One 18hr non-stop flight later, I was back on solid (and very wet) ground. My mum picked me up from Changi Airport and wisked me away for a quick but tasty Lontong breakfast at Sixth Ave. Along the way she updated me on the ongoings of our friends and neighbors, which was great since I’m so in touch with online social networks, that I’ve nearly forgotten about my offline connections.
Speaking of connections, I reached home only to find that the wireless network I had setup already crapped out. My parents’ household has a really old cable modem, a wired Netgear router and my recently installed Belkin 54g wifi router. Since everything was already in place when I brought in the wifi router, I turn it into a wireless access point instead. Now it’s simply not working, so I thought to myself about simplifying the whole setup by just using the wifi router to replace the wired one. Along the way, everything failed… from AIM to Skype, to checking emails and web pages… nothing worked. I spent the next few zombified hours trying to figure out what was wrong… from forwarding network ports to physically checking ethernet cables, but to no avail. It was only when I started scanning the wifi channels in my neighborhood that I happen to glance at an RSS feed which explained it all. It was then that I realized how I wasn’t the only one facing this problem. The entire country’s internet connectivity has gone down, thanks to a powerful earthquake in Taiwan.
As seen on Tomorrow.sg and Bloomberg: “The Taiwan earthquake has affected several submarine cable systems in Asia, causing cable cuts near Taiwan late last night,” Singapore Telecom spokesman Chia Boon Chong said by telephone today. “Some customers might experience a slowdown in data or Internet access. Traffic diversion and restoration works are currently in progress”.
According to Reuters, the main quake was measured by Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau at magnitude 6.7 and at magnitude 7.1 by the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake struck off Taiwan’s southern coast at 1226 GMT on Tuesday. So far, two people were killed. Voice circuits had been reduced to 40 per cent of capacity to the United States, 11 per cent to Japan, 10 per cent to mainland China and just 2 per cent to most parts of Southeast Asia.
This experience isn’t like going on a 56kbps analogue modem…
think more like tranferring data over two plastic cups and a string.