Thursday, November 19, 2009

The week that internet died

Just a few decades ago, mankind thrived without the internet. Professionals went to work every day, students attended classes, and universities conducted research without internet.

Through the ages, great scientific advancements have occured without the internet. Prehistoric man engineered the wheel without internet searches; Pythagoras calculated the hypotenuse of a right triangle without online data sharing, Columbus navigated the Atlantic without Google maps, Niels Bohr mapped the atom without referencing wikipedia, and NASA landed men on the moon before e-mail.

KAUST has a chance to re-live these glory days this week. The entire campus - student housing, KAUST libraries, and staff offices - has been disconnected from the world wide web for two days... and IT cannot predict which day we might go back online.

I have a lot of pictures to share and stories to tell, but blogging will have to wait until KAUST has regular internet access again. Until then, I hope all of you out there in the world are doing well, and don't be suprised if I don't answer any emails for a while!


  1. Did the cables in the Mediterreannean/Red Seas get cut again? Happened to us last year.

  2. why is KAUST without internet? are they having an experminet or something !!! . and if not, they it's the typical Saudi Arabia, nothing will ever change, yet it's a shame that the whole university vanishes away from the face of the internet :(

  3. After three days disconnected, the internet is back now! Hope it holds up...