I Was The Bad Guy Who Made Your Internet Go Down

And the worst thing is that I had fun doing it

I’m sorry!

The image above reminded me of a fact that happened in the early days of the internet.

I worked for an internet provider.

Those were the days of dial-up internet.

It was expensive to use the internet.

Even more so in Brazil.

And you still occupied your phone line.

Many people accessed it at certain times.

During the day, the lunch break was one of the most popular.

Our provider was unable to support all customers using it at the same time.

Daily, after lunch, I started receiving calls from customers who were unable to connect.

I brought it to the attention of the company’s director, thinking that he would buy more infrastructure.

His response was astonishing:

Drop all modems and turn them on again. Those who need the internet will continue. Whoever was having fun will give up.

Yes, you read that right.

I was allowed to take everyone down.

Do you know that conversation at Mirc that you disconnected? Downloading the song that stopped in the middle?

It was me.

I knocked down everyone who accessed my provider.

I was like 007, with a license to kill your connection.

And I even enjoyed doing that.

But I didn’t agree.

I am not proud of that. But I found it interesting to tell this story.

It shows a little how things were at the beginning.

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