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Postby Timf » December 29th, 2006, 10:31 am

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I am not sure if this made it into the world news but those of us in Hong Kong have been in a pre-internet state since the Taiwan earthquake. The earthquake broke 6 of the 7 internet lines that allow us to communicate with the world. China, Taiwan and Japan were also affected. At this point they say it will be at least a week before we are fully up and running again. They have to bring the cables up to ships to repair.

I have to say it is scary how dependent we have become on the internet and you never realize until you don't have it.

Postby one-word-plastics » December 29th, 2006, 11:13 am

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I know first hand what you mean - but from the US side. I can only get about 1 in 10 e-mails through to our factory in Shenzhen. Phone calls sound like underwater conversations, that is if you can stay connected.

It's a delicate balance that keeps our business communications network working these days. Thank goodness the terrorists haven't figured out fiber optics sabotage.
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Postby molested_cow » December 29th, 2006, 11:40 am

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Not just the internet, but modern technology in general. That's why I insist on using my manual sharpener. At least I can still work without power.

I was on the 8th floor when it happened. It was weird and it lasted for quite a long time, almost eerie.

Yeap, we had problems calling/faxing HK and the rest of SE asia the day after. I think it got better today. Internet has worked for me without any problem.


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