Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Third fire alarm

Fire! Again!

What's up with this! A third accidental fire alarm in as many months. Seems like we are on a roll. Or, there is a minor conspiracy that I am not aware of.

While waiting in the emergency area, I did have a chance to strike up a conversation about PARC during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, a.k.a. the World Series Quake. Back then, people were using car radios to get updates on the status.

If it were to happen today, I wonder if the cell phone towers would hold up during the quake and if the towers would be overwhelmed with calls. Maybe a distributed and ad-hoc networking backbone would be a more robust solution, although I think people used WiMax for the 2004 Tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Yeah, back to work.


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