Monthly ArchiveJuly 2010

Uncategorized 28 Jul 2010 11:19 am

The Internet: Not As Endless As I Thought

I can’t even remember how many times I have heard that the possibilities are endless with the Internet. In fact, I turn to the Internet for everything- email, news, phone numbers, social media, weather and research. Everything – or almost everything – is on the Internet.

Imagine my surprise when I read on that there is less than one year until the Internet runs out of addresses. Currently, the Web uses Internet Protocol Version 4, where each address is limited to a 32-bit number and only a maximum of 4 billion unique addresses. All but 6% of available addresses have been allocated and this will run out within the year!

Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) is the latest version and uses 128-bit addresses, supporting a lot more unique addresses. Internet Service Providers, telecoms carriers and large-scale Internet companies each have a responsibility to switch to IPv6. The good news is that Verizon and Comcast have announced trial IPv6 activity while Google has already put the majority of its services onto IPv6 and Facebook is following its lead. However, the complete switch is far from over for most of the Web. But the switch must be made or the Internet will have an expiration date.

Jaclyn Klein

Uncategorized 28 Jul 2010 11:18 am

Cybersecurity on a Phone?

As I am on the go more and use my phone as an internet source, a thought occurs to me. Can I get a virus on my phone? It’s sounds crazy but I can’t help but wonder. I would go crazy if my phone, a life-line of sorts, was to fail on me.

I have learned cell phone viruses do exist, however unlike ones that attack computers, cell phone viruses have trouble replicating and need to be installed by users. This means, multimedia text messages could carry viruses. If it’s not from someone you know and trust, don’t open it! An infected phone with a Bluetooth can also search for Bluetooth phones in the area and send virus code. To prevent this, turn the Bluetooth auto-discovery mode off. And yes, cell phones can become infected by surfing the Internet. However, phones require users to download and install infected files. So don’t download what you don’t know.

Ironically, cybersecurity is becoming such an issue that The University of Maryland University College is launching a cybersecurity degree program starting this fall. The coursework is completely online and 1,000 to 1,200 students are anticipated to be apart of the program this fall. It’s ironic that cybersecurity now includes phones, something I never would have dreamed of as a kid. Where will cybersecurity be needed in the future? I can only imagine.

Jaclyn Klein

Environment &Michigan Positive &Parenting &Thinking Green 19 Jul 2010 11:43 am

Ann Arbor is simply a “diamond in the rough”

Growing up in a liberal, tree-hugging college town is all I’ve ever known. My childhood was characterized by football Saturday traffic (although I missed the games to attend ballet class) getting treated to fantastic Indian, Arab and seafood fare, and plenty of long bike rides through Gallup Park or other bike trails in a green city I call home.

While I can admit growing up I may have taken my Ann Arbor’s assets for granted, going to college in a different state and reading plenty of headlines about my hometown’s national recognitions has got me thinking: do people know what they’re really missing by not living in Ann Arbor?

Here are some plausible credits that Ann Arbor’s recently snatched up: Money Magazine ranked Ann Arbor 46th in its’ 2010 list of “America’s 100 Best Small Cities.” The magazine coined Ann Arbor as a college town but with perks of a bigger city, boasting plenty of arts and culture. I couldn’t agree more. What would Ann Arbor be without the annual Art Fair, Hash Bash, and our year-round offering venues, such as the Michigan Theater, the Hands-On Museum and The Ark?

Ann Arbor isn’t just college-student friendly. Parenting Magazine ranked Ann Arbor fourth in its compilation of “10 Best Cities for Families.” In its list, the Magazine emphasized the “braininess” of Ann Arbor and it’s efforts to educate youth. According to the magazine, the city’s high school graduation rate is 94 percent and more than 64 percent of Ann Arbor residents have four or more years of college under their belts. In fact, the Ann Arbor School system isn’t too shabby, either. In it’s “America’s Best High School’s List,” BusinessWeek named Huron High School the school with the best overall academic performance in Michigan. I guess you could say I received a decent high school education.

Ann Arbor’s population is educated. We’re not a huge city, but we have flare. We’re eco-friendly. And we know how to dine well. What more could we ask for?

Rachel Krasnow