September 2015 archive

Watch Live Oct 1 – Dyn’s Techtoberfest: Internet Trends, Security, Net Neutrality and More (Featured Blog)

On Thursday, Oct 1, 2015, from 9:30am-4:30pm US EDT (UTC-4), Dyn will be holding their "TechToberFest" event in Manchester, NH, and also streaming the video live for anyone interested. There are a great set of speakers and a solid agenda. As I wrote on the Internet Society blog, I'll be part of the security panel from 3-4pm US EDT... and we who are on the panel are excited to participate just for the conversation that we are going to have! It should be fun! More...

Watch Live Oct 1 – Dyn’s TechToberFest – Internet trends, security, net neutrality and more (Featured Blog)


Slides: Intro to IPv6 by Olle Johansson

I noticed recently that my friend Olle Johansson had posted this nice intro to IPv6 from a presentation he gave back in March:

What I like about it is that he provides some of the motivation for why we need to care about IPv6.

Slides: Intro to IPv6 by Olle Johansson

I noticed recently that my friend Olle Johansson had posted this nice intro to IPv6 from a presentation he gave back in March:

What I like about it is that he provides some of the motivation for why we need to care about IPv6.

Keynote at AstriCon on Oct 14: Open Source And The Global Disruption Of Telecom – What Choices Will We Make?

Astricon danyork 660px

Two weeks from today I'll be in Orlando giving the opening keynote address at AstriCon 2015. The abstract of the session is:

Open Source And The Global Disruption Of Telecom - What Choices Will We Make?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 - 9:00 am to 9:45 am - Pacifica Ballroom 7

There is a battle raging for the global future of telecommunications and the Internet. Taking place in networks, board rooms and legislatures, the battle will determine how we all communicate and what opportunities will exist. Will telecom support innovation? Will it be accessible to all? Will it give us the level of security and privacy we need to have the open, trusted Internet? Or will it be restricted and limited by corporate or government gatekeepers?

The rise of voice-over-IP has fundamentally disrupted the massive global telecommunications industry, infrastructure and policies. Open source software such as Asterisk has been a huge driver of that disruption and innovation.. but now what? What role do platforms such as Asterisk play in this space? And what can be their role in a telecom infrastructure that is now mobile, increasingly embedded (Internet of Things) and more and more using proprietary walled gardens of communication?

Join the Internet Society's Dan York in an exploration of what the future holds for telecom infrastructure and policy - and how the choices we make will determine that future.

Sounds great, eh?

Now I just have to deliver on that lofty rhetoric! :-)

Seriously, though, I'm very much looking forward to giving this presentation and I'm delighted that the folks at Digium asked me to speak. We're at a critical time in the evolution of our global communications infrastructure... with everything moving to IP and also moving to mobile, there are incredibly important choices we have to make for our future.

In the talk, I'll be speaking about the scenarios we have for what our future Internet could look like. I'll be talking about the role of open source. I'll be challenging the audience with some questions to ponder. I'll touch on some of the incredibly important - yet hard to understand - global policy issues such as the upcoming WSIS+10 Review in December - and why an open source developer should even remotely care! I'll of course hit on security issues and the rise of mobile... and more...

I'm excited!

I'm also excited to finally attend an AstriCon event. I used to write about Asterisk a good bit and for a while was running my own server in my home office for VoIP... but in all that time I never was able to work in attending an AstriCon!

If you are going to be there in Orlando, please do say hello! (There's still time to register!)

P.S. And yes, Olle Johansson, I'll be sure to work in at least one reference to IPv6! And TLS, too! Don't worry! :-)

Traceroute to provides amusing results

For network geeks, this is rather amusing… someone was obviously a bit bored some day and had a bit of fun! This was what it looked like on my Mac right now. (Hat tip to Michele Neylon for first pointing this out to me in some social media channel.)

$ traceroute
traceroute to (, 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
1 (  0.663 ms  0.537 ms  0.277 ms
2 (  34.913 ms  30.602 ms  28.762 ms
3 (  28.827 ms  30.120 ms  21.132 ms
4 (  19.262 ms  22.382 ms  19.438 ms
5 (  30.941 ms  32.204 ms  36.969 ms
6 (  48.409 ms (  45.363 ms  46.521 ms
7 (  44.828 ms  46.147 ms  46.715 ms
8 (  46.134 ms (  44.569 ms  45.409 ms
9 (  102.968 ms  101.157 ms  99.935 ms
10 (  99.752 ms  102.249 ms  100.301 ms
11 (  98.776 ms  97.968 ms  98.756 ms
12 (  97.956 ms  95.644 ms  96.459 ms
13  * * *
14 (  96.024 ms  96.826 ms  97.406 ms
15 (  87.981 ms  97.264 ms  86.158 ms
16 (  89.937 ms  86.768 ms  87.949 ms
17 (  88.073 ms  87.895 ms  86.609 ms
18 (  93.351 ms  92.933 ms  90.876 ms
19 (  115.629 ms  96.391 ms  96.864 ms
20 (  101.257 ms  102.472 ms  102.213 ms
21  he.rides.across.the.nation (  108.059 ms  107.064 ms  108.290 ms
22  the.thoroughbred.of.sin (  111.206 ms  110.611 ms  109.944 ms
23 (  116.866 ms  117.842 ms  115.659 ms
24 (  120.375 ms  123.519 ms  121.631 ms
25  it.needs.evaluation (  127.377 ms  126.769 ms  127.779 ms
26 (  132.761 ms  132.705 ms  131.315 ms
27  a.heinous.crime (  136.769 ms  136.045 ms  137.322 ms
28 (  141.842 ms  141.447 ms  148.635 ms
29 (  146.332 ms  147.854 ms  146.570 ms
30 (  149.928 ms  150.487 ms  152.083 ms
31 (  157.190 ms  156.693 ms  155.737 ms
32 (  160.201 ms  161.399 ms  159.623 ms
33  he-s.bad (  166.007 ms  165.738 ms  165.244 ms
34  the.evil.league.of.evil (  171.012 ms  170.984 ms  172.062 ms
35 (  176.041 ms  174.358 ms  176.463 ms
36 (  181.276 ms  178.815 ms  180.667 ms
37 (  188.481 ms  185.823 ms  188.627 ms
38 (  194.008 ms  189.161 ms  193.114 ms
39 (  198.708 ms  195.870 ms  195.894 ms
40  o_o (  200.037 ms  200.691 ms  201.280 ms
41  you-re.saddled.up (  207.748 ms  206.896 ms  205.608 ms
42 (  211.288 ms  219.062 ms  212.026 ms
43  it-s.hi-ho.silver (  216.961 ms  218.367 ms  216.492 ms
44 (  214.262 ms  218.125 ms  215.096 ms

UPDATE: Will iOS 9 Make My iPad2 Usable Again? (Reports after the upgrade.)

Massive Glacier

Back in June, I published a post titled "Will iOS 9 Make My iPad2 Usable Again?" that seemed to strike a nerve with the legions of iPad2 owners out there wondering about the future of their device. There have been a good number of comments on the original post - and I've received a fair number of private email messages asking how my upgrade went. The question now being asked is:

Does iOS 9 make your iPad 2 run BETTER?

Sadly, the best answer seems to be...


Reports have been decidedly mixed, both in the media as well as in the comments to that June blog post here. Some people reported improvements while others said it was the same (or worse).

A couple of people (one example) have reported that after upgrading to iOS 9 and then doing a factory reset the performance dramatically improved. The issue there, though, as I understand it, is that you lose all your apps, settings, etc. and would basically need to completely rebuild how you have the iPad 2 set up. However, if the alternative is not using it, I guess that's an option to consider.

ArsTechnica published an article on September 16 with the conclusion "Not worse than iOS 8, but missing many features" that noted that many of the new features in iOS 9 simply don't work on the iPad 2. They noted that the speed improvements are not significant. There's a lengthy comment thread there, too.

In my own case, I haven't really seen any dramatic benefits after the upgrade. Quite honestly I've been too insanely busy with work activities that I haven't really had the chance to give it much of a test. I do like the new keyboard layout. Some of the cosmetic changes are nice.

It's still sllllooowww to launch applications and to switch between them.

Maybe I'll try the factory reset route and rebuild the device... or just accept the slowness of it.

Given that I keep getting messages asking me my opinion, I'll summarize my view at this moment:

  • If your iPad 2 already runs iOS 8, UPGRADE! Performance can't really get any worse than iOS 8, and might just get better.
  • If your iPad 2 is still on iOS 7... well... think about it.

On this last point...there's a challenge here - if all you want to do is browse the web and send/receive email, you may be okay keeping your iPad running quickly on iOS 7.


... you are increasingly going to find that apps aren't available for iOS 7. As Andrew Cunningham writes in that Ars Technica article:

not because you won't take a small performance hit but because developers will increasingly abandon that older OS version if they haven't already. Apple's iOS updates roll out quickly, but the downside of that is that there's not a ton of incentive for developers to support older releases forever and ever. It's common for developers to support the current release and the immediately previous release, but starting today that doesn't cover iOS 7 anymore.

So the choice may be between a snappy web browser tablet or a slow tablet with newer apps. Or... time to upgrade. :-)

If I get a chance to really use the iPad 2 and write more of a response, I will do so, but meanwhile I thought I'd share these initial thoughts and links.

Your comments are welcome about your own experience...

Photo credit: an image of a massive glacier by David Stanley on Flickr

Bandwidth, Beer and Bratwurst – Speaking Security at Dyn’s TechToberFest on October 1

What do bandwidth, beer and bratwurst have to do with each other?  Well... it is true that many Internet networking challenges have been worked out over beers between network operators, but in this case the link between the terms came in a tweet from Dyn promoting their TechToberFest event happening this Thursday, October 1, 2015, at their headquarters in Manchester, NH. 

Dan York

TDYR 266 – GIP “Digital Watch” platform provides excellent Internet Governance info

Today was the launch of the "GIP Digital Watch" a new website to provide basic info to help people learn about the critical Internet policy issues we all face today. You can visit the site and learn more at:

FIR #2: Volkswagen’s reputation crisis

Welcome to episode #2 of For Immediate Release, the successor podcast to The Hobson & Holtz Report

This week’s panel includes Redphlag CEO Gerry Corbett, former CustomScoop CEO Chip Griffin, and W20 Corporate and Strategy Director Lionel Menchaca. More details on the panel appear at the end of this post.

On today’s show, we explored the following topics:

  • Volkswagen’s self-made crisis and what the company must do to rebuild trust with stakeholders including dealers, customers, and the public
  • Speaking of rebuilding reputations, we discuss Brian Williams’ return to NBC (and his new reporting breaking news for MSNBC), and how Williams’ situation could be applied to a leader’s loss of credibility in any organization
  • What do we really mean when we talk about the need for authenticity?
  • The PR implications of commitments made at the Sustainable Development Summit
  • Stephen Colbert has been interviewing tech CEOs, a departure from the usual late-night talk show fare. Should PR departments be wary of invitations to have their CEOs appear on similar programs?
  • The Mayo Clinic’s content partnership with the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the ethical issues that could surround this and other similar agreements.
  • The importance of building social connections at work, and the importance of face-to-face connections in developing those networks.
  • The Wall Street Journal has revealed that Ray Lane, who was at the time chairman of Hewlett-Packard, tried to kill the disastrous $11 billion acquisition of Autonomy. What does a revelation about the company’s past mean to its present and its future?
  • Heather Armstrong is giving up her ground-breaking mommy blog in the face of (among other things) extraordinary demands from sponsors. Could this be a trend in niche blogging verticals?
  • What does it mean for Twitter and for users — especially communicators — that Twitter has enabled anybody to distribute a poll through the service?

Links to the source material for this episode are on Delicious.

Special thanks to Jay Moonah for the opening and closing music.

Join us next week for our third episode. Joining me on the panel will be Dan York, Zennifer Zingsheim Phillips, and Scott Monty.

About this week’s panel:

gcorbettGerry Corbett is Chair and CEO of strategic communications consulting firm Redphlag LLC., Founder and Partner of Wise Counsel, and CMO of real estate tech startup Producers Forum, Inc. in Palo Alto. He also is an award winning career coach, blogger and Past Chair & CEO of the 32,000 member Public Relations Society of America, having served as Chair and CEO in 2012. Gerry is a versatile branding, marketing, public relations and communications executive and coach having served four decades in senior marketing and communications roles at Global Fortune 100 firms and earlier in his career in aerospace engineering and information technology with Silicon Valley firms and NASA.


cgriffinChip Griffin is a writer and entrepreneur with a particular interest at the intersection of communications and technology. Chip has helped clients communicate more effectively through strategic messaging, writing, digital advice, and innovative web-based software. He sold one of his companies, CustomScoop, in the summer of 2015. After first getting involved with digital marketing and communications in the mid-1990’s, Chip became one of the first individuals to serve as a Chief Digital Officer of any major public relations firm. He has written for clients and publications for more than 20 years.



lmenchacaLionel Menchaca serves as director of Corporate & Strategy for W2O Group. In this role, he helps clients of all sizes to develop content and engagement strategies so they can connect directly with customers. He’s worked extensively on social media training for organizations and on helping organizations build and launch employee advocacy programs. He also works with teams of developers to build tools companies need to manage an increasingly complex flow of content. Before W2O, Lionel worked at Dell for 18 years and was the founder and chief blogger of Direct2Dell, Dell’s main corporate blog. Over the last 7 years, Lionel authored hundreds of posts on behalf of Dell. He helped expand it into several continues to extend Dell’s global presence. Before the blog, Lionel was one of the main architects behind Dell’s blog monitoring process begun in April 2006. He was Dell’s first full time employee paid to handle social media efforts.

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