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Slobodan Markovic on Fri, 16 Apr 1999 20:33:41 +0200 (CEST)


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    I'm currently captured in one absolutely unreal situation...

    I'm sitting in front of my computer, listening to Radiohead's 
    OK Computer (currently song number 10: No Suprises) and trying to 
    write a piece of e-mail... while outside, I can hear very loud 
    detonations and heavy anti-aircraft gun fire. Right now...

    I feel like I'm in the middle of Terminator 2's intro scene 
    (when Linda Hamilton is explaining the war between humans and 
    the machines). The sky is burning, the planes are flying over...

    Anyway, I would like to say a few words about the Internet in 
    Yugoslavia in these trouble days...

    First of all, some reliable ground Internet connections are 
    broken. When second bridge in Novi Sad went down, one good 
    Internet connection (or to say: fiber-optic cable) was broken.

    Second, when NATO devastated one building in the very centre of
    Belgrade, one Belgrade-based ISP's (bits.net) computer equipment 
    was totally destroyed.

    Third, there are at least two VSAT station equipped ISP's in
    Belgrade (eunet.yu and beotel.yu). Only in case of total
    devastation of Serbian Telecom infrastructure in Belgrade, this 
    outlet will become unusable (as well as regular phone lines).

    Fourth, Radio B-92's Internet section (Opennet) went down 
    together with the radio station. Radio B-92's "cybeRex New
    Media Lab" (cr.opennet.org) is closed and all running (Internet 
    related) projects are put on-hold (for an uncertain time period)
    or completely cancelled.

    ...

    These were only the things I could remember while typing this 
    text. During the following week, I will try to dig some more 
    reliable and precise information about the Internet in Yugoslavia.

    Greetings,

            Slobodan Markovic   | http://solair.eunet.yu/~twiddle
            Internodium Project | http://www.internodium.org.yu

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