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articleus October 05, 2008 by FierceElements
The Address Resolution Protocol lives in some of the deeper and darker realms of the networking stack and is never of any concern to the every day user.  Nonetheless, it provides a critical service, without which IP-based networking could not function.  In OSI terms, ARP is a "connecting protocol" that lies between the Networking layer and the Data Link protocol known as Ethernet, and since we have discussed neither IP's network protocol (namely IP itself) nor Ethernet, I'll briefly explain what...
articleus September 26, 2008 by FierceElements
My original motivation for joining the DevCentral blogging community was an idea for a weekly blog post titled "Protocol of the Week".  The idea spawned from the desire to become acquainted with the protocols that govern modern day networking, from the small Local Area Network to the Internet itself.  A significant part of my work rests on these protocols and their impact on inter-computer communication, so the benefit to me for learning all I can about them is clear.  However, I knew that simpl...
articleus September 18, 2008 by FierceElements
When I was 12 years old, with school out and most of my local friends out of town, I spent the better part of an entire summer cooped up at home with not much to do.  This was years before I would be cruising the streets of Olympia with my slicked out '95 Dodge Neon.  So what did I do?  I discovered the inner geek in me through a 1000+ page QBasic book that I had borrowed from a friend's mom's dusty bookshelf.  I had been playing computer games for almost three years on our family's Gateway (Pen...