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Several interesting stories are beginning to appear about how people are using the Internet to cope with (or at least report what they’re doing as they DON’T cope with) the shutdown of air travel in the UK, Western Europe and Scandinavia because of airborne ash from the Eyjafjallajokull glacier volcano in Iceland.

1. The prime minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, who is stranded in New York, is “running the Norwegian government from the United States via his new iPad” according to his press secretary.

“Norway Uses iPad to Run the Government During Icelandic Volcano”

2. Graham Cluley of Sophos has reported on his blog that about 600 Sophos employees were attending an annual sales kick-off at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin Thursday and got stranded when all European modes of transportation were jammed by people trying to get home to the UK. He suggested that friends back home organize a Dunkirk-rescue-type operation and pick them up on the channel coast.

His blog piece contains a good map that shows the extent of the ash cloud that is preventing air travel.

“Hundreds of Sophos employees stranded in Berlin by volcano fall-out”

The Tech Herald is carrying great photos of the eruption. It says over 17,000 flights have been cancelled and it could be Sunday before the Sophos gang will be able to fly home to Oxford.

“In Pictures: The volcanic ash cloud forcing countless delays”

Tom Kelchner