This is the first time in several days that I have been able to even access the blog control panel and write. There is no guarantee it will work. And it took me two hours to get this far. I have WAY too much time on my hands with the net down.

The earthquake that shook Taiwan, on the anniversary of the devastating tsunami two years ago, has taken four lives and wrecked havoc in business and cyber-dependent sectors throughout Asia. The result will be billions of yuan lost in Internet dependent ventures.

The worst I have suffered is an inability to access email, blog post or surf any sites outside China’s borders, so it isn’t really out of the ordinary. I have to laugh though as I am sure there are gamers and chat addicts (MSN and the like are kaput) are deep in the throes of withdrawal.

I am catching up on reading and pondering how to make my life in the future diverse enough that it is not wholly contingent on Internet connectivity.

If I am able to return tomorrow I will begin posting again. I have some pent up blogalalia I desperately need to purge.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Here is the only news source I can access right now, China Daily, on the earthquake:

…the earthquake in Taiwan exposed the fragile side of tech-savvy society. The Web is defenceless against a blow from a natural disaster.

The more connected we are via the Internet and other technological tools, the more serious the consequences brought by their collapse.

The undersea cable connecting China and the United States was damaged in 2001, and a submarine cable in Chongming, Shanghai was cut off in 2003.

All these events show that communication disruptions know no borders. The maintenance and protection of the Internet need global efforts.

Before the collapse of the Internet in Asia, China, the Republic of Korea and the United States signed a deal last week to invest US$500 million in building a submarine cable linking China and the United States.

This will increase the capacity of the wires that facilitate our Internet access.

The World Wide Wait will be on for a while because Internet traffic diversion and repair work is currently under way. The repairs could extend well into January.

The telephone and Internet glitches in the past two days have served as a wake-up call to carry out effective maintenance work at the global level.

I must be in need of cyber-companionship as I competely agree with the China Daily…

By Lonnie Hodge

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