This is apparently the most recent one;
In that world, every client -- that is, every PC and other device
connected to the Net -- should also be a server. Lots of people are
working on this, but a Menlo Park startup called KnowNow has
figured out something that just might set off a new Net revolution.
I didn't know this before today, but it turns out that a Web
browser can hold open the connection to the server. Normally, a
browser sends a request for information, which is delivered by the
server. The connection ends.
and, voila, you have a mini-server inside the browser. You're not
necessarily using lots of bandwidth, but you are pretending, in
effect, that you're downloading a very, very long document while
the browser keeps communicating with the server.
I wonder how/if they deal with proxies, in terms of connection
handling and identifying the client...
On Wed, Feb 14, 2001 at 08:42:57PM -0800, Eliot Lear wrote:
Technogeeks, perhaps. The vast majority of people on the Internet who are
behind NATs most likely don't even know it.
With all the discussion of Napster and so-called "peer to peer" networking,
I think NATs are going to become far more visible to users as these
applications grow in popularity. Today, you can use something like Gnutella
if at least one party is not behind a NAT.
Mark Nottingham, Research Scientist
Akamai Technologies (San Mateo, CA)