Off the Grid

Internet access in our part of the globe has been severely affected by the earthquake in Taiwan. Submarine cables that connect us to the internet backbone were damaged. The local telco claims the submarine cables linking Europe are not affected but I haven’t been able to access BBC from work today although Bloomberg was fine. MSN/Google access is also very spotty. I was able to access both from home last night but no luck in the office today.

Connection problems are a little inconsistent with no problems to some overseas sites, while others are practically off the grid for us. I was able to access the blog and post without trouble (kudos to Dreamhost?) albeit with a slower connection then usual. The Twitter scripts had to be removed temporarily because twitter.com was timing out for me and holding up the site.

It’s probably going to be this way for a couple of weeks until the damaged cables are fixed. Oh Google, how will I live without you?

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