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The things we get used to...

I've been around long enough in the online world that I remember using hand-crafted bang paths to route email out of JANET. Years in academic and commercial research, and in running ISPs and Internet consultancy have left me treating the Net like oxygen - something I don't notice until it's gone. DSL and wireless at home haven't helped, either.

This afternoon we had a couple of hours outage here in the office, while I was trying to actually write some code for once. I couldn't get to any reference materials! I couldn't even test the code I had written so far... It was frustrating, and annoying, and there wasn't anything I could do... And it was an annoyance that so few people actually get the chance to have, which made me more annoyed at myself all over again.

But now it's back. So I can read the latest release from the folk at the Jhai Foundation, who are working on bringing the net to rural Laos. And realise that there are folk out there working to give everyone the chance of connectivity.

And it's off to see Tori Amos in a couple of hours...


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Jan. 16th, 2003 08:56 am (UTC)
That answers a question I was going to ask...
Jan. 16th, 2003 10:25 am (UTC)
oh yes; when we lost DSL for 3 weeks pending BT getting a clue, or we had those outages a few months ago it made me realise how much I rely on the Net just being there now
Jan. 16th, 2003 04:26 pm (UTC)
Hope you've enjoyed the show!
(Was going to say "enjoy", but looked at clock ...)

I was suffering some e-withdrawal pangs last week, staying at my sister's ... She hadn't told me that her computer was down!!
Jan. 17th, 2003 05:16 am (UTC)
Bang paths. Ghods, yes.

The first email I ever got externally on CIX was from a friend's SO at Leicester University, in about 1993. She started Uni, got a computer account, and bingo, she had email! I was the only person she knew with an Internet address. And when I replied, it bounced... And I though I knew I needed a bang path, I didn't know how to construct one from cix.compulink.co.uk to chem.leics.ac.uk or wherever it was.

[Sigh] Those were the days...

But it's for that reason I have a firewall with a modem in as a "hot spare" for when the ADSL goes down. And both my main PC & Kjersti's have their own modems, too...
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