Visualising The YouTube Pakistan Outage

There is a good post by bluesky74656 detailing how you you can get a pretty cool representation of the BGP routing mess that took out YouTube for anywhere up to 2/3 for the world. I’ve reproduced the post here:

Head over to this site. It visualizes the BGP routes between different AS’s. Click ‘Start BGPlay’. The prefix in which YouTube lives is 208.65.153.0/24. Set the start time for about 24 Feb 2008 10:00, and the end time for about 25 Feb 2008 03:00 (times are UTC). Start the simulation.

You’ll see a bunch of ASNs. Two have red circles around them. You can get their name by clicking on the number. On the left is YouTube, and on the right is Pakistan Telcom. Click play and watch what happens.

For those too lazy to actually watch this: All the routes destined for YouTube head towards Pakistan Telcom instead. Then, midway through, you see PCCW get wise and shut down those routes, and everyone slowly starts finding the actual YouTube. It’s pretty neat to watch.

Soup Crimp

Soup, Soup-a-tasty
Soup, soup-a-spicy

Carrot and coriander; chili chowder!
Crouton, crouton – crunchy friends in a liquid broth

I am gaspachio – oh! – I am a summersoup – mm!

Miso, miso – fighting in the Dojo
Miso, miso – oriental prince in the land of soup!

Plain Crimp:

On YouTube

The Scene (from “Fountain of Youth”):

Also on YouTube

Firefox Beta 3

As a PortableApps Firefox user, I downloaded Beta 3 of Firefox 3. It’s pretty slick looking, and there’s a whole host of new features. I don’t like the lack of ‘go’ or ‘->’ at the end of the address bar which was useful for refreshing a page without re-POSTing, and the new location of thehome button will take some getting used to, but it looks pretty good so far!

Check it out and report back any issues to the developers.

Back to Ubuntu

So I’m suppose to be revising for the Big Testâ„¢ that I’ve got tomorrow, but instead I decided to reboot in Ubuntu. And by gosh, I’d forgotten how nice it looks. And this is still the 7.04 version! Sounds are nice too – it’s probably just subjective perception, but playing music sounds nicer too, although I’d still like to get my hands on an equaliser and turn the bass down a bit. Yes, I could see myself using this for a while, especially as there aren’t as many game distractions on here…

Why did I ever leave?