Another Google outage hits South Africa

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Google downtime hits South Africa, again

Google has experienced problems for a second day in a row, with YouTube, Gmail, and other services down for many South Africans.

According to Downdetector the problems started around 18:00 on Thursday and escalated towards 21:00.
 

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Wow guess I just got my work uploaded to Google drive just in time, how the boss can access it.
 

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Yep, pretty much all Google services are down for me as well as sites that use googleapi’s are taking forever to load up.
 
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coincided with my Openserve upgrade in speed so took a while to figure out what was happening.... and the Workspace Status for Google was showing all good...
 

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It was working fine for me the whole time.

After the last outage, I stopped using Google and cloudflare as my DNS server and used out ISPs own DNS.

I suspect what was happening, is that so many ISPs configure automated failovers and BGP route changes based on the availability of local DNS services from Google and Cloudflare, that it causes all sorts of secondary problems.

When Google or Cloudflare sneezes, we all get the internet Covid
 

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Yep, pretty much all Google services are down for me as well as sites that use googleapi’s are taking forever to load up.
Plenty sites down because of this. Just highlights the eggs in one basket effect with Google.
 

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It was working fine for me the whole time.

After the last outage, I stopped using Google and cloudflare as my DNS server and used out ISPs own DNS.

I suspect what was happening, is that so many ISPs configure automated failovers and BGP route changes based on the availability of local DNS services from Google and Cloudflare, that it causes all sorts of secondary problems.

When Google or Cloudflare sneezes, we all get the internet Covid
This is why I chuckle when I hear people say they are done with Google...
Ohrly? Half the internet doesn't function without Microsoft, Google and Facebook.
 

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This is why I chuckle when I hear people say they are done with Google...
Ohrly? Half the internet doesn't function without Microsoft, Google and Facebook.
Had to type Wikipedia’s url in manually for the first time on Wednesday evening. Was weird, felt like I was back in the 90s. I’ll keep the google thanks.
 

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01 March 2021: SA to force ISPs to BEE ownership
03 March 2021: Google down @ 19:30 - 20:00
04 March 2021: Google down @ 18:00 - 21:00

South Africa does not have a good track record with things like this. To quote Far Cry 3: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again, and expecting a different result". Then Vaas strips his moer and throws annoying frat-boy Jason into a waterfall pool with a big rock attached to his leg. Fun game.

This reminds me of the story where patients died in a certain ward of a hospital every Thursday morning, like clockwork. It got named some spooky name. Upon investigation, they found that it was one of the cleaners that unplugged the life support because the plugs were full, to wax the floors / vacuum, then plug life support back in, but by then the patients were dead. Probably a fictional story. Anyways,

I can imagine that something similar might be happening here, since it's happening at the same time. Someone unplugging the load balancer / DNS server every night to clean the floors in the datacentre...
 

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I love how none of you wants to use Bing. "Let me Bing that" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Well, if you tell your girl you want to Bing something, she might think something else and you'll sleep on the couch.
 

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I love how none of you wants to use Bing. "Let me Bing that" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Well, if you tell your girl you want to Bing something, she might think something else and you'll sleep on the couch.
/goes to register fukkfukkblow.com :D
 

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I love how none of you wants to use Bing. "Let me Bing that" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Well, if you tell your girl you want to Bing something, she might think something else and you'll sleep on the couch.
The google issue is not even about searching, there's google DNS, GSuite, embedded analytics scripts, etc.
More than 6 million companies use GSuite alone... probably a ton more websites use analytics, tracking and other scripts - some without deferred loading. The result is a bunch of sites other than Google appear down.
 
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