Saturday, December 30, 2006
These past few days have been frustrating indeed trying to access overseas sites due to the earthquake in southern Taiwan which 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.

Sometimes it takes an event of such magnitude to remind us how interconnected we all are and how reliant we are on the internet at the present time. A lot of bloggers like myself and people wanting to confirm flight details online travelling to this affected region faced sluggish access so hard to live by. I contemplated how accessing the internet back when there were no broadband service was like... seems like centuries ago to me.

From Malaysian Newspaper
For tourist David Persson, 20, who was trying to update his website at a cybercafe on Leith Street in Penang, only managed to upload his travel pictures but it took him more than an hour to do the normally 10-minute job.

“I read online that there was an earthquake in Taiwan which damaged undersea cables,” said the Swede who together with his friend Philip Stahl, also 20, is on a six-month trip across China and South-East Asia.


posted by Daryl W.T. Lau at 16:24 |