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Coral disributed webcaching
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saxifrage00
This is one of the coolest innovations I've seen in a long time. It's not so much the technology or idea, either, but the implications it could have on the way we use the Internet.

Coral is a distributed, peer-to-peer webcaching network. If a page is down or otherwise unavailable, it can likely be accessed through Coral by appending .nyud.net:8090 to the domain name of the page you're looking for.

Try http://www.livejournal.com/users/saxifrage00/
versus http://www.livejournal.com.nyud.net:8090/users/saxifrage00/

As the Slashdot story where I read about it asks, is this the end of the Slashdot effect?

Update: Oh, the irony! As soon as I posted this, all the Coral links I tried, by appending .nyud.net:8090 to the domain name, started refusing the connection. Since it's only in Beta, perhaps it isn't yet large enough to resist a large influx of content requests. It will still be interesting to see how the project evolves...

Oh, look. It worked again as soon as I wrote this.

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Great choice in music. *loves that song* And even though I know very little about what you're talking about here, I do get the feeling that it can be extremely useful. =)

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