Activists in Egypt use fax machines, ham radios and other outdated tech to protest

The ongoing information blackout in Egypt is so serious that activists are actually digging through their garages and attics for old dial-up modems, fax machines and ham radios to replace the blocked Internet. I guess the old phrase, "one man's trash is another man's treasure" still applies in this situation.

Activist groups such as We Re-Build and Telecomex said it was listening for voice and Morse code messages sent through ham radio frequencies. The Internet activist group/vigilantes/whatever-you-want-to-call-'em Anonymous said it was using fax machines to fax Wikileaks cables about the Egyptian regime that might be relevant as well.

See, that old heap of electronics you'd toss into a landfill somewhere is still useful.

At times like these, creativity goes a long way. With the pace at which technology is moves, it's good to know that prominent technology from a decade ago and older can still be used effectively today.

BBC, via Gearlog

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