The Internet Protocol Journal, Volume 11, No. 2

From the Editor

Ten years ago we published the first issue of The Internet Protocol Journal (IPJ). Since then, 41 issues and a total of 1,612 pages have been produced. Today, IPJ has about 37,000 subscribers all around the world. Although most of our readers prefer the paper edition, a growing number of subscribers are reading IPJ online or downloading the PDF version. This shift in reading habits may be related to the changes in technology over the last 10 years. Lower costs and higher-resolution displays and printers, as well as improvements in Internet access technologies, have made the online "experience" a lot better than in 1998.

Publishing is by no means the only area that has seen dramatic changes in the last decade. We asked Vint Cerf and Geoff Huston to reflect on Internet developments in this period, and the resulting articles, "A Decade of Internet Evolution" and "A Decade in the Life of the Internet," are included in this issue.

Let me take this opportunity to thank all those people who have made IPJ possible. Our authors deserve a round of applause for carefully explaining both established and emerging technologies. They are assisted by an equally insightful set of reviewers and advisors who provide feedback and suggestions on every aspect of our publications process. The process itself relies heavily on two individuals: Bonnie Hupton, our copy editor, and Diane Andrada, our designer. Thanks go also to our printers and mailing and shipping providers. Last, but not least, our readers provide encouragement, suggestions, and feedback. This journal would not be what it is without them.

Because we are considering some Internet history in this issue, I would like to announce a project that takes us even further back. Before joining Cisco in 1998 I worked at the Interop Company, where I was responsible for the monthly publication of ConneXions–The Interoperability Report, published from 1987 through 1996. Unlike IPJ, ConneXions was produced in the "old-fashioned way" using various pieces of text and artwork assembled onto paste-up boards, and then photographed for subsequent plate making and offset printing. Thus no PDF files were produced at the time, but I am pleased to announce that The Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota has scanned the complete collection (117 issues) and it is now available at: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/hostedpublications/Connexions/index.html

Our final article is a look at Mobile WiMAX. WiMAX is an emerging technology that was originally designed as a fixed wireless broadband technology, a "DSL replacement," but has evolved to support mobility.

—Ole J. Jacobsen, Editor and Publisher
ole@cisco.com