The Grounded Cloud
April 8, 2011
It’s Friday, so I’m procrastinating and reading the news. A lot of stories are same ol’, same ol’, environmental disaster and political fiasco. But this little story caught my eye: while she was digging around in the dirt look for copper to sell off, some lady in Georgia (the country) cut a fiber-optic line that happened to feed the entire country of Armenia with internet. The Guardian explains,
As Georgia provides 90% of Armenia’s internet, the woman’s unwitting sabotage had catastrophic consequences. Web users in the nation of 3.2 million people were left twiddling their thumbs for up to five hours as the country’s main internet providers – ArmenTel, FiberNet Communication and GNC-Alfa – were prevented from supplying their normal service. Television pictures showed reporters at a news agency in the capital Yerevan staring glumly at blank screens.
Oh sad day! I can only imagine what my day would be like without my net fix: no movies (I got rid of my DVDs and rely on Netflix), no weather report (guess I’d have to open the blinds and look outside), and no ffffound! Thank god we’ve got multiple redundant internet links in NYC, right? Right?