Egyptians go old school in attempts to communicate

As reported last week here on Neowin, ongoing protests have prompted the Egyptian government to cut off practically all communication in and out of the country. This has affected not only Internet access, but access to mobile phone networks as well. Not all ISPs were shutdown though. One, called Noor, has largely remained online only because its plays a major part in country's economy, providing outside access to the country's stock market and Western companies based in Egypt. Those who have accounts with Noor have opened up their wireless networks for folks whose ISP cut them off.

According to the BBC, this hasn't stopped people from discovering novel ways to communicate by using fax machines, ham radio and even old school dial up modems. ISPs in the US, France and Sweden have opened up large pools of modems to international dial-up access with no access fees for the most part. Large lists of numbers are being circulated by groups such as "We Re-Build" and Telecomix. The activist group "Anonymous" has also tried sending faxes to schools in Egypt in an attempt to help spread information on ways to communicate. It's not really clear how successful this has been.

The only problem with dial-up access is that few phone lines inside the country can dial international numbers, and for the few that do, it's usually incredibly expensive.

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Interesting, noor, after being transliterated, means "light" in Arabic. How ironic that the only ISP (was) left is called the light.


So all the Egyptians are listening to Sasha, Cox, Pickering, Park and the rest of the top dj`s. I bet the country`s having it large
Good luck Egypt, a big bag of party pills are on there way...

Sky News has just said that the last ISP has gone down. So they are totally Internet-less (apart from the retro dial up)

I expected to see that each person had hired a messenger and said messenger would ride on horse to get to the given destination.

I honestly was expecting them to say someone put up a massive obelisk to show when and where in Cairo was next *lol*

plasmarox said,
When old-school was mentioned, I did expect pre-internet.

???

"fax machines, ham radio and even old school dial up modems"

All of these technologies predate Internet.
Aren't any old school modem users here!?

Northgrove said,

???

"fax machines, ham radio and even old school dial up modems"

All of these technologies predate Internet.
Aren't any old school modem users here!?

There is a point when you wonder if you can correct stupidity. That comment you quoted goes along with the "stone writing" one. Not even going to bother explaining why that's so stupid...

johnnyq3 said,
Oh I thought when they meant old school they meant stone writing. O.O

I instantly had to jokingly think of smoke signs.

But this is rather cool. Kudos to all those who support Egypt, it's lovely to see how Egypt stands up for freedom and parts of the international community supporting them.

Also kudos to Anonymous here.

Way to go, give those suckers a bad time ruling a country they should want to leave asap!

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Also kudos to Anonymous here.

I wasnt expecting to see them mentioned, Anonymous have stepped out of the grey and into the good in my opinion

Glassed Silver said,

I instantly had to jokingly think of smoke signs.

But this is rather cool. Kudos to all those who support Egypt, it's lovely to see how Egypt stands up for freedom and parts of the international community supporting them.

Also kudos to Anonymous here.

Way to go, give those suckers a bad time ruling a country they should want to leave asap!

GS:mac

let's just hope it's real freedom, not many women on the street. The last thing we need is another government of zealot muslims that surpress their people in the name of religion.