Every search result returns with "A 32-bit IP address is 4 octets longs.." "IP addresses are composed of 4 octets.." and on and on and on... but WHY????
How can I better find out the reason behind IPv4 having been chosen to be 32bits long, as opposed to, I dunno, 48 or 24 or what have you?
Was it just that some lab coat came in one day and said "F-it, I pick 32, I think 4,294,967,296 addresses will do the trick, what say you fellow coats?" and everyone got ecstatic and had an orgy over it.
Was that really all it took? I'll FedEx a cookie to whoever figures this out [ninja edit] first [/ninja edit].