Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Communicating with the Internet

“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”
-Eric Schmidt
On January 25 the Egyptian government shut down the Internet in Egypt in response to massive revolt and riots. This has led to much speculation in America and elsewhere - could this happen to us?

This has also led to discussion on what to do if the Internet goes down. For example Wired.com has a great article entitled Communicate if Your Government Shuts Off Your Internet.  It covers:
  • Back up information (like phone lists) that you store online.
  • Public radio like CB, HAM and others
  • Phone trees
  • FAX
  • Dial up and other alternatives to your ISP company.
  • Satellite access
Bottom Line

I love the Internet. But be careful that you don't rely on it 100% and have backup options in place. It just takes a power outage to lose the Internet.

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