A contact of mind that works for one of biggest tel-mobile operator in Amsterdam, invited me out to AMS-IX to speak about some technical issues they where seeing.
This is one of the biggest internet exchange in the WEST-EU region if not all of the EU. I've done a lot of remote stuff here, but never been to it much less to Amsterdam.
1st off the road trip was very easily to under take. A simple "tram" to the Rembrandt Square aka Rembrandtplein in dutch, was taken.
The folk at AMS-IX where pretty sharp and impressive. I 've also visited a few other interesting sites out in this area that I would like to high light;
katten kabinet http://www.kattenkabinet.nl
foam fotography museum http://www.foam.org
The latter is a cool hip coffee shop that plays some funky music. I've been to this joint like 4 times now & for the 5 nights that I was in Amsterdam. They have a more busier cafeshop that I was told of by the wait staff.
A doble-espresso with redbull wil run you about 8 euros, ask for the wifi-secret for thompson and they will provide it.
The Cat/Chat cabinet is a great place if your into cat stuff ( cards, pictures, posters, etc,...) It was raining when I ran out to that location, but I had a great time looking at the exhibits regardless.
Foam, had a lot of older series of photography if your into B&W and medium/large format. I was very impress after researching the works of UK/Ghanian photographer James Barnor who did a lot of work for The "Drum Magazine" and many more.
The AMS_IX is fully ipv6 enabled, but ipv6 traffic is quite low between the major providers and the general mobile carriers in general. In short " the Netherlands has been ipv6 enabled for a while " but the general interest within the ISP/SP/Movil-Operators arena has been very low.
( a few cool information on the ams-ix )
Here's a few fotos taken along the way;
Just bring some euros, a good set of walking shoes, umbrella and go explore the city of Amsterdam. You probably will find out you need like 2-3 weeks to see the city. Heck the city center and just the redlight district could be 1 week alone.
get the 24hours tram card if you planing on going around to more than 2 sites, it's only 7.50 euros, & don't waste your time on the 1hour card imho
NSE ( Network Security Expert) and Route/Switching Engineer.
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