At the turn of the millennium the world braced for a computer meltdown of a magnitude never seen before because computer programmers in the 60?s decided that putting a 19 before the year was a waste of precious memory space. They didn?t expect that their program infrastructure would survive for years - let alone decades and they would never have expected that 40 years later the world would spend an estimated US$300 billion on preparing for an ICT meltdown that never came to be.
Now the world is presented with a new challenge - the imminent exhaustion of IPv4 addresses. Is this the new Y2K bug? Are we overstating the problem?