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Toastman... are you okay?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by mpegmaster, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. mpegmaster

    mpegmaster Addicted to LI Member

    Et al,

    Since the typhoon went thru the Philippines last week, I have not seen a post from him.

    Just wondering if he is okay?

    Maybe we the "Tomato Firmware" group could start a a router donation effort to help out with the lack of internet connections.

    I would offer to be a collection site, but would need funds or find a free way to ship them to the the Philippines.

    Just trying help.... would be a excellent way of showing that us geeks are human too!

    Cheers!!!

    -mpegmaster
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2013
  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

  3. Frequenzy

    Frequenzy Networkin' Nut Member

    this thread made my day!
     
  4. mpegmaster

    mpegmaster Addicted to LI Member

    I knew about the distance... :cool: got someone's attention too!

    The real need is...

    Maybe we the "Tomato Firmware" group could start a a router donation effort to help out with the lack of internet connections.

    I would offer to be a collection site, but would need funds or find a free way to ship them to the the Philippines.

    Just trying help.... would be a excellent way of showing that us geeks are human too!

    Cheers!!!

    -mpegmaster
     
  5. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Last edited: Nov 16, 2013
  6. Victek

    Victek Network Guru Member

    I'm shocked by the images but let's fix things in the right scope: Do you think a router will save lives with almost of infrastructures destroyed? ... Philippines and all organizations for help are asking for money to buy their needs in closer countries, so, send money to save lives if you can....
     
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  7. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Several of my friends in the affected areas in Phil have gone offline - we believe they are OK but... Routers are of little use, there is no infrastructure to connect to, nor any electricity to power them. There are no phones in the affected areas. The US military is using their aircraft to rescue people and to lift supplies. Most SE Asian Nations including Thailand have sent food, aid, and manpower. Thaicom satellite has already provided internet services and the operators have sent equipment to access it, this will be used by the authorities (but not the public). The public have nothing, money is useless to them as there is nothing to buy. Monetary donations to the relief organizations is the only real way for us to help at this time.
     
  8. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    I know the OP was asking about Toastman's well being. I'm sorry if I interject.

    So far things are still in distress. A lot of people are in need of basic necessities. The outpouring of AID from all over the world is indeed very much appreciated. It may not be enough because everyone affected would need at least 6 months to a year to rise amidst all the devastation.

    There were a lot of inaccurate news that came out earlier, like there was no preparation before the typhoon hit our mainland. Two days BEFORE Haiyan struck, the local government as well as the national government warned and evacuated all the possible areas where it was to land. Representatives from the national government were already stationed in these areas two days before the storm. Emergency relief goods were already stored in the local government units, ready for delivery - as soon as the storm waned. People were already in the evacuation areas.

    Unfortunately, because typhoon Haiyan was so strong, (the strongest category 5 storm to ever hit landfall in history), everything was decimated! The evacuation buildings where people took shelter. A lot perished in these evacuation buildings. The storage buildings where all the emergency relief goods were stored. The municipal buildings. Airports were ruined. Every arterial roads are blocked by debris. Telecommunication was down, although now mobile telecommunication is starting to work. But power lines and wired telecommunication will take months to be restored.

    Everything were destroyed.

    NOTHING COULD'VE WITHSTOOD THE ENORMOUS POWER OF TYPHOON HAIYAN - NO MATTER HOW PREPARED THE GOVERNMENT WAS. IT'S A BIG RELIEF NIGHTMARE.

    Amidst all these, the Filipino spirit is strong. With the help of the international community, we will rise above this, stronger and forever grateful for everything and everyone who pitched in.

    Merely asking how things are, in this part of the word, is already enough to boost our morale and spirit.

    In behalf of every Filipino. THANK YOU!
     
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  9. thunderforce

    thunderforce Networkin' Nut Member

    My guess is the only reason aid is getting to the Phillipines is because the US Military is handing it out directly.

    [cynicism] If the Phillipine government did so, it would never get there as it would've been siphoned off to some local corrupt official(s). That's how it works in a lot of places like that. [/cynicism]
     
  10. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    guys, this is not the time or place for comments like this.... ok?
     
  11. mito

    mito LI Guru Member

    mpegmaster, fortunately Toastman is ok, we have him back again.
    shocking images, oh my god send that poor people some relief soon!
     

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