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The internet finally ran out of space, well sort of
February 5, 2011 - Art Smith
Last week the internet ran out of space. Don’t worry though; people smarter than me have taken care.
Every website has a unique identifier, called an ip address, that is the actual web address. The address, up until Feb 3, was always a string of numbers, like this - 22.214.171.124 – that served as the actual address for a site.
The names that you type in to get to a web site are simply domain names that are assigned to that address. A site can have multiple domain names. This site for instance can be reach by typing MariettaTimes.com or THEMariettaTimes.com. Both names will take you to the same spot, 126.96.36.199. Our servers are set to not display the site by typing the numbers alone.
Web sites, devices hooked to the internet, even printers all have their own ip address. Even though there were 4.3 billion possible combinations, the pool of numbers was exhausted on Feb. 3. A new much larger batch of addresses is now being assigned by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. The new group adds letters to the mix and is so large that it is expected to last forever.
In the mean time, keep checking 188.8.131.52 for your latest news and information about the Marietta area.
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