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Jul. 20th, 2004

Miscellaneous good news:

  • Inkscape 0.39 has much improved font handling. I think it’s good enough now for my purposes. I miss Corel Draw 7 less with every release.
  • GIMP 2.1.2 is out, with a GUI-less mode. Good news for those who want to have a little gimp-fu on their sites.
  • Why The Lucky Stiff’s site has a new design, as wonderfully quirky as the old one. Kudos to _why.
  • And last but not least, the root nameservers are going IPv6. Maybe we’ll see IPv6 rollout hit the masses this year. Or the next.


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Jul. 20th, 2004 04:03 pm (UTC)
A modem is just the part that modulates or de-modulates the data onto the line.

Technically, every port on an ethernet switch is an ethernet modem. We just don't call it that.

So some modems (the whole device, as they're called) have just one ethernet port. Some have more. A switch can add more ports to the network, at the cost of about two milliseconds per switch a packet has to cross. That's insignificant to more or less everyone. True hubs are another matter, but they don't exist anymore. They're all switches.

So yes, it's what a switch is for. Some modems are modems plus switches. Some are just one-port translators.
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