internet blocking problem ?

Mike Ross tmfdmike at
Thu Sep 10 22:15:45 CDT 2015

I've forwarded this to a journo at The Register, and hopefully they'll
have a good poke at it.


On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 1:32 PM, Jon Elson <elson at> wrote:
> 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!
> Jon

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