I think I’ve just broken the internet

On our internal blogging discussion mailing list, John Kennedy explained that he was trying to set up a video blog but somehow he ended up including the entire video into his RSS feed. He managed to fix the problem, but apologized:

If the internet is broken, it was my fault.

That was funny enough, but Keith Combs chimed in with some technical advice, and then added,

If you manage to break the internet, it won't be the first time.

Comments (15)
  1. Rutger says:

    Actually When I told my 4 year old son that we could not go to the Bob The Builder site because my internet connection was broken he responded by getting his BTB toolkit and said "are we gonna repair the internet?"

  2. Nick says:

    Cue jokes about the Tubes :)

    And for those who’ve missed out on the fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rZEi70UyJs

  3. newone says:

    Maybe internet means Internet connection, and Internet with capitalized initial means the whole thing.

  4. teh win says:

    My mom used to (maybe still does) refer to closing Internet Explorer as "turning off the internet."

  5. Archangel says:

    There’s the old story about an aged lady who thought she’d deleted the entire internet when she dragged that Windows 95 desktop shortcut to "The Internet" to the recycle bin :-)

  6. J says:

    Hmm, but just think of all the useful things you could make from recycling the internet.

  7. Cheong says:

    I suppose it would be more difficult to break the Ethernet then? :P

  8. Big HD says:

    "Can you install internet on my computer?"

  9. [ICR] says:

    Rutger, thats possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever heard.

  10. Boris says:

    Of course, the real problem is that the "internet" name came from a network-centric environment at a time when ordinary users were most familiar with the desktop application model.  The Internet should’ve been promoted as "The Access", or "The Connection" in order to maintain backwards compatibility with the desktop view. :)

  11. James says:

    This all seems funny to you guys, but I actually have a newly hired colleague here who seems determined to print the entire Internet. I thought it was bad when I found she prints every single email she receives, but she has now printed several *banner ads* as well.

    In a similar vein:



  12. teh win: "My mom used to (maybe still does) refer to closing Internet Explorer as ‘turning off the internet.’"

    My all-time favorite is still, "My Microsoft crashed." I have people call me and give that as their error report.

    Me: "Okay… so did Windows crash, or did Explorer die… I mean Windows Explorer, not Internet Explorer… Or were you using Word, or Outlook?"

    Them: "No, my Microsoft crashed. It’s not running anymore."

    Me: *sigh*

  13. Nick says:

    Ha! I’ve just trademarked the catchy name MORSSE(TM), Movies Over RSS Encapsulation. Move over Bittorrent, here comes MORSSE!

    1. Trademark MORSSE.

    2. ???

    3. Profit!

  14. Norman Diamond says:

    > If the internet is broken, it was my fault.

    Did he give credit to rtm?  Of course the maker of Slammer broke the internet faster, but probably didn’t talk about it so easily.

    Hmmmm.  Is it just a coincidence that RTM is the same as rtm only bigger?

  15. Brooks Moses says:

    An acquaintance of mine broke the internet by accident once, back in the very early 1990s.

    Short version of the story:  He put up a world-writable NFS fileshare on his box.  A certain corner of Usenet found out about it while he was away for the weekend….  Apparently, before he got back, the resulting traffic had overloaded one of the major east-west backbones.

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