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Taiwan quake cuts off much of Asia Internet

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    directrix

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/249389/1/.html

    The effect is felt here in the Philippines as well -- my Internet connection was down the whole day. When it finally was up again, browsing Web sites hosted outside Asia is a pain.

    I pinged channel9.msdn.com to see how responsive it is from here.

    Pinging channel9.msdn.com [66.129.67.102] with 32 bytes of data:

    Request timed out.
    Reply from 66.129.67.102: bytes=32 time=1048ms TTL=49
    Reply from 66.129.67.102: bytes=32 time=1093ms TTL=49
    Reply from 66.129.67.102: bytes=32 time=1118ms TTL=49

    Ping statistics for 66.129.67.102:
        Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 3, Lost = 1 (25% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
        Minimum = 1048ms, Maximum = 1118ms, Average = 1086ms

    Even worse:

    Pinging yahoo.com [66.94.234.13] with 32 bytes of data:

    Request timed out.
    Reply from 66.94.234.13: bytes=32 time=437ms TTL=47
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.

    Ping statistics for 66.94.234.13:
        Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 1, Lost = 3 (75% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
        Minimum = 437ms, Maximum = 437ms, Average = 437ms

    Then compared it on a site hosted in the Philippines:

    Pinging up.edu.ph [202.92.128.5] with 32 bytes of data:

    Reply from 202.92.128.5: bytes=32 time=26ms TTL=53
    Reply from 202.92.128.5: bytes=32 time=27ms TTL=53
    Reply from 202.92.128.5: bytes=32 time=25ms TTL=53
    Reply from 202.92.128.5: bytes=32 time=18ms TTL=53

    Ping statistics for 202.92.128.5:
        Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
        Minimum = 18ms, Maximum = 27ms, Average = 24ms

    I think Internet traffic from East Asia to the US will be diverted to Europe in the meantime... which means Web browsing will be slower than usual. For me, it's gonna be hell browsing the Web this week.

    Bummer. Sad[C]


    (sorry if my English is a bit rusty)

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    blowdart

    That will cut down all the spam that comes out of Taiwan then Smiley

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    W3bbo

    directrix wrote:
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/249389/1/.html

    The effect is felt here in the Philippines as well -- my Internet connection was down the whole day. When it finally was up again, browsing Web sites hosted outside Asia is a pain.

    I pinged channel9.msdn.com to see how responsive it is from here.


    It's been a while since I was in Manila, does PLDT still have a monopoly over telecommunications? (and has ADSL been rolled out yet?), I used to be in Makati.

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    eagle

    It’s all about supply chain and Taiwan is the heart of our High Tech supply chain.


    We’re all going to be affected by this disruption, just last week I got an email from a woman in Taiwan who reads my blog and all those new Windows Vista laptops pass through Taiwan..

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    Harlequin

    We need to stop having all of our eggs in one basket. Last time there was a big earthquake there memory prices skyrocketed and took years to recover.

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    ckozlowski

    Who's "we"?

    It's much more complicated than that...=)

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    Harlequin

    ckozlowski wrote:
    Who's "we"?

    It's much more complicated than that...=)



    Asia might not be able to surf our websites or communicate with us because of this or whatnot. But it's also vice versa. That's why God invented backups Smiley

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    directrix

    W3bbo wrote:
    
    directrix wrote:http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/249389/1/.html

    The effect is felt here in the Philippines as well -- my Internet connection was down the whole day. When it finally was up again, browsing Web sites hosted outside Asia is a pain.

    I pinged channel9.msdn.com to see how responsive it is from here.


    It's been a while since I was in Manila, does PLDT still have a monopoly over telecommunications? (and has ADSL been rolled out yet?), I used to be in Makati.


    From my "personal observations", PLDT still dominates the telecom market here. It's pretty much PLDT vs. Globe Telecom (the 2nd placer) here. ADSL is here (I am on ADSL btw), and is getting cheaper and cheaper (PLDT's and Globe's home DSL service is now at only ~PhP1000/month).

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