Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Internet Got Wicked!

Last night I downloaded lots of music videos. And the speed was phenomenal. My fav free file hosting is Sendspace (which hold no mb/time limit whatsoever) and SUPERFAST. Rapidshare's fast too. But you can download only certain amount of mb over certain time period. Meaning, after you downloaded a 60mb of files, you have to wait for an hour before you can download another file.

But suddenly at 2-3am, the connection went horribly slow. Google went completely down. YouTube can hardly load at all. At first I thought it got something to do with my modem or router, but unfortunately not. Hmm... I even went on to think that the US or UK got bombed by terrorist after Christmas, so I checked on CNN and online TV channels - but nothing seems out of ordinary. And last night I went to bed at 4am. Like, the EARLIEST EVER in the holiday.

And today, I was watching the Buletin 1.30 (I haven't online yet) when it was reported that Taiwan was shaken with a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, causing some minor damage (only 2 people got killed), but apparently the underwater communication cables were damaged. ZZING! Oh, so that's why... but I wonder, what should the cables at Taiwan got to do with our internet connection? It's not like YouTube was stored on Taiwan's server. OK, whatever.

Nurul smsed me asking me "ko bole online tak". Huh? Don't tell me dah xboleh connect langsung! So I quickly turn my notebook on and connect to the net. Hmm.. ok, I got connected. And I could check the mail and so on. BUT the speed was sooo reminding me of the dial-up era. Or the faculty's internet connection. But at least it doesn't went off and on again and again. Just slow. Slow... Slow that in fact it took 10 minutes for me to attach my paperwork and sponsorship letter to Yahoo Mail.

And I went to The Star Online. Voila! As expected, there's news about this.

Internet access to overseas websites disrupted

PETALING JAYA: Local Internet access to overseas websites came to a crawl Wednesday after international links were disrupted by the earthquake in southern Taiwan.

Internet service provider (ISP) Jaring said the disruption started at about 3.45am Wednesday, and warned users to expect congestion to and from overseas websites during peak hours.

Internet service provider TM Net said the earthquake caused a fault on Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 links between Shantou, China and Tanshui, Taiwan, and between Lantau in Hong Kong and Chongming, China.

The disruption has caused outages to several TM Net international transit and peering links.

TM Net said Malaysian Internet users may experience some delay in accessing content and websites hosted overseas, especially in the United States, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea and Europe.

Action is being taken to reduce traffic congestion by diverting traffic through backup links, it added.

TM Net customers can call 1-300-88-9515 or e-mail custcare@tm.net.my for further enquiries.


and this one

Communications cut off after powerful earthquake strikes southern Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP): A strong earthquake off Taiwan's southern coast damaged undersea cables, cutting off phone and Internet service Wednesday to parts of China, South Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia and the United States, companies said. The temblor killed two people.

Repairing the cables harmed by Tuesday's 6.7-magnitude quake could take three weeks but "quality will improve day by day,'' said Lin Jen-hung, vice general manager of Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan's largest phone company.

The company said damage to a cable off Taiwan's southern coast has interrupted 98 percent of Taiwan's communications capacity with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.

The damaged lines knocked out Internet service for some Hong Kong customers, who were unable to access Web sites in parts of Asia and the U.S.

Hong Kong telephone company PCCW Ltd., which also provides Internet service, said several undersea data cables were damaged in the quake.

"Data traffic to Taiwan, Korea, Japan and the United States are affected,'' PCCW said in a statement.

The company also warned customers that they may experience congestion for several days on the Internet because of an upsurge in use as people surf the Web for more information about the quake.

Financial traders in Hong Kong -- one of Asia's biggest business capitals -- complained they lost their connection to Bloomberg LP, a key provider of news and data about stock markets. Bloomberg declined to immediately comment on the outage.

Internet access has been cut or has become extremely slow in Beijing, said an official from China Netcom, China's No. 2 phone company.

The official, who would not give his name, said the cause was thought to be the earthquake, but he had not further details. Businesses in various parts of the city also said they were experiencing Internet access problems.

CCTV, the state-run television network, said the earthquake had damaged undersea communications cables from China to the United States and from Asia to Europe.

It said China Telecom Corp., China's biggest phone company, was contacting counterparts in the United States and Europe about using satellites to make up for the shortfall.

The quake, which hit offshore from the town of Hengchun near Taiwan's southern tip, came on the second anniversary of the tsunami that killed more than 200,000 lives in southern Asia.

Japan's Meteorological Bureau said Tuesday a one-meter (3.3-foot) tsunami might be headed toward the eastern coast of the Philippines, but officials later lifted the warning.

In Taiwan, two members of one family were killed Tuesday in Hengchun when their four-story home collapsed. Six other members of the family were rescued from under the rubble early Wednesday, the National Fire Agency said in a statement.

The quake injured 42 people, three homes collapsed and 12 fires broke out, the fire agency said.

Tuesday's quake was felt throughout Taiwan. It shook buildings and knocked objects off the shelves in the capital, Taipei, in the northern part of the island.

Several high-rise hotels swayed violently in the southern city of Kaohsiung, CTI Cable News reported.

Liao Ching-ling, a manager at the city's Ambassador Hotel, said the quake was the strongest she had ever felt.

"The building swayed so badly that many guests panicked and ran out of their rooms and into the streets,'' she said.

Quakes frequently shake Taiwan, which is part of the Pacific's "Ring of Fire,'' an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Most are minor and cause little or no damage. However, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in central Taiwan in September 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

What? 3 weeks? I can smell my own death.

4 comments:

fara-D said...

patot la siang smlm aku ngan adik aku takleh connect ke internet!! anip punya la bising tadapat online smlm.... ahaha!! tima kaseh pada kewujudan potosop yang telah membantu mengisi kebosanan idop ku semlam... yeeha!!

ChikaDior said...

wokeyh....

konpom ko ngan astri ni senyap2 dah partime keje ngan tmnet. miahahaha! buat report gangguan internet mengalahkan apa je. AHAHAHA!

Adian said...

haha kamilah agen 016 (tetiba)

ChikaDior said...

016?? daaa... apa barang???

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