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Live Blogging From New Orleans

From AP News, this story about a small company in New Orleans company fighting to keep even some Internet connectivity to and from the city. The story points to their own real time blog on what is going on from their POV in the middle of everything. Here is a link to his blog:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/interdictor/

And here are excerpts from the AP news story:

"As employees try to keep sites up, crisis manager's blog offers vivid details

Even as its employees sleep on the office floor, breathing diesel fumes from a generator and watching looters from their windows, a Web company in New Orleans vows it won't let the hurricane shut it down.

Employees of Intercosmos Media Group Inc. have been holed up in a 27-story skyscraper since Sunday morning, according to crisis manager Michael Barnett.

They are trying to keep their data center alive and with it some 800,000 Web sites that would otherwise go offline, including online backup site dataprotection.com...

The central business district that Intercosmos occupies is dry, but civil order has broken down and getting diesel fuel for the generator has been a major concern.< "We need diesel. We'll find some. We have people depending on us and we are not going to let them down," Barnett wrote in his "interdictor" Web journal. "It is a zoo out there though, make no mistake. Anyone who is on the streets is in immediate danger of being robbed and killed. It's that bad..."

For security reasons, Barnett would not reveal how many people were in the building or how they were armed.

On Wednesday, the company gave shelter to a police officer whose station was underwater. It also helped another company bring one of its most critical computers to Intercosmos' own data center. An unexpected payoff: 25 gallons of water from the other company's office.

Employees haven't been lacking food. The company has routinely supplied its employees with lunch up to twice a week, and chief executive Sigmund Solares was storing food "just to keep ahead," Barnett said via instant messaging.

Barnett started the blog last week. One of his first entries: "Hmm. This could actually be a nasty storm."
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