A small but unexpected effect of Hurricane Sandy on the other side of the planet here in Singapore: my email address doesn’t work.
For years, I’ve used an ieee.org email address. It’s just an alias that forwards to my ‘real’ email account. Always worked fine, and it was convenient as it meant I could switch to different email service providers without changing my public email address. They also provide really good spam filtering and virus scanning. And finally, an IEEE address also looks good professionally: IEEE is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, essentially the world’s biggest professional organization for geeks 🙂
Unfortunately IEEE is headquartered in New Jersey, and all their operations – including their email alias servers – have been severely affected by Sandy. A disruption to my email is of course a trivial inconvenience compared to what residents of New York, New Jersey, and the Caribbean have gone through lately. Nonetheless, it’s a small reminder of how incredibly interdependent and interconnected we all are, all over the planet.
From the IEEE home page:
|Hurricane Sandy Update: The effects of Hurricane Sandy are profound throughout the eastern seaboard of the United States, including the New York City metro area and vast portions of New Jersey. Our thoughts and prayers are with our members, employees, and customers affected by this calamity.
IEEE is experiencing significant power disruptions to our U.S. facilities in New Jersey and New York, and stability issues in our backup location. As a result, you may experience disruptions in service from IEEE. The ieee.org email alias service for members is experiencing major disruptions. For the time being, we suggest members who use this service communicate with colleagues using their personal email addresses. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. We are working to rectify these issues as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.