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netchicken
28-12-2006, 04:29 PM
seems OK by me...

Internet and phone services have been disrupted across much of Asia after an earthquake damaged undersea cables, leaving one of the world's most tech-savvy regions in a virtual blackout.

From frustrated traders seeking in vain for stock quotes to anxious newshounds accustomed to round-the-clock updates on world events, millions of people from China to Japan to Australia were believed to have been affected.

There was no chaos on the stock exchanges or any of the other doomsday scenarios of science fiction, but reports that services could be down for weeks were dramatic enough.

"It is not a matter of days," said Hong Seoung-Yong, an official with South Korea's information and communication ministry. "It will take longer than that to repair the damaged lines."

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Taiwan on Tuesday night, which was followed by several smaller quakes in the region, apparently damaged the vast network of underwater cables that enables modern communication.

"The Internet capacity in Taiwan is about 40 percent now, so the service is jammed," said a spokesman for Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's largest phone company on Tuesday.

The disruption was widespread, hitting China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and elsewhere, with knock-on effects as far away as Australia for companies whose Internet is routed through affected areas.

Phone services in some countries were also disrupted, in particular for calls to the United States.

"Several undersea data cables were damaged," said a spokesman for PCCW, Hong Kong's biggest telecoms company.

Service providers quickly tried to redirect customers to the cables that had not been affected but the reduced capacity was no match for the normal workload of users, leaving Internet service that was painfully slow or non-existent.

"It's a nightmare, basically, because we have no idea what is going on in the markets today," said Steve Rowles, an analyst with CFC Seymour in Hong Kong, who echoed others in saying that damage was limited due to year's end.

"It has happened on the right day as a lot of people are away for holidays, so there's low trading volumes," he said.


The Tokyo Stock Exchange, the world's largest bourse outside of New York, was functioning without problems, a spokesman said.

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/12/27/061227100430.q1satn81.html

somebody
28-12-2006, 04:50 PM
I can't access some websites, as my ISP appears to tunnel a lot of data through hubs in Asia, rather than using the Southern Cross cable.

Metla
28-12-2006, 05:19 PM
Heh, I thought we were Asia....

Anyhow, Checking up on the order I made via a Hong Kong store has been a bit iffy, Other then that, who cares if they cant see what the market is, Its only money, a real nightmare would be...uh.....a giant wave that kills 200 thousand people.

stu161204
28-12-2006, 05:49 PM
I can't access some websites, as my ISP appears to tunnel a lot of data through hubs in Asia, rather than using the Southern Cross cable.

Who is your ISP somebody?

somebody
28-12-2006, 06:36 PM
I use Ihug, and in past tracert queries I have discovered that my connections are routed through somewhere in Asia (asianetcom.net), rather than the Southern Cross cable (can't remember the name of the domain which is is though).

For example, tracert to Google.com
1 52 ms 49 ms 51 ms 192.168.0.1

2 54 ms 59 ms 53 ms lo2.akl-grafton-bba1.ihug.net [203.109.128.242]

3 85 ms 245 ms 91 ms gi1-2.akl-grafton-bdr1.ihug.net [203.109.130.35]

4 55 ms 55 ms 55 ms ip-static-202-147-45-73.asianetcom.net [202.147.45.73]

5 54 ms 55 ms 55 ms ge-1-1-0-0.gw4.akl1.asianetcom.net [202.147.55.226]

6 208 ms 207 ms 209 ms po7-3.gw2.sjc1.asianetcom.net [202.147.55.158]

7 208 ms 207 ms 207 ms 72.14.197.37

8 209 ms 206 ms 209 ms 66.249.95.69

9 270 ms 271 ms 269 ms 66.249.95.212

10 288 ms 245 ms 245 ms 72.14.239.23

11 284 ms 293 ms 275 ms 216.239.49.226

12 273 ms 271 ms 273 ms 64.233.187.99


Trace complete.


The website I can't access is:
http://www.dell.co.nz/orderstatus because I suspect it is routed through Singapore, as past hits have taken me to: support.sg.dell.com

paulw
28-12-2006, 06:37 PM
Only had one spam message today..

DavidW
28-12-2006, 11:46 PM
somebody How do you get the tracert message to stay on the screen after it has finished? I seem to remember there was an msdos p comand that sent a string to the printer. ?? D

beeswax34
28-12-2006, 11:54 PM
A lot of websites get routed through Asia Com and I am on Woosh. And Metla, I believe we are in the Pacific part of Asia Pacific.

Jester
29-12-2006, 12:58 AM
somebody How do you get the tracert message to stay on the screen after it has finished? I seem to remember there was an msdos p comand that sent a string to the printer. ?? D


Start / Run / cmd (note, not 'command')

Do tracert from there
Right click Menu bar, select edit then select all. Pressing enter will copy it for use elsewhere :)

jermsie
29-12-2006, 01:38 AM
somebody How do you get the tracert message to stay on the screen after it has finished? I seem to remember there was an msdos p comand that sent a string to the printer. ?? D

In CMD type:
"tracert www.google.com > C:/trace.txt" (excluding quotes)

good for records.
Xtra and such go through 'global-gateway' which im pretty sure is the southern cross cable.
Actually, you might remember when the SCC got cut last year (or very early this year). Load times on sites were huge as different routes were used. 1000ms + to google.com

Renmoo
29-12-2006, 10:06 AM
Start / Run / cmd (note, not 'command')

Do tracert from there
Right click Menu bar, select edit then select all. Pressing enter will copy it for use elsewhere :)
Thanks for that! :D

Cheers :)

Renmoo
29-12-2006, 12:49 PM
Asia's Internet, phone services to be largely restored today: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/12/28/nation/20061228120811&sec=nation

Cheers :)