IP Address Calculator

IP Address Calculator
This is my latest Android App and the first to be published in Google Play. The App provides you with basic information about any unicast IPv4 address you enter, including: the network id portion of the IP address given the mask length, the number of usable host IP addresses within the network, and the first, last ...

Behind the Wall: The Internet Is The Computer

Behind the Wall: The Internet Is The Computer
Back in the eighties, John Gage of Sun Microsystems coined the phrase, “The network is the computer.” Today, the services made possible by the Internet and our use of them as individuals and organizations affirm John’s statement perhaps in ways they were not even imaginable three decades ago. Technology trends such as the Cloud, Big ...

Behind the Wall: The Internet is Made of Light

Behind the Wall: The Internet is Made of Light
(this is the third post of the series “behind the wall”. Here are the first and second) The Internet is made of light. That is because the Internet’s backbone is mostly made of optical fibre links that guide light pulses representing data streams.  Optical fiber technology permits the transmission of data over longer distances and ...

Behind the Wall – The structure of the Internet

Behind the Wall - The structure of the Internet
  The Internet is a network of networks. Every machine that is connected to the Internet is part of a network. At home, you are likely connected to an Internet Service Provider (ISP). At work, your computer is part of the organization’s local area network (LAN), a network that is owned and managed by the ...

Behind the Wall – What is the Internet Anyway?

Behind the Wall - What is the Internet Anyway?
It started when my cousin asked, “So what exactly DO you do for a living?” “Do you have a computer tethered by a data cable to the wall?” I responded. “Yes,” “Well my job is to build what goes on behind the wall.” This conversation happened just a few years ago, but the technologies that ...

Firewalls

Firewalls
Firewalls are the primary defense mechanisms against network security threats. A firewall is a system that can be positioned between any two networks to control the passage of data traffic in and out of these networks. Typically, the two networks are the internal, trusted, network and the Internet [1]. Firewalls have evolved since their inception ...

POpCORN for document collection management

POpCORN for document collection management
Do you have a large collection of PDF documents and you find that managing the collection is a challenge? I looked into several Document Management solutions, such as these  and these , but I found they are generally too complicated for my requirements. All I needed was a way to organize my documents into topics ...

Wireless will become the primary LAN technology

Wireless will become the primary LAN technology
The mainstream consumer market started seeing Wi-Fi products based on IEEE 802.11ac standard in 2013. The standard is the fifth generation of Wi-Fi networking technology that promises more bandwidth to users at home and the office. The new Wi-Fi brings new improvements to wireless networks including offering 1.3Gbps of bandwidth (in the so-called Wave 1) ...

For safety’s sake let cars talk

For safety’s sake let cars talk
Earlier this year, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would begin working on enabling vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles [1]. This step is part of the agency’s effort to improve transportation safety and it is a signal to the transportation-related industries to begin the deployment phase of this cutting edge ...

Graph Layout – Part 1

Graph Layout - Part 1
Many applications, especially those that require visualizing complex information, rely on manipulating and presenting data as graphs composed of nodes and links. A graph, in the mathematical context, is a set of objects represented as vertices, or nodes, and a set of links connecting some pairs of objects. The graph may be used in social ...