Has The Net Finally Reached The Wall?
It was the day America Online Inc. became America Offline. For 19 hours on Aug. 7, the world's biggest online company and its 6 million customers were blacked out while technicians tracked down what they described as two crippling problems: a faulty roadmap of Internet addresses and a bug in the software of a powerful switching computer called a router. In an apology to subscribers, Chairman Stephen M. Case wrote: "I would like to be able to tell you that this sort of thing will never happen again, but frankly, I can't make that commitment."
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