Egypt government had an Internet kill switch

Egypt government had an Internet kill switch

How do you isolate an entire country from the rest of the Internet?

Well it sounds like an impossible thing to do, but not in Egypt.
Under the recent demonstration in Egypt the government successful turned off the Internet for a couple of day in an attempt to control the demonstration. The first rumors reported that government officials contacted individual ISPs and told them to shut down their networks, and If not they would lose their license for running communication company. New reports tells that most of the Internet providers in Egypt are connect to the rest of the world through a single datacenter (Internet Exchange Point), which made it possible for the Egypt intelligence service to force it offline very effectively. The remaining connection to the rest of the world was closed doing some phone calls/arm-twisting.

Source

Facts about Egypt:Egypt_globe
Capital: Cairo
Population: 79,089,650
Area: 1,002,450 km2
Official language: Arabic

Windows 7 – Automatic change of default printer

How to automatic change default printer

I found out about a nice little feature the other day, that I would like to share with you. A new great feature in Windows 7 is that you now can configure automatic change of your default printer based on the network you are connected to (location-aware printing).

Help me I’m offline!

offline
Oh no, I am offline…!

Just as Egypt came back online, I went offline. Well okay I am not totally offline, I still have my smartphone, but that is not really the same. My phone line is also down (Yep I still have one of those old faction baby’s), so I need to wait for a technician from the phone company to fix it. As an IT professional it is so frustrating to have an IT problem and not be able to do anything about myself. Well it is really bad timing, because I have the day off tomorrow and didn’t have to be going to bed early tonight. I have all night free to optimize my blog and then my Internet is offline 🙁

So what to do when the Internet is down and all I can do are just to wait? Well I thought, how about writing a blog post about it? So I did and the subject was kind of obvious:Are you addicted to being online and connected all the time?

Let my start with a couple of questions and then answer them myself. Then maybe you want to drop me a comment and answer the same questions yourself:
Questions

My questions:

  1. How often do you visit your own blog and check for new comments?
  2. How often do you check your traffic statistics?
  3. How often do you post a new blog post?
  4. How often do you write comments on others blog?
  5. Are you addicted to being online and always been connected?

 

My answers:

  1. Well I check my blog everyday if possible.
  2. I check it a couple times of days at the moment to see if my traffic is improving.
  3. I try to post a blog post at least once a week.
  4. I try to write a couple of comments on related blogs each day at the moment.
  5. Well I guess I am at some point. Hate not to be able to get online when I want to.

 

Well this was my answers, how about you?

Do you want to work at Google?

Have you ever been wondering how it would be to work at Google?

Have you ever been wondering how it would be to work in a company like Google? Well here is a change for you to get a tour at their Chicago Headquarter. In Google they seem to do a lot to make their employees happy and creative. For me it looks more like a playground than a workplace, but who doesn’t want to be working in a playground. Watch football on the job while your computer get fixed and free launch for everybody. That is just some of the thing you can see in this video.

Get an inside look at Google’s Chicago Headquarter:

About Google

Google has over 70 offices in more than 40 countries. Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both students at Stanford University in Stanford, California. Their headquarters is located at Mountain View, California, United States.

 

Take a look at my Video page where I have a collection of a lot of cool video clips.

Do you use Bing Webmaster tool?

Bing Webmaster
Are you using Bing Webmaster tool?

You properly already know Google Webmaster tools if you have been working with SEO on your website, but did your knew that Bing has a similar service called Bing Webmaster tool? It works pretty much the same way as Google webmaster tools, but of cause based on Bing’s search engine.

I am no expert in Bing Webmaster Tool, not yet :-)
Anyway I want to give you my little review of the tool anyway. One of the first things I noticed was that it is 3 day behind with the statistic. That is a shame I think when you are used to use Google Webmaster tool. On the other hand you can add single URL to the Bing Search Engine. That is a nice feature if you have a page that Bing doesn’t index automatically. You are allowed to add up to 50 URLs every month, but maximum 10 each day. That seems like a fair limit I think.
Like in Google you can add a sitemap as a XML file. It works pretty much like with Google. In general I think that it is a good tool, but still not as good as Google Webmaster Tools. It might be in the future if Microsoft add more features to their service.

Bing Webmaster Tool

Add sitemap to Bing

Check out: Bing Webmaster Tool Bing Webmaster Tool is a free service just like Google Webmaster Tool

Do you use the Bing Webmaster Tool to get more traffic to your website/Blog or do you only care about Google? Please drop me a comment and let me know what you think.