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June 9, 2006 / TildeWill

I can’t even begin to understand how they fucked up the internet

Leave it to the ISP I have to find a way to break parts of the internet:

Dear Insight Broadband Customer,

As part of our recent broadband upgrade, we moved customers to new IP addresses. A number of small Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are failing to recognize these new addresses, and some customers are having problems with mail delivery and/or accessing some websites.

The form below should only be used to report these two issues:

1. You have trouble accessing specific web sites but can access other sites.

2. You send mail to others using your email account and they claim your mail never arrived in their inbox. Also you can send mail successfully to others and receive email using your email account.

If you are having one or both of these problems a customer service representative will follow up with you, and we will take the necessary steps to contact the other ISP to resolve the issue. It may take 48-72 hours for us to complete this process.

WTF? So far it seems to be fairly geographical. I can’t get to Megatokyo (I assume to be based in Michigan) along with my old church’s web site (also in Michigan). I also can’t get to Settler’s of Catan online game version which given its history I’d assume it’s in the MidWest/Northeast.

What really gets me is that I don’t know how you assign new IPs that don’t work with parts of the internet. The best guess I have is that we’re now on an IP6 network instead of the older IP4. So now IP’s are 6 chunks long (ie 111.222.333.444.555.100). I could maybe see that some servers never got upgraded and so they wig out. WTF.

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