

Available in PDF, Keynote and PowerPoint – and available under a Creative Commons distribution license – the material covers overall DNSSEC issues and also goes into deep dives in installing/configuring Unbound and OpenDNSSEC.

Great materials to have out there openly available – and many thanks to Olaf and the crew at NLNet Labs for making this material available to the public.

Video Tutorial: Using FTP over IPv6

The folks at RhinoSoft recently published a video on YouTube showing how their “Serv-U” FTP server and “FTP Voyager” FTP client all work with IPv6. While obviously focused on one vendor’s implementation, it provides an interesting view into how IPv6 can work with FTP. Kudos to the team at RhinoSoft for making this video available.

As with any reference we make to commercial products, we at the Internet Society Deploy360 Programme are not explicitly endorsing this product but rather providing a view of what this vendor is doing with FTP and IPv6. If we find other similar vendors providing services over IPv6 we are glad to consider posting about their videos, too. (And suggestions are always welcome.)

NIST’s Excellent Guidelines On How To Securely Deploy IPv6

Looking to understand how to securely deploy IPv6? Want a document you can provide to your security team or others concerned about IPv6?

If so, we’ve recently added to our list of resources an excellent “Special Publication” from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):

Guidelines for the Secure Deployment of IPv6

Like most of NIST’s special publications, including their excellent guide to DNSSEC, the document begins with a lengthy tutorial and then walks through a number of IPv6 security issues in great depth. It’s a very thorough document and includes detailed sections on the many different IPv4-to-IPv6 transition mechanisms as well as detailed appendices.

While the document naturally includes sections providing guidance for US federal agencies, the majority of the document is very applicable for anyone looking to understand issues of IPv6 security.  Well worth a read… and worth passing along to others who may be asking you questions about IPv6 security.