Netrail woes (was Re: Atlanta-NAP down (fwd))

Sean M. Doran smd at
Mon Aug 25 15:58:18 UTC 1997

I just read this after clearing out old NANOG mail...

Jon Lewis <jlewis at> writes:

> The Atlanta NAP ( run by Nathan Stratton) is down,
> probably for good.  We're a customer (luckily a multihomed one!), and
> the word is WORLDCOM pulled all their circuits due to debts.  So all the
> mailing lists and stuff will be down too.

 8 (  107.596 ms  195.051 ms  90.187 ms
 9 (  97.759 ms  128.468 ms  108.682 ms
10 (  121.353 ms !H  92.724 ms !H  92.384 ms !H

23 (  178.501 ms  181.052 ms *
24 (  204.067 ms  206.366 ms *
25 (  208.59 ms !H  197.928 ms !H  207.262 ms !H

You know, although I do feel bad for Netrail and its
customers, I did read this with a keen appreciation for
the irony, given Mr Stratton's public comments about how
badly BBN's power system was misdesigned for allowing them
to take multi-hour outages, particularly in light of the
fact that the outage in question was beyond BBN's
immediate ability to fix, and not BBN's fault.

It didn't have the personal tastiness of Mr Bass's
unfortunate encounter with bad weather a year or so ago,
but frankly, I can't help but engage in schadenfreude

I also wonder how the millions of GRFs and the billions of other
high-tech expensive pieces of equipment in Netrail's large
network Mr Stratton often commented upon are coping right

One final extract, from <Pine.BSF.3.95q.970716143738.3017A-100000 at>
posted to NANOG during the recent backhoe season: "Ya, we
are going to kill worldcom for this [outage caused by a
fibre-cut]".  No tickee, no complainee?

The moral of this story: bad things happen to everyone.
But when it happens to braggarts who seem to specialize in
doing things better than people who are trying their best,
it's terribly, terribly cool.  --:)

Take note, please, Mr Fleming (inventor and super genius).


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