A Clue About Egypt’s Internet

I got a Facebook message from a friend earlier asking if I’d heard that Egypt’s internet was down.  Well, I was at work, so I didn’t get a chance to look into it until it came time to clock out.  It turns out there’s a simple explanation for it:

Experts are speculating that, after 30 years of rule by President Hosni Mubarak, something has changed in the Egyptian psyche. As the groundswell of protests has increased, communications have closed down. All routes to Egyptian networks are closed and there’s nothing on the routing tables.

But on this column, we like to investigate the old fashioned way. So we rang the Egyptian Embassy for an explanation. We’re not sure who we talked to, but they said that possibly a cleaner might have unplugged the Internet by mistake.

For a different explanation, you might want to visit our own Network Noise blog, check out Herdict.org or (even) ComputerWeekly.com.

via Cleaner unplugs the Internet in Egypt – IT in Context.

So apparently the butler did it, in the server room, with a vacuum.  Somebody obviously needs to catch a clue.  *rimshot*

Shalom

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