Google Issues Affect Only Mac OS X Here

By now, many of you have probably heard about the Google connectivity issues plaguing the northeast. The interesting thing is that no one can put their finger on it, so I figured I’d share.

  • All of my Macs in my home/office here in Durham, New Hampshire are having trouble connecting to Google, in that they can’t connect at all using Firefox or Safari, though my wife’s PowerBook has had success connecting using IE.
  • My linux and Windows machines have no trouble whatsoever, regardless of browser (including lynx).
  • If I connect to a proxy server elsewhere, then Google loads fine on my Mac, indicating to me that, well, it’s not my Macs.
  • This is the wierd one: If I run CrossOver on my MacBook Pro, and then run IE *or* Firefox, Google comes up fine. Yes, that’s right… the Windows version of Firefox running in CrossOver has no problem, while the Mac version (running on the SAME MACHINE SIMULTANEOUSLY) can’t connect.

Got an idea as to why that is?

Update: service was restored shortly after my post hit the blog here, but I’m still curious as to why it worked out this way. Just can’t figure it…

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