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Who are you gonna call?
We're all doomed. Techweek reports Cisco CEO John Chambers plans to be working with his programmers on New Year's Eve. Anyone who has ever worked on a software project knows what kind of code gets produced by programmers while the CEO is hanging around :-) http://www.techweek.com/articles/6-28-99/countdow.htm On to something a little more serious, although its going to sound a bit strange. Imagine you had a special phone which always worked and can call any number in the world. It has just one limitation. The phone has only 9 speed-dial keys. And no cheating, you can't call the AT&T/MCI/Sprint/etc operator to dial a number which wasn't pre-programmed, and no third-party call forwarding. What Internet specific resources would you like to have access? Assume police, fire, medical, telephone repair, generator repair, etc are already handled. Here was my list: - Cisco TAC (Have you paid your IOS service contract yet?) - MFS (MAE-East tech on duty) - Merit (Route Server, Gated) - Internet Software Consortium (Have you paid your BIND service contract yet?) - UUNET NOC (if the 800lbs ISP falls over, we're all going to feel it) - Sendmail, Inc (after TCP/IP, mail is something all NOC's depend on) - Sun Microsystems (for those not running Linux) - ARIN (assuming APNIC and RIPE are mirrored) - My home phone (Family is important too) I went through my old tickets, and besides telephone repair, its remarkable how infrequently most of the Internet stuff we depend on breaks. So I based my list not on how likely something would break, but on how bad it would be if it did break. Nothing may happen, but assuming such a list affected the setting of priorities, any changes to my list and why? -- Sean Donelan, Data Research Associates, Inc, St. Louis, MO Affiliation given for identification not representation