Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley
mycroftca

Yesterday morning I had severe difficulties accessing significant portions of the Internet.

Some folks suggested that it was brought on by system failures on the East Coast due to storms and flooding.

OK, I thought. Sensible. Why do I still feel ... miffed?

After pondering for most of yesterday, I remembered why.

Katrina.

A major node in the Internet was in NOLA. A small group of people stayed behind and kept that node running through the storm and the floods. They did everything they had to do to keep the system functional, including generators and guarding the site.

If you don't believe me, go looking on LJ for interdictor's posts of the period.

So, where were the brave folks to protect the Internet on the East Coast? Or is it only a Southern attitude to fight the good fight?

I don't know. Maybe there was too much devastation from this storm. But wasn't there similar devastation on the Gulf Coast?

Hmm.
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