Sunday, November 18, 2007

Internet Outage

The sun is setting on the Internet up here for a while as technicians scramble to reorient all the satellite dishes to point at another bird. This will allow the network up here to basically triple the bandwidth available to the public and organizations. Right now things are so congested on the network that watching even a short YouTube video is an excruciating experience as the program buffers about a minute for each five second burst of content.

As you can well imagine, this is a difficult process of moving a 5 meter dish in sub-zero temperatures with winds gusting at least 25 knots. We are expected to be off-line about 24 hours, but my bet is that it will be about 3 days.

For those of you living in less bucolic climes, thank God for your fibre-optic network and fancy DSL or cable modems. Here they are organizing self-help groups for those so addicted to social networking (Bebo) that they cannot cope with the darkness.

In the meantime, do not click the button.

Catch y'all later.

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Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

I've got the bandwidth but no computer. Odd how life works out sometimes...

7:49 PM  
Blogger Fuff said...

Is this a precursory blog post for yet another lengthy absence?
I hope not.

9:19 PM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Probably a bitch trying to bury fiber cable up there too...

6:04 PM  
Blogger nanuk said...

Phos and Fuff - The outage lasted only about 2 hours more than advertised. Miserable working conditions but we are back on line.

9:24 PM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

oh! This is a really nice video! I laughted a lot at the end..... :)

11:34 AM  

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