Friday, March 3, 2023

ChatGPT opines on IPv6 procastination, waxes lyrical over OpenBSD

Are the robots indeed capable of helping us in our tech writing, or even help our creativity? This writer tries on the robot that's been in the news for size. OpenBSD material to be had at the end.

ChatGPT goes to work on our first task

For a number of years, those involved in networking things have all had one thing in common: A TODO item about either getting started implementing IPv6 in their networks, or at least getting started on planning to go dual-stack or even purely IPv6.

And as anybody who follows networking things is aware, IPv6 adoption in some parts of the world has been advancing hardly at all, even in jurisdictions where actual legislation is in place that mandates IPv6 use and leaves IPv4 support as an allowable option.

I have been involved in some capacity or other in enough of these efforts over the years that I have been pondering writing a piece about the slow rate of adoption, and of course I hoped to be able to write something witty or at least entertaining about something that is in fact, to some of us at least, a somewhat frustrating situation.

Then today I attended an internal presentation by a colleague that included some examples of ChatGPT use writing as well as programming.

The demonstration was enough fun that I thought I would see if the robot could offer some insights and perhaps get me started on writing the piece I had been pondering.

Signing up and getting access to a trial was painless and quick, so some things have improved since I first tried to access the service a few weeks ago when news about the service first hit.

First try: Please write me a story

The first chat went like this:

PNMH: managers and admins put off setting up IPv6 in their networks. write a short story on how and why they procrastinate and make excuses.

ChatGPT: Once upon a time, in a large corporation, there was a group of managers and administrators responsible for the network infrastructure. They had heard about IPv6, the new internet protocol, and knew that it was important to adopt it to future-proof the company's network. However, they kept putting off the task of implementing IPv6, and s why:

Firstly, they felt overwhelmed by the complexity of IPv6. They were used to IPv4, and the thought of transitioning to a new protocol seemed daunting. They convinced themselves that they needed more time to research and plan the transition thoroughly.

Secondly, they thought that their current IPv4 infrastructure was sufficient, and that there was no need to change anything. They believed that IPv6 adoption was only necessary for larger companies and service providers, not for their organization.

Thirdly, they were concerned about the cost of implementing IPv6. They felt that it would require a significant investment in new hardware, software, and training, and they were not sure if the benefits of IPv6 would justify the expense.

Finally, they were preoccupied with other pressing matters, such as meeting deadlines, managing budgets, and dealing with daily operational issues. IPv6 implementation was not a top priority for them, and they kept pushing it back on their to-do lists.

As time went by, the managers and administrators continued to procrastinate, making excuses and justifications for not implementing IPv6. They were oblivious to the fact that their competitors were already using IPv6 and gaining a competitive edge. They failed to realize that IPv6 adoption was not a choice but a necessity for staying relevant and competitive in the digital age.

In the end, the managers and administrators were forced to implement IPv6 when their IPv4 addresses ran out, causing network disruptions and downtime. They learned the hard way that procrastination and excuses only lead to costly delays and missed opportunities.

Also accesssible as pure text as chatgpt_on_ipv6_procrastination.txt

As one of my mastodon commenters said, it looks like this robot has peeked into too many IT Management meetings.

I would myself have been more worried about ensuring that services we run are accessible to IPv6-only networks, and for that matter that users in our own networks should be able to access services in IPv6-only parts of the Internet.

This shows that whatever they trained the system on seems to have included the most frequently cited reasons for not actually moving forward with IPv6 implemenation or other network modernization. But the thing had stylistic issues and I was looking for something fresher. So on to the next try.

Second try: Tease the legal requirements

Some stakeholders, such as Norwegian public sector entities, are under legal obligation to make their services available on IPv6 and to enable clients in their network to access IPv6 resources, the final deadline for that implementation in principle passed at the end of 2022.

So I tried stressing that point in my second try. Here is a record of hat session:

PNMH: why do network designers always postpone their IPv6 implementation even past legally required deadlines?

ChatGPT: There are a few reasons why network designers may postpone their IPv6 implementation, even past legally required deadlines:

Compatibility issues: IPv4 and IPv6 are not directly compatible with each other, which means that devices using IPv4 cannot communicate directly with devices using IPv6. This creates interoperability issues that can make it difficult for organizations to transition to IPv6 without causing disruptions to their existing networks.

Cost: Implementing IPv6 requires an investment in new hardware, software, and training. For some organizations, the cost of upgrading their infrastructure to support IPv6 may be prohibitive, especially if they have already invested heavily in their existing IPv4 infrastructure.

Lack of perceived need: Some organizations may not see the urgency in transitioning to IPv6, especially if they are not experiencing any immediate problems with their IPv4 networks. This can lead to a "wait and see" approach, where organizations postpone their IPv6 implementation until they are forced to do so by external factors.

Complexity: IPv6 is more complex than IPv4, which can make it more difficult for network designers to implement and manage. This complexity can also make it more challenging to troubleshoot network issues that may arise after the transition to IPv6.

Lack of IPv6 support from vendors: Some network hardware and software vendors may not yet fully support IPv6, which can make it difficult for organizations to transition to IPv6 without making significant changes to their existing infrastructure.

Overall, transitioning to IPv6 requires a significant investment of time and resources, and network designers may delay implementation for various reasons. However, as the pool of available IPv4 addresses continues to dwindle, and as more organizations begin to adopt IPv6, it is becoming increasingly important for organizations to make the transition to IPv6 in a timely manner.

Also accesssible as pure text as chatgpt_on_ipv6_procrastination_legal.txt

This was actually an improvement. The reachability point is made clearer here, and the system clearly picked up on the legal requirement part.

Whether IPv6 is in fact more complex than IPv4 is debatable, but the robot is right that this is at least a common perception, factual or otherwise.

A clear improvement, but when I publish something, I make an effort to make it witty or at least a bit snarky.

Time to tweak the query once again.

Third try: Once more, with wit and feeling

My third and final IPv6-themed query of the day ran like this:

PNMH: write a funny story about why IPv6 implementation is so hard and scary to plan for and actually do

ChatGPT: Once upon a time, there was a small company that had been using IPv4 for all their networking needs. One day, their IT manager decided that it was time to upgrade to IPv6.

Excited by the prospect of faster speeds and improved security, the IT manager decided to jump right in and start planning for the implementation of IPv6. However, as they began to research and plan, they soon discovered that implementing IPv6 was not as easy as they had thought.

First, they realized that they would need to upgrade all of their networking equipment to support IPv6. This was going to be expensive, but the IT manager was determined to make it happen. They went ahead and ordered all the necessary equipment and started scheduling the installation.

However, as the installation date approached, the IT manager began to feel a sense of dread. What if the new equipment didn't work with their existing systems? What if they couldn't get everything up and running in time?

Feeling overwhelmed, the IT manager decided to take a break and watch some TV. As luck would have it, they stumbled upon a horror movie about a group of people who get lost in a network of tunnels and are pursued by an army of rogue IPv6 addresses.

Suddenly, the IT manager's fear of implementing IPv6 reached new heights. They couldn't shake the feeling that something was going to go horribly wrong. They started imagining all sorts of terrifying scenarios: their network crashing, their data being compromised, even their computers coming to life and taking over the office!

In the end, the IT manager decided to put the IPv6 implementation on hold indefinitely. They just couldn't bring themselves to take the risk. And so, the small company continued to chug along on IPv4, while their competitors raced ahead with faster, more secure networks.

The moral of the story? Don't let fear hold you back from upgrading to IPv6. Sure, it can be scary and complicated, but with the right planning and support, you can make the transition smoothly and reap the benefits of a faster, more secure network. And who knows, maybe you'll even get a good horror story out of it!

Also accesssible as pure text as chatgpt_on_ipv6_procrastination_funny.txt

Ouch. The Once upon a time lead-in is back. But the rest is something that I might actually manage to editstomptwistcrunch into something presentable given enough coffee and time.

I have had worse material handed to me to edit by humans, and I may have done worse first drafts myself when writing when I should not have.

There are some logic issues in there, but nothing that could not be edited out or around.

By this time of the day, I had to go attend to a few things with deadlines, but I took the time to do a final query on a slightly different topic.

And now for something completely different: Write me OpenBSD poetry

So after looking into a slightly painful topic, what better than to see what our robot friend has learned about our favorite operating system and poetry:

PNMH: write a poem about OpenBSD

ChatGPT: In a world of code and bytes,
Where hackers lurk in endless nights,
There shines a system, strong and bright,
A fortress of security, with OpenBSD in sight.

Like a lighthouse on a stormy shore,
It guards the network from cyber war,
With firewalls, cryptography, and more,
It stands tall, unyielding, forevermore.

In its heart, a philosophy,
Of code that's clean and free,
No backdoors, no secret keys,
Just trust and transparency.

From humble beginnings, it arose,
A gift to the world, from the chosen few,
A beacon of hope, for those who oppose,
The tyranny of those who seek to control.

So let us raise a toast, to OpenBSD,
A shining example of what can be,
When we dare to dream, and we dare to be free,
For a better tomorrow, for you and for me.

Also accesssible as pure text as chatgpt_poem_about_openbsd.txt

I just had to post that to openbsd-misc, and it will be interesting to see how the thread develops. And is a fitting end to what is, I think, the piece I have posted under my own name that contains the least material written by myself.

Good night and good luck.