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Hotmail acting strangely, no graphics are showing up

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    Since last Friday, when I go to my Hotmail account, none of the graphics on the Hotmail page load.  This is happening in IE and in Firefox and it is happening on multiple computers.  Neither of my computers has anything running that would block the Hotmail images.  And other pages with images load just fine.

    Visit the link below to see a screenshot:

    Is anyone else seeing this with their Hotmail account?

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    Yep I too got that today

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    I submitted a support request to Hotmail regarding this problem.  According to the auto-response, I should hear something in 24 hours.

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    The images are (probably) hosted on Akamai servers.
    Akamai is the bigest source for graphical ads (Flash and GIF) and many of the world's biggest websites use their services. If you are using an ad-blocker application (on individual PC's or at gateway/DNS level), it is most likely that their servers will be targeted and the content from Akamai will be blocked.
    As an example, I'll put the error that I've made some 2 years ago. Manually edititng the HOSTS file and adding fake IP addresses for Akamai servers blocked not only the commercials, but even part of Windows Update content.
    Of course, I won't exclude a temporary DNS failure for Hotmail server responsible with those graphics.

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