Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Day the Internet Broke

Everything was going normal, until I wanted to go look at my feeds using the
wonderful Google Reader of course, when this showed up
in my browser:

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Then, I asked twitter about it and got a reply from who is now a newfound friend @ href="http://twitter.com/MathGeek06">MathGeek06, who reported that he too was having troubles. 
After a couple messages or so, I got this:

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It looks like the Internets are conspiring against me tonight. 
Google, tell me, why are you crashing so much lately?  We need you, we depend on you, YOU ARE THE
INTERNET!

I'm just kidding of course, but this has allowed me ample time to
reflect on how dependent I am on central services.  Just about the same time as I was giggling at
Dave Winer for blogging about href="http://www.scripting.com/stories/2008/05/04/whyDecentralizingTwitterIs.html">Why Decentralizing
Twitter is so important. I'm starting to agree with him.