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03 August, 2005

Virtual blackout

Spinster schoolmarm Margery flies in to the sandlands once more, for another shot at a real life version of Sheikhs and Desert Love. Fahd's demise has sadly thwarted her plans for any lyrical lovemaking, with karaoke cancelled UAE-wide.

The demise of a submarine cable has also thwarted pretty much all email (POP and webmail), messaging services such as irc and MSN, and P2P downloading:

"The redundant links deployed by Etisalat for such an eventuality has meant that normal Internet browsing and essential traffic will continue to work smoothly. eCompany stated that there was no service outage. However, certain traffic related to applications like gaming and peer to peer for customers has been affected."

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10 Comments:

Blogger ReginaFilangee said...

ahh, so that explains why i couldn't chat on MSN to certain people.. i thought they'd blocked me :-p

03 August, 2005 01:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, Yahoo messenger still works, so try it out

03 August, 2005 03:57  
Anonymous Kishore J Sasi said...

No Yahoo!, MSN, P2P and Mails here.

03 August, 2005 09:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to see you're back.
Talking about blackouts, has this story - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4740699.stm - gotten any coverage in Dubai? What do ya make of it?

03 August, 2005 10:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(sorry anon... breaking the thread here)

e-company-racketeer corp's just copy/pasted the same notice from back in March (or was it april?) Many web-sites (from certain regions)are NOT working.

Thought about calling their help desk again but its useless - they told me yesterday that "there is nothing wrong with the service whatsoever!!

and they say this place is like singapore????

03 August, 2005 12:13  
Blogger black feline said...

anyone has problems accessing gmail? hope im not alone in dubai..

03 August, 2005 16:08  
Blogger tomboy said...

oh deary deary me.....what do i do now....sit and wait :(

03 August, 2005 18:55  
Blogger BrainSyke said...

Not too bad here. Just a little bumpy!

03 August, 2005 19:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't use gmail until I changed my LAN settings on Internet Explorer.
MSN works too after you change the proxy settings.
Except it keeps logging you off every now and then.

SD, there seems to be a problem with my blogger account, I can't log in. It keeps coming up with this error message "user name not found".
Very strange.

04 August, 2005 02:40  
Blogger Smokey Mirror said...

I gave Etisalat a call a couple of days ago when this whole mess started.. As anon (12:13) said, it seems they're just copy/pasting their excuse from last March.

Their solution was to ram the proxy1.emirates.net.ae:8080 into your browser. Will fix things like gmail, but does nothing for games and the such.

06 August, 2005 00:12  

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