internet blocking problem ?

Jon Elson elson at
Thu Sep 10 20:32:11 CDT 2015

Hello, all,

I am a member of the Homebuilt CPU web-ring, and a really 
weird problem has turned up.  The guy who administers the 
ring, David Brooks, is in Australia, and uses 
as his ISP.  All members of the web ring link to his 
personal web pages at iinet. Apparently, due to government 
censorship or a private war between iinet and US content 
providers, iinet or Australia are blocking access from at 
least some sites in the US.  So, from my work or home 
(totally different IPs) I cannot access ANY personal pages 
at iinet, but a few general help pages there can be 
accessed.  As far as I can tell, nobody else in the world is 
being affected.

Some webring members are now using classiccmp mirrors to 
host the affected files to get around this problem.

So, I wonder if I can ask classiccmp members, especially in 
the US, to check if they can view this page:

This is David Brooks' homebuilt 16-bit CPU.

Please send me the results of your test, no matter whether 
it works or DOESN'T work, I am looking for statistics on how 
much of the US is being blocked.  Also, let me know where 
you are.  I am assuming this is only a problem in the US, 
but that is not guaranteed.  I also am not able to make 
email contact with David Brooks, so it seems email is ALSO 
being blocked.

If you want to do some more research, just Google and you will see a lot of hits of the form:

and see if you can access ANY of them.  From both my home 
and work IP, I can not get ANY of these pages to respond.

If you want to see my page, it is :

Thanks for any help or info you can offer!


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