Wednesday, February 02, 2011

How Egypt cut itself off - and how it got back

Heise.de hosts a nice video derived from bgplay showing how the egyptian BGP-Routes vanished.

http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Aegypten-Massenproteste-gehen-weiter-Update-1181273.html (sorry - much german text, but the video speaks for itself...)

Ripe also has some static infos here: http://stat.ripe.net/egypt/

Egypt is currently coming back on the internet, see a video of the newly announced routes here:
http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Aegypten-ist-wieder-online-Update-1182195.html

The situation in Egypt and the currently proposed "Internet-Kill-Switches" throughout Europe made me think. In the days before Trumpet Winsock i used to be a FIDO-Net-Point, polling twice per day via modem. Maybe it's time to wipe the dust of the old sportsters and see, if we can remember the basics of the AT Commandset and if the boxes are still working, even without a serial card with a 16550-FIFO.

I wonder if FroDo2.02/FastEcho still run within a WinXP Commandshell. And if there is any local Fido-Node supporting Modem Calls left...

For those willing to try: http://www.softeq.de/old/Download/download.html

tom

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